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Opera Neo Summer Opera Festival 2022

  

Please note: while we unfortunately made the decision several months ago to cancel our planned Boston auditions, it has come to our attention that the Boston deadline is still incorrectly posted on YAPTracker. To give Boston singers an opportunity to apply, we are extending the deadline to submit an application for a VIRTUAL audition to FRIDAY, OCTOBER 22.

Auditions for Singers

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

We are announcing LIVE and VIRTUAL auditions for our Summer Opera Festival 2022!

Program Dates: July 5 - August 15, 2022

Opera Neo has transitioned away from the "Pay to Sing" component of the program, but two tiers remain as follows:

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

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

All artists will receive free housing in San Diego.

Age Limit: 35

Live Audition Information

APPLICATION DEADLINES:

San Diego: Friday, October 1, 2021

Chicago: Friday, October 8, 2021

New York: Friday, October 15, 2021

Washington, DC: Friday, October 15, 2021

MATERIALS REQUIRED

  • Completed online application form

  • Current Resume

  • Current Headshot

  • Names and email addresses of 2 references

  • Two pre-screening recordings 

  • No Application Fee is required. An Audition Fee ($15 for virtual auditions, $35 for live auditions) will be required for all candidates who advance to Round Two.

AUDITION LOCATIONS AND DATES:

San Diego: Saturday, October 9, 2021

Chicago, IL: Saturday, October 16, 2021

New York, NY: Friday, November 5 - Saturday, November 6, 2021

Washington, DC: Sunday, November 7, 2021

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS AND DETAILS:

Live auditions will only be granted to applicants who are fully vaccinated, and present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result, taken within 72 hours of the the audition time.

Please prepare FOUR ARIAS to offer at your live audition:

  • At least one aria should be selected from an Eighteenth Century opera

  • One of the selections should be a Musical Theater piece, a cabaret song, or a light opera or operetta selection in English

  • Please include a solo recitativo example in your selections. If none of your arias includes a recitativo, please prepare a solo recitativo excerpt in addition to your four arias. 

  • Special requirement for COUNTERTENORS: at least one aria demonstrating your ability to sing coloratura

  • Baroque repertoire is always welcome and encouraged, but not required.

  • There are no additional language requirements.

  • Please come casually dressed, no "audition outfits" necessary.

  • A $35 Audition Fee is required for all candidates who are invited a live audition.

  • A pianist will be provided.

 

Bring selections that best showcase your personality and voice. Although not required, we strongly suggest including a piece that would demonstrate your ability to sing coloratura if appropriate for your voice and repertoire. (NOTE: For Countertenors, at least one aria demonstrating your ability to sing up-tempo coloratura passages is required.)

 

Round Three for all applicants, live and virtual, will be an online interview in December, 2021.

Virtual Audition Information

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

 

ROUND ONE:

Round One Deadline: October 22, 2021

Materials required for Round One:

  • Completed Application Form

  • Video Recordings of two contrasting operatic arias 

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

    • Your Round Two 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

  • No Application Fee is required. An Audition Fee of $15 for virtual auditions will be required for all applicants who are invited to and choose to accept a Round Two audition.

If you are selected to advance to Round Two, you will be notified by November 1, 2021. We will select the pieces from your list that we would like you to submit for Round Two, in addition to your starter piece you selected.

There are NO requirements to make new recordings (if you have an existing recording of a selections from the past 12 months you may submit it), and NO requirements to record all selections back-to-back or in one take.

ROUND TWO:

Round Two Deadline: November 15, 2021

Finalists advancing to the Round Three will be notified by November 29, 2021

If you are selected for a Round Two audition, we will notify you which of your selections we would like you to submit in addition to your "starter" aria. We will ask for two or three submissions total.

Please prepare to submit the selected video recordings of the four selections you listed.

 

Your selections to choose from must include the following: 

  • At least one aria should be selected from an Eighteenth Century opera

  • One of the selections should be a Musical Theater piece, a cabaret song, or a light opera or operetta selection in English

  • Please include a solo recitativo example in your selections. If none of your arias includes a recitativo, please prepare a solo recitativo excerpt in addition to your four arias.

  • Special requirement for COUNTERTENORS: at least one aria demonstrating your ability to sing up-tempo coloratura passages.

  • There are no additional language requirements.

  • If you are making a recording specifically for Opera Neo, casual dress is encouraged, otherwise there is no dress code for the recordings.

  • Live piano accompaniment, pre-recorded accompaniment, as well as using apps such as "Appcompanist" are all acceptable.

  • A $15 Audition Fee is required for all candidates who advance to Round Two and choose to accept their audition.

Offer selections that best showcase your personality and voice. Although not required, we strongly suggest including a piece that demonstrates your ability to sing coloratura if appropriate for your voice and repertoire. (NOTE: For Countertenors, at least one aria demonstrating your ability to sing up-tempo coloratura passages is required.)

 

ROUND THREE:

 

Round Three will consist of individual Zoom interviews (no singing).

Interviews will take place between December 1 and December 14, 2021.

2022 Summer Opera Festival Plans

 

PROGRAM DATES:

July 05, 2022 - August 15, 2022

Because of the ongoing public health crisis, plans for our 2022 season remain in flux. We will announce further details as we are able to do so. 

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

 

All interviews for Apprentice Conductors, Pianists/Coaches, Stage Managers, and Stage Directors are virtual.

All artists will receive free housing in San Diego.

Audition Information

The virtual 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 15, 2021

Materials required for Round One:

  • Completed Application Form

  • 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 3 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.

  • No Application Fee is required. An Audition Fee of $15 for virtual auditions will be required for all applicants who are invited to and choose to accept a Round Two audition.

If you are selected to advance to Round Two, we will contact you by November 29, 2020 to schedule a Zoom interview in December 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.