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Opera Neo 2021 Summer Opera Festival

  

Auditions for Singers

(For audition information for Apprentice Conductors, Pianists/Coaches, Stage Managers, and Stage Directors please scroll down!)

We are announcing auditions for our 2021 Summer Opera Festival!

 

At this point, all planned auditions for our 2021 Summer Opera Festival are virtual.

If it becomes safe to do so, Opera Neo may schedule live final round auditions in 2021.

Starting this season, Opera Neo will transition away from the Pay to Sing component of our program, but two tiers remain as follows:

  • Apprentice Artists (typically young artists with some professional experience) will sing leading roles, as well as in the ensemble, and receive a fee. 

  • Studio Artists (typically college or graduate students with exceptional potential) will sing supporting roles, as well as in the ensemble, and receive a small stipend.

If our 2021 Summer Opera Festival can take place in person, all artists will receive free housing in San Diego.

Audition Information

The virtual audition process for singers will be conducted in three rounds.

 

ROUND ONE:

Round One Deadline: November 16, 2020

Materials required for Round One:

  • Completed Application Form

  • Video Recordings of two contrasting operatic arias 

  • A list of arias (at least 4) that you are prepared to present, if selected for the second round, with your starter aria (the aria from your list that you choose to present in the second round) indicated

    • Your Second Round audition selections should include:

      • At least one aria from an Eighteenth Century opera

      • A recitative (either as part of one of your arias, or as a separate selection)

      • A musical theater piece, cabaret song, or light opera/operetta selection in English

  • $15 application fee**

*Because of the reduced costs associated with virtual auditions, we are lowering our 2021 application fee from $39 to $15. 

If you are selected to advance to Round Two, you will be notified by November 30, 2020. We will select the pieces from your list that we would like you to record for Round Two, in addition to your starter piece you selected.

ROUND TWO:

Round Two Deadline: December 21, 2020

Finalists advancing to the Round Three will be notified by January 11, 2021.

 

ROUND THREE:

 

Currently, we plan for Round Three to be individual Zoom interviews (no singing). These will take place between January 18 and February 20, 2021.

If the public health situation improves to the point where we are able to hold live auditions safely, Round Three will be live, with dates and locations TBD. Our first priority is the health and safety of our applicants and staff.

2021 Summer Opera Festival Plans

Because of the ongoing public health crisis, plans for our Tenth Anniversary season remain in flux. We will announce details as we are able to do so. 

Artists who were cast in our canceled 2020 production of Platée (whether we are able to program it in 2021 or in a future season) were given right of first refusal.

Whether our 2021 season is live, virtual, or a hybrid of the two, there are open roles for every voice type in all of the operas (including Platée) we are considering in any of those circumstances. We will share details of our season repertoire as soon as we are able – in the meantime, please feel free to reach out to us with questions.

Auditions for Apprentice Conductors, Pianists/Coaches, Stage Managers, and Stage Directors

 

At this point, all planned auditions for our 2021 Summer Opera Festival are virtual.

Starting this season, Opera Neo will transition away from the Pay to Sing component of our program.

If our 2021 Summer Opera Festival can take place in person, all artists will receive free housing in San Diego.

Audition Information

The virtual audition/interview process for Apprentice Conductors, Pianists/Coaches, Stage Managers, and Stage Directors will take place in two rounds.

There are open spots for:

  • 2 apprentice stage director/assistant director candidates

  • 1 apprentice conductor/assistant conductor candidate

  • 1 apprentice pianist/coach candidate

  • 2 apprentice stage manager candidates

ROUND ONE:

Round One Deadline: November 16, 2020

Materials required for Round One:

  • Completed Application Form

  • $15 application fee*

  • For Apprentice Conductors, video recordings of:

    1. You conducting an instrumental ensemble/orchestra (12 people or more) in a concert or rehearsal from the past 2 years (Up to 15 min.)

    2. You conducting a vocal soloist or small ensemble of up to six singers with a piano or instrumental ensemble/orchestra rehearsing or performing an aria or operatic ensemble from the past two years. (Up to 15 min.)

  • For Apprentice Pianists/Coaches, a video recording of you performing as either as an accompanist or a soloist in a concert or rehearsal. (Up to 15 min.)

  • For Apprentice Stage Directors, a video recording (excerpt) of your original staging from the past three years (Performance or rehearsal video is ok. Up to 15 min.)

  • For Apprentice Stage Managers no video recordings are required.

*Because of the reduced costs associated with virtual auditions, we are lowering our 2021 application fee from $39 to $15. 

If you are selected to advance to Round Two, we will contact you by November 30, 2020 to schedule a Zoom interview between December 15 and January 30, 2021.

 

ROUND TWO:

 

If you advance to Round Two we’ll give you instructions via email at that time on how to prepare for your interview. 

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