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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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Weight and Wells Fargo: Labor Day Edition

First, there was that unfortunate Wells Fargo ad campaign. I must say that I wasn’t at all surprised to see a financial institution valuing STEM occupations above the arts. It’s somehow perfectly logical in that world. But we did well by calling them on it. And it was wonderful to see that most of the response came

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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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The Lucretia Project

(A guest post by Lee Anne Myslewski, WTO’s Director of Artistic Administration) When we started looking at Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia in earnest last fall, we knew that we weren’t going to be able to produce it without comment, the way we had in 1988. And, quite honestly, the piece is so rich in

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Chastity, Patriarchy, Eroticism and Freedom

These are some of the things that stayed with me after attending Dr. Alexandra Libby’s See Lucretia presentation at McLean Project for the Arts last night… In the Italian Renaissance, many works of art depicting Lucretia were meant primarily for women. Sometimes painted on wedding chests, sometimes hanging in private bedrooms, they were an ultimate reminder of

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Lunch in the British Isles

Today boasted the first entry in “A Little Lunch Music: – our noontime series of short concerts for Wolf Trap Foundation staff. Our guest artist Steven Blier and his cast offered a tantalizing preview of this weekend’s From Lute Song to the Beatles. Sunday is sold out, but there are still some tickets left for Saturday!

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BonjourHi, Montréal!

I just returned from a quick trip to the Opera America conference in beautiful Montréal. Since my stay was limited to 21 hours, it was pretty much just a lovely French-inflected operatic blur. ‘Twas a shame to turn around and come home so soon, but things are heating up here, and (as my OA colleague

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