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Top 123 Best Audition Songs for Mezzo-Sopranos

Is the date for that big audition getting closer? Are you looking around for the best audition songs for mezzo-sopranos? This could be a big deal. They haven’t invited you along to make the tea, have they? They want to hear you because they think you are worth listening to.

So, you have got to impress them, and that is not going to be easy. You will need to stand out from the rest. The people watching will probably have done this a hundred times before. It may even be a process they don’t like but have to go through.


What To Choose?

Always a very difficult thing. Do you go with songs that are popular for auditions? Ones that they may have heard two dozen times before? Or do you try something new and be brave? 

Do You Know What The Audition Is For?

Have you any idea of the part they want to fill? They have given you a choice of your own material, so it might be anything. But if you have an idea, then it isn’t a bad idea to lean in that direction.

There are plenty of songs from musicals you can choose from. There are also plenty of songs that are not from musicals that will show off what you can do. And that is what they really want to see. What can you do? Can you generate emotion? Are you believable when you sing the lyrics?

What Is A Mezzo-Soprano

The mezzo-soprano sits between soprano and contralto. The tone is usually rich and resonant and is a perfect fit for much of the music we hear today. The range is usually between A3 to A5, but some can go either slightly above or below.

So, let’s make a few suggestions. I will include some of the great mezzo-soprano songs from musicals, some maybe not so well known. And also, throw in a couple of surprises along the way. Something to allow you to be different. As I said, you need to stand out. Let’s make a start.

1 Shall We Dance? by The King And I 

We’ll start with one of the great musicals from the 50s, if not of all time, “The King And I.” Rodgers and Hammerstein were masters of writing great musicals, and this is certainly one. 

It was based on the memoirs of Anna Leonowens, who was the governess to the children of King Mongkut of Siam, now Thailand, in the 1860s.

It recounts the experiences of this school teacher hired to try and modernize a country that refused to be modernized. She has a ‘love-hate’ relationship with the King with an emphasis on the former. This song recounts that special moment when they finally admit that the former is the stronger.

Something to keep in mind

You will be fine performing this as long as there isn’t a Thai on the auditioning panel. Even now, the musical itself, the film, the music, and even the story are banned in Thailand. They seem to think it shows them in a bad light. Their loss.

Premiered in 1951 in New York, this song encapsulates the greatness of the composers and the optimism in the lyrics. A good choice.

2 Something Wonderful (finale) by The King and I 

One more from “The King and I,” this time in a different mood. At the finale, one of the King’s wives tries to explain to Anna, the teacher, the complexity of how the King thinks. How he is torn between what he wants and what he can have. 

It is a touching moment as Anna is confronted with the realities of duty as the King sees it. An outstanding song, in the original, beautifully sung. It is certain to give you the chance to put in a big performance if you can get it right. 

A Delicate Balance

It is a fine balance between acting out the part and singing the song. But also being believable at the same time. With songs like this, it’s easy to go too far down the sympathy road. But get it right, and you’ve got a performance from you they will remember.

3 Secret Love by Calamity Jane 

This was one of the big films of the early 50s starring most people’s heartthrob, Doris Day. And it is she that sings this great song that was only one of several great songs from the film.

Was Calamity Jane a fictitious character? Not a bit of it. She was a rough, tough, tobacco-chewing, whisky-drinking wildcat. The antithesis of the glamorous Miss Day. But she was also a humanitarian. For years she spent her time in the town of Deadwood nursing victims of the smallpox epidemic. 

Love in the Wild West

Rumor has it that she was in love with ‘Wild Bill’ Hickok, but he paid her no attention. Was the song in the film sung to him? Could have been on someone’s mind when it was written. When she died in 1903, she was buried next to him.

This is a tender love song that will stir a few memories for those old enough to remember the film. And also impress those that aren’t. A good choice for a mezzo-soprano audition song, if only because of the quality of the song.

4 Love Look Away by The Flower Drum Song

The Flower Drum Song was a 1958 stage musical from 1958 turned into a film in 1961. The eighth musical by Rodgers and Hammerstein. It was a piece of work that broke down plenty of barriers. It was the first musical and the first film to have a predominantly Asian-American cast.

I have included this not as a popular mezzo-soprano audition song but as one that demonstrates vocal ability. It is not the easiest song to listen to musically. 

And, it certainly isn’t the easiest song to sing. But it is a “musical” song, and if that is what they need from you, then this will impress.

5 There’s No Business Like Show Business by Annie Get Your Gun

Just like Calamity Jane, another stage musical made into a film based on the life of a female western character. Annie Oakley was a renowned sharpshooter and a member of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. 

This then is a little more lighthearted in its approach to the subject, probably because the character was quite a bit different.

Written by Irving Berlin, this is a bit of a lighthearted romp and allows a lot of creative freedom in its interpretation. I have included it for that reason. It is a good song to punch out, but also to act the part a little. Something those auditioning could well be interested in seeing.

6 Another Suitcase In Another Hall by Evita 

“Don’t Cry For Me Argentina” may have been the ‘big’ song from this musical by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber. But in my opinion, this wasn’t far behind in quality.

Covered by quite a few people, but in my opinion, Barbara Dickson made the finest version. A simplistic expression of what the song is about. And it didn’t include all the ‘I am a supposed superstar, listen to me’ attitude about it.

It needs to be portrayed with the theme of the song very much in mind. Webber and Tim Rice managed to capture the strange nomadic existence that some people have these days by using a suitcase. Constantly moving and changing, with no roots and no base.

Delicate But In Some ways Brutal

Dickson controls the song with delicacy and sadness. But then hits you with the line “take your picture off another wall,” which is quite brutal in its meaning.

Another song that allows some passion and emotion to be injected. If you can do that and cut out the overdone histrionics of some, you will deliver a great performance.

7 Hopelessly Devoted To You by Grease 

In some people’s eyes, this is one of the best musical films or stage musicals that we have seen in decades. And it still has such a great appeal.

There is something about 50s America that holds a romantic notion, whether it’s realistic or otherwise. Quite a large number of people who are the biggest fans weren’t even born. 

Nevertheless, it was a time that held dreams and promises for the future. However misguided those dreams were to prove to be.

It Typified An Age

Grease was one of those productions that typified an age. Rock n Roll, rebellious kids, dressed-up cars, and plenty of leather, it was all there. So, it was bound to be a success. And add in Olivia Newton-John, and you have a sure-fire winner.

This is a great song taken from the show that was almost out of place in the production. But it is a good song that needs delicate handling. Great for an audition because maybe many others won’t choose it, and those watching will all know it.

8 There Are Worse Things I Could Do by Grease

Stockard Channing, in my book, was one of the unsung heroes of Grease with her performance. And it was typified in this, another great song from the film.

This is a song that wasn’t included so much for its overall quality, but for what you can do with it as a singer. She starts with some dialogue and then breaks into the song. If they are looking for someone to act a part as well as be able to sing, then this is the song that will do it.


When you choose a song like this, you have not only to sing the song but live the part. We all know Rizzo and how she was portrayed, so you have to be able to produce something similar. 

Not by how you dress, but by actions, voice inflections, and even the way you walk while singing it. Get this right, and they will be in for a pleasant surprise.

9 Hello Young Lovers by The King And I 

Let’s go back to this outstanding work from the great Rodgers and Hammerstein. A well-known musical-type song and one that is included not necessarily because it is the best song in the show. But, because it offers the chance to add a little bit of role-playing as well as singing the song.

Those auditioning are going to want to hear a good voice, but they will also want to see how you interpret lyrics. And then be able to put that into the context of your performance. This is a great song for that.

10 Climb Ev’ry Mountain by The Sound of Music

And so we move into the realms of some of the greatest songs and some of the great performances from the stage and film. Peggy Wood is a name that doesn’t resonate with most as Julie Andrews does. But her role in The Sound of Music was vital. And this song was one of the big moments.

A stunning voice that it would be near impossible to copy. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t consider including this song. It is going to test your voice, of course, and they will be looking for that. 

But it will also demonstrate how you can relate to the lyrics and put the song across accordingly. A big song demands a big performance. And easily one of the best audition songs for mezzo-sopranos.

11 As Long As He Needs Me by Oliver Twist

This is one of the great songs from Lionel Bart’s adaptation of Charles Dickens Oliver Twist. Sung with great feeling by Nancy, a petty thief and member of Bill Sykes’s gang of thieves. It is passionate and sincere but tragic as Sykes, of course, murders her.

All of those emotions have to be packed into this song. She loves him but is terrified of his temper, justifiably so in the end. That feeling has to come across.

The most famous recording

The one by Shirley Bassey, who nailed it. Not bad for a singer who forgot on the day to turn up at the studio for the recording. She went to the cinema instead. Abbey Road Studio One was not cheap, and they had to be out by 5.30 pm.

They found her in the cinema and dragged her down to the studio by 5.10 pm. She had twenty minutes. And then she delivered a performance that sent shivers. Pure talent. Don’t be late for your audition; you probably won’t be treated the same.

12 Somewhere by Westside Story

We close our look at the great mezzo-soprano songs for your audition with a song that has become a legend. Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim joined forces on this interpretation of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. 

It turned out to be a masterpiece, and this song probably led the way amongst some great music. So, this song needs careful handling, and if you have seen the product, you will know why. 

A power-packed performance

It is sung by Consuelo, a friend of Maria’s. Maria herself sings the first few lines as Tony lies dying in her arms after he has been shot.

A great song, one of the best, packed with feelings, emotion, and history about 50s America. As I have said, it needs a careful performance, but also a big performance. You’ve got to be brave to try this, but get it right, and you will wow the panel.

Great Music from Great Shows and Films

But what if you want to step outside of this and do something different. I would think that the majority of those auditioning will choose songs from musicals or films. To do something unexpected might work in your favor. 

There are plenty of great songs for mezzo-sopranos to sing at an audition. Here are just two. 

13 My Immortal by Evanescence featuring Amy Lee

This is a song from the US metal band’s first album, Fallen, released in 2003. It featured in many of their stage concerts for years. 

It is a good choice as something different because the backing is not full-on. This allows the vocal to be at the center of the song. A good opportunity to let your voice cut through and be heard in what is a very good song.

14 Sinéad by Within Temptation featuring Sharon Den Adel

We have reached the end of this list of the best audition songs for mezzo-sopranos. A powerful song and performance from Sharon den Adel of the Dutch band Within Temptation. 

‘Symphonic Rock’ is the best way of describing them, and this has everything. Powerful chorus, plenty of orchestra along with thundering guitars, drums, and bass.

It has an unexpected break in the middle that allows the vocal to demonstrate a softness, which is the opposite of what has been going on before it. Something different? Then this is worth considering.

15 Defying Gravity by Wicked

16 Don’t Rain on My Parade by Funny Girl

17 On My Own by Les Misérables

18 Memory by Cats

19 Someone Like You by Jekyll & Hyde

20 Gimme Gimme by Thoroughly Modern Millie

21 As If We Never Said Goodbye by Sunset Boulevard

22 I Can’t Help Falling in Love by Elvis Presley

23 The Winner Takes It All by ABBA

24 I Have Nothing by Whitney Houston

25 When You Believe by Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey

26 Bring Him Home by Les Misérables

27 Think of Me by The Phantom of the Opera

28 Part of Your World by The Little Mermaid

29 Astonishing by Little Women

30 Tomorrow by Annie

31 Cabaret by Cabaret

32 I’m Here by The Color Purple

33 I Don’t Know How to Love Him by Jesus Christ Superstar

34 No One Else by Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812

35 Defying Gravity by Finding Neverland

36 Let It Go by Frozen

37 So Much Better by Legally Blonde

38 I Dreamed a Dream by Miss Saigon

39 Don’t Cry for Me Argentina by Evita

40 And All That Jazz by Chicago

41 Waving Through a Window by Dear Evan Hansen

42 She Used to Be Mine by Waitress

43 Breathe by In the Heights

44 I Could Have Danced All Night by My Fair Lady

45 I’m Changing by Dreamgirls

46 Pulled by The Addams Family

47 I Know It’s Today by Shrek the Musical

48 I Dreamed a Dream by Les Misérables

49 And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going by Dreamgirls

50 I Feel the Earth Move by Carole King

More 73 Best Audition Songs for Mezzo-Sopranos

    1. Maybe This Time from Cabaret
    2. I’d Give My Life for You from Miss Saigon
    3. Come to My Garden from The Secret Garden
    4. The Wizard and I from Wicked
    5. This Is the Moment from Jekyll & Hyde
    6. As Long As You’re Mine from Wicked
    7. Vanilla Ice Cream from She Loves Me
    8. I’m Not That Girl from Wicked
    9. One Perfect Moment from Bring It On: The Musical
    10. Falling Slowly from Once
    11. I’m Breaking Down from Falsettos
    12. Everything I Know from In the Heights
    13. No Good Deed from Wicked
    14. I Can Do Better Than That from The Last Five Years
    15. Some Things Are Meant to Be from Little Women
    16. Losing My Mind from Follies
    17. Papa, Can You Hear Me? from Yentl
    18. Times Are Hard for Dreamers from Amélie
    19. What I Did for Love from A Chorus Line
    20. You Can’t Stop the Beat from Hairspray
    21. Being Alive from Company
    22. All That Jazz from Chicago
    23. I Can Hear the Bells from Hairspray
    24. The Hill from Once
    25. Mama Who Bore Me from Spring Awakening
    26. Take Me or Leave Me from Rent
    27. I’m a Star from Carrie
    28. The Party’s Over from Bells Are Ringing
    29. On My Way from Violet
    30. The Life I Never Led from Sister Act
    31. I Never Has Seen Snow from House of Flowers
    32. A Quiet Thing from Flora the Red Menace
    33. Dance: Ten; Looks: Three from A Chorus Line
    34. A Change in Me from Beauty and the Beast
    35. Astonishing from Little Women
    36. Watch What Happens from Newsies
    37. Gimme, Gimme from Thoroughly Modern Millie
    38. One Night Only from Dreamgirls
    39. I Am Changing from Dreamgirls
    40. What I Did for Love from A Chorus Line
    41. Don’t Tell Mama from Cabaret
    42. If My Friends Could See Me Now from Sweet Charity
    43. There Are Worse Things I Could Do from Grease
    44. Aldonza from Man of La Mancha
    45. I Got Rhythm from Crazy for You
    46. Anything Goes from Anything Goes
    47. Before the Parade Passes By from Hello, Dolly!
    48. I Got Love from Purlie
    49. Maybe This Time from Cabaret
    50. Take Me to the World from Evening Primrose
    51. So In Love from Kiss Me, Kate
    52. A Brand New Day from The Wiz
    53. I Enjoy Being a Girl from Flower Drum Song
    54. I Can Cook Too from On the Town
    55. The Sweetest Sounds from No Strings
    56. As Long As He Needs Me from Oliver!
    57. You’ll Never Walk Alone from Carousel
    58. Bali Ha’i from South Pacific
    59. I Can Hear the Bells from Hairspray
    60. If I Were a Bell from Guys and Dolls
    61. Meadowlark from The Baker’s Wife
    62. I’d Give My Life for You from Miss Saigon
    63. Nowadays from Chicago
    64. My White Knight from The Music Man
    65. Never Enough from The Greatest Showman
    66. Part of Your World from The Little Mermaid
    67. Requiem from Dear Evan Hansen
    68. A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes from Cinderella
    69. I Just Want to Be a Star from Nunsense
    70. Simple Little Things from 110 in the Shade
    71. Love Changes Everything from Aspects of Love
    72. On the Steps of the Palace from Into the Woods
    73. What Baking Can Do from Waitress

Plenty To Consider

That is what I have tried to give you. There are some timeless classics that others will consider, of course. But, there are some other songs from the shows that leave an impact, and that is what you need to do. 

Showing What You Can Do

Auditions are about demonstrating your abilities. But they are also about showing you have ‘an edge.’ Something different. You want the people watching you to leave remembering your performance. It might not be what they want for this part. But it could be for a future opportunity.

Looking for Great Songs to Sing?

We can help with that. Have a look at our detailed articles on Audition-Friendly Pop Songs for Baritones, the Best Audition Songs for Basses, the Best Audition Songs for Altos, the Best Audition Songs for Kids, and the Best Duet Karaoke Songs for more great musical options.

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Best Audition Songs for Mezzo-Sopranos – Final Thought

One last thing. Always have another song ready to go. It may be the audition gets down to two or three, and you are one of them. They may ask you if you can do another song.

Make it as good as the first, and make it a little different to show your range of styles. Good luck, practice hard, and be brave in your choices.

Until next time, make yourself heard.

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About Corey Hoffman

Corey is a multi-instrumentalist who has played in numerous bands over the years, some good, some not so good. He has also written countless songs and recorded five albums in professional studios across America. Today he is a hobby musician but still loves the guitar after over 15 years of playing.

He considers his writing as a way to share what he has learned over the decades with younger generations ad always can't wait to get his hands on the latest gear.

He lives just outside New York with his wife Barbara and their two German Shepherds, Ziggy and Iggy.

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