The Road to 2017: NYC

NYC Panel

PSA to all singers re auditioning in the Marc A. Scorca Recital Hall at Opera America: There are steps about 4 feet downstage of the piano! We’ve watched too many almost-accidents (and one actual tumble) from folks entering the hall and falling down the steps before we could warn them. OK, on to the report

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The Road to 2017: San Francisco

Audition Panel

We had a lovely start to our audition day, with a greeting from one of the nicest stage door guards we’ve ever met! And periodic visits with SFO colleagues, friends, and WTO alums continued the good vibes. The Aria Watch Variety abounded again today, and for that we are grateful. (I’ll take an Old Fart

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The Road to 2017: LA to San Fran

Redpath audition

We had a really strong series of auditions in Los Angeles yesterday. Our first 30 singers of the tour brought arias spanning 6 languages (Italian, French, German, English, Russian and Czech) and 5 centuries (from Monteverdi to Heggie)! From Behind the Table Introductions: A word to younger singers (typically in our Studio Artist pool) who are just

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Opera Beyond The Barns: Lucretia

WTO The Rape of Lucretia, credit Scott Suchman

WTO’s video streaming initiative continues with our June 2016 The Rape of Lucretia!  The Washington Post called it “an intense wallop of a well-sung production.” It was that and more. We were terrifically proud of this show and of its corresponding Lucretia Project events.  The production featured a powerful ensemble cast: J’Nai Bridges, Will Liverman, Brenton Ryan, Kerriann Otaño, Christian Zaremba,

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“Voices Uplifted” – Benefitting Voices for Virginia’s Children

WTO alumnus Ryan Speedo Green

Today, a follow-up to last week’s Positive Voices post. (If you subscribe to this blog by email, you’ll want to click through to read it; there was a software problem last week that prevented that post coming to your Inbox.) I want to be sure that my readers in the DC / Virginia / Maryland areas know about

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Positive Voices


I had planned to churn out a chatty blog post at the end of September, calling your attention to a new book about WTO alumnus Ryan Speedo Green and celebrating his journey as one of many success stories among our alumni. But the national news changed all of that. Race is top of mind in

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Never Mind

If you are a subscriber to the blog, and you received an odd test message this morning, please ignore it!  And not to worry if you clicked through; it’s harmless, not malicious. It was just a test from the company who manages our blog software, and it was never intended for distribution :) OK, back to

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Only Two More Days of Ghosts!


It’s your last chance to see our 2015 production of Corigliano & Hoffman’s The Ghosts of Versailles! Our exclusive 6-month web streaming period comes to an end this Thursday (September 22, 2016.) Until then, you can see this critically acclaimed performance at Want just a taste? Link straight through to these highlights: Bégearss Scene & Aria:

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The Opportunity Cost of Audition Attire “Rules”


A quick shout today to you ladies who are trying to figure out what to wear for the coming audition season. There’s some beautifully sane advice from Suzanne and Sara in this piece on Schmopera. You owe it to yourself to click through. I’m big on opportunity cost these days, and I’m increasingly viewing the

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Audition Miscellany


Time-sensitive: Application deadline for Chicago and Cincinnati is tonight! New York Notifications: If you applied for a NYC audition date, you should hear from us by Thursday. Just a word of warning… We have 132 singer slots in NY this year, and we received 439 applications for that site alone. (If you’re doing the math,

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