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2006 Auditions: ScreeningWelcome aboard. For the next 30 weeks we’ll chronicle the development of our 2006 season. It all starts here, on a dining room table covered with forms, résumés, headshots and CDs. October is my least favorite month – I have to take 500+ applications (exact number not yet known) and whittle them down

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Curtain Up

This year’s installment of the audition tour blog starts on or about October 24 – see you then.

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Reference Post: Master Class

Participants’ Responses to Take Off Your Emotional Clothes and Sing – Barbara Cook’s Master Class at JuilliardDecember 13, 2005 Paul Kwak, pianist Metaphors are only as insightful as the perceptions of those who coin them. As agents of symbolism, given over to the investments of experience, myopic opinion, and even wrongheaded interpretation, their artistic potential

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About the Wolf Trap Opera Company

During a nationwide audition tour that’s held every autumn, about 15 young professional singers are chosen to spend most of the next summer at Wolf Trap. During the summer season, they prepare, rehearse and perform all of the roles in three different operas, sing in concerts and recitals, and receive individualized performance-based coaching. Singers may

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About This Blog

Why write this blog? I’d like to believe that my primary motive is altruistic. There are things we experience on “this side” of the business that we rarely have a chance to share. Access to this basic information (especially about auditioning/casting/producing) can mean a great deal to emerging artists. Other motives? Purely selfish. I like

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Ciao for now!

Finally, back to an audioblog for the last posting – see below. Thanks for coming along for the ride!– Kim Transcript of audio post:This was supposed to be an audioblog, but it didn’t happen. It was somehow too hard to distill and inflect things so they came out the way I wanted. So I ended

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Good Ol’ Gioachino

My audition tour colleague is an unlikely Rossini fan. He’s an American pianist born in Germany, and one would expect his tastes to run to Wagner and Strauss. And indeed they do. (He’s taking a sabbatical from Wolf Trap this summer to work on the “Ring” at Seattle Opera.) But he’s an unabashedly rabid Rossini

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Feel Like Talking Back?

Tonight’s recital (“Where the Boys Are”) was sold out months ago, and the capacity audience was captivated by these songs running the gamut from Sir Arthur Sullivan and William Bolcom to Joni Michell and Cy Coleman. Fears of alientating the audience with controversial material were unfounded. Had a few post-performance conversations about the blog, oddly

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