If you want to know what the popular YAP audition rep is this fall, this is the place to be. This weekend, it’s the mezzos’ turn. The list was compiled at 34,000 feet, thanks to the miracle that is Gogo Inflight Internet. Here’s the jumping off point for all the lists: https://opera.wolftrap.org/aria-frequency-lists/. Countertenor, tenor, baritone, and bass-baritone/bass summaries to follow shortly.
My completely unscientific conclusions?
I am mystified as to why 30% of you chose to offer the Composer’s aria. It’s a rare 20-something mezzo for whom that aria does any favors. (And we don’t require German, so that’s not a valid reason… Hmmm…..)
Smanie beats out all other Mozart arias by a comfortable margin. Stephano leads the French trouser role parade, and Isabella trumps Rosina in the Rossini race. “Svegliatevi” is the most popular Handel choice.
Finally, heaven help us, more than 1 in 4 mezzos brought “Must the winter come so soon?” I understand the usefulness of this piece from both the singer’s and the auditor’s perspectives, but the American opera industry and the singer/teacher audition machine have to do a better job of getting some other arias out there in circulation.