Posts Categorized: Auditions

The Road to 2017: NYC Rearview

Before we hop on the plane to Chicago… Bravo, New York! I think this is the strongest series of auditions we’ve held in NYC for over a decade. Thank you all! So sorry that we couldn’t carry more singers forward as finalists for 2017, but it has been a super strong field this year. Some

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The Road to 2017: NYC

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

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

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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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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Last But Not Least…

Today, your final installment of 2016 Audition Tour Aria Frequency Lists, before I go off to review audition applications. (New York deadline coming up on Wednesday.) Baritones and basses offered up a 3-way tie for #1 aria this year. (Valentin/Count/Pierrot for the former and Sarastro/DeBrogni/Zoroastro for the latter.) Bass-baritones almost had a 2-way tie between Leporello and Figaro.

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Lots o’ Lensky & West Coast Deadline

Tenors, your list is here! Strictly speaking, Tamino was the winner. But Lensky was a strong second. (To think of it, Lensky could’ve used a good second, poor guy…) And – heads up – today is September 1, the deadline for applying to audition in Los Angeles (October 1) and San Francisco (October 3). Applications are

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Mezzo Stats: Strauss and Mozart Win the Day

You mezzos are a patient breed. There was no whining that I took care of the sopranos first and made you wait all weekend for your aria frequency list. (You know we love you for that, ladies.) Click through to the PDF to find out what mezzos sang during our 2016 auditions. This year, both the presence on the arias-offered-packages and the

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Pamina vs. Iolanta: The Soprano Stats

In honor of the fact that our first audition application deadline for summer 2017 is just a week away (yes, if you want to audition in LA or San Francisco, you must apply by Thursday, September 1…), I give you the 2016 Aria Frequency List for sopranos! Click through to the PDF to inspect the data in

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