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Apprentice Artists prepare and perform a major role in one of the three fully staged productions with orchestra! They also participate in the Cabaret production as part of the ensemble.
Studio Artists prepare and perform a role in one of the three fully staged productions with orchestra, perform several opera, operetta and musical theater scenes in the fully staged CABARET production, cover main stage roles when appropriate, sing in the chorus of the main stage productions, and perform in concerts. All Studio Artists receive weekly voice lessons, one-on-one musical and dramatic coachings, a one-hour recording opportunity with an accompanist, and a mock audition with our staff with instant feedback on performance, audition presentation, promotional materials and portfolio.
In addition, all singers receive:
• Master classes in vocal performance, classes in stage craft and audition techniques;
• Movement classes (Yoga, Tai-chi, Stage movement, Stage Combat);
• Seminars on role preparation, character analysis and the opera business;
• Guidance in period performance practice, ornamentation and style
• Diction coaching
• Individual feedback and career advice
1. THREE MAINSTAGE OPERA PRODUCTIONS
OPERAS UNDER CONSIDERATION FOR OPERA NEO 2020 SEASON:
Die Zauberflöte (Mozart), Faust (Gounod), Platée (Rameau), Les Paladins (Rameau), Orlando furioso (Vivaldi), Les Contes d'Hoffmann (Offenbach)
2. CABARET Performances
(Fully staged opera, operetta and musical theater scenes and cabaret songs in a relaxed cabaret setting.)
3. OTHER CONCERTS AND COMMUNITY EVENTS
Play for staging rehearsals and master classes. Provide musical direction and play for assigned scenes in the “Cabaret” production and community events. Assist the music director and act as a liaison between the company and the music staff. Successful applicant will be provided a full tuition waiver, a small stipend and free housing.
Apprentice Stage Director:
Act as assistant director for the Opera NEO main stage productions. Serve as a stage director for assigned scenes in the “Cabaret” production and assist in organizing community events. Act as a liaison between the company, the stage director and stage management staff for production issues (props, set, schedule). Successful applicant will be provided a full tuition waiver, a small stipend and free housing.
Conduct selected staging rehearsals, sectional orchestra rehearsals, community events and outreach performances. Assist the conductors in the mainstage productions, assist the music director with score preparation and orchestra administration, act as a liaison between the company and the music staff. Successful applicant will be provided a full tuition waiver, a small stipend and free housing.