Data nerds, rejoice, the aria lists from this fall’s audition tour are now available on our Audition Resources page. And, as a special bonus this year, the spreadsheet with tabs for all voice types is available as a Google Sheet for download, sorting, and churning here.
A little under-the-hood info for those of you who follow and use these lists. They’ve been facilitated in a big way by our proprietary audition application site, which used drop-down lists for aria selections, ensuring that selections were all spelled and represented in the same manner for easy sorting and merging.
This year, we moved to YAP Tracker for our audition applications – partially because singers have largely migrated there to track all of their audition season activity, and it makes sense for us to conform. But the big downside is that all of the arias were keyed in by singers, and the parsing of the data took about twice as long. Sorting and merging 4,340 arias is complicated by the multiplicity of ways to refer to an aria (Air de Feu… “Arriere!”… Fire Aria!), and misspellings of arias, composers, and operas (oh, and hundreds of missing diacriticals…).
All of this is not (just) to whine and explain away the delay. There’s a higher purpose. (Did you ever doubt it?)
These lists were a labor of love for me, and they were born from my frustration as a young opera coach, not knowing how to prioritize learning hundreds of arias. And I fully expected to retire them along with myself in a few months :) But so many of you have told us how helpful they are – in the studio, in the classroom, and beyond – that we’re on a mission to perpetuate them. So… starting next year, WTO will be looking for a data nerd to shepherd these lists into the next generation. Sound like a fun grad school project? If you or anyone you know might be interested in helping, drop us a line at opera-at-wolftrap.org!
(Oh, and P.S. there are always mistakes… If you spot something, drop it in the comments, and I’ll make the correction. It takes a village.)