We’re home at The Barns, and I continue to fall down on the blogging job. :(
The fatigue is increasingly overwhelming as we push toward the audition tour finish line tomorrow at 6pm! Of course, the finish line is just another term for the starting gate for the repertoire and casting process. Wish us luck as we put together the 2015 season.
A Look Back
Our Houston week came and went, and it was lovely. In addition to a strong bunch of auditions, we heard a terrific Return of Ulysses at Rice University Shepherd School of Music (featuring four former Wolf Trap Studio Artists) and a wonderful Otello (below) at Houston Grand Opera.
No matter where we go around the country, we see former Trappers onstage. This Otello was a particularly special night, with a cast that featured six WTO alumni: Simon O’Neill, Ailyn Pérez, Norman Reinhardt, Morris Robinson, Victoria Livengood and Kevin Ray.
Aria Frequency Lists…
I’m running late on these, but they are on their way. (For new readers: These lists show the frequency with which arias are offered by the singers who sang during this audition tour. Go here for previous iterations.) I haven’t seen all of the data yet, but I sense that it will contain a few surprises. Anecdotally at least, there are quite a few mainstream arias that seem to be markedly absent this year. We’ll get them out as soon as we can!
Some Parting Advice
Nothing cosmic. It’s actually painfully obvious but bears repeating:
Audition every time you have a chance. Get good at this quirky little dance. Exercise the audition muscle enough so that you can do your absolutely best work in front of us. When you see hundreds of people come through the door over a period of a few weeks, you notice a marked difference between those singers who are ill at ease with auditioning and those who have made their peace with it.
It comes easily to a very small subset of people. The rest of us mere mortals have to practice.