Posts Tagged: auditions

Expert Friday: Enjoy Yourself!

A few choice words of audition advice from Darren Keith Woods, General Director, Fort Worth Opera & Artistic Director, Seagle Music Colony. (And, it just so happens, an alumnus of the WTOC!) The main piece of advice I would give to a young singer is to sing what they sing best and do not play

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What (Not) To Wear

Today’s opera blog episode, in which KPW and Rahree channel Clinton Kelly and Stacy London. (Yeah, I had to ask who they were, too.) Before we get to the fashion advice… DEADLINE WARNING! Tomorrow (Friday October 2) at midnight is the application deadline for an audition in LA, Chicago, Cincinnati or Houston. Please don’t overwhelm

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The Notebook

Let’s talk about the printed music that comes in the audition room with you. Just a few guidelines – no rocket science here, but you’d be surprised how many folks create stumbling blocks for themselves by ignoring this basic advice. Music That Stays OpenIf you bring actual scores (anthologies or piano/vocal scores), please be sure

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Expert Friday: East & West Coast

Part of a weekly series, in which my colleagues responsed to an email request for anything (or 2 or 3 things…) in the way of advice they would like to give to auditionees. First, Don Marrazzo, Director of Casting & Artistic Operations at Glimmerglass Opera. I have always felt that audition “do’s and don’ts” can

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Something Old, Something New

I often refer to the “standard” audition repertoire as having a useful analogy in gymnastics compulsories. There’s a checklist of things that the panel needs to know that you can nail, and the most efficient way to do that is to attack the warhorses. Yes, I know everyone sings them. And because of that, you

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Just How Versatile Can You Be?

Getting down to some brass tacks this week. The outline: Monday – Depth vs. breadth Tuesday – Standards vs. fresh fare Wednesday – Cuts and alternate versions Thursday – Stretching Expert Friday – Don Marrazzo, Glimmerglass Opera; & Joshua Winograde, LA Opera So… Jack of all Trades? Master of One? Depending on when you ask

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Expert Friday: Audition as Strip Tease

Today, a few words from Sheri Greenawald, Director of the San Francisco Opera Center, in response to my email asking for anything (or 2 or 3 things…) in the way of advice SFOC would like to give to the folks who will sing for them this fall. (Merola’s audition application info is here. They’re heading

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Are You Ready?

A blog question and answer from last season: Q: I had a teacher recently tell me not to apply to studio programs at larger companies (such as Wolf Trap) because, in her belief, if a young singer is heard by a large company before they are ready to be considered a full-fledged professional, then the

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Audition Season: Forms & Fees

I’m supposed to talk about paperwork (audition applications) today, and I will. But before we shut down our right brains, I want to call your attention to this blog post by Seth Godin. One of the great things about Seth’s posts is that they are rarely long, typically under 500 words. So visit the link.

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