Auditions

Opera Odyssey is pleased to announce international public auditions for the engagement of professional operatic singers for the purpose of audio/video recordings of operatic arias and/or gala concerts.  The following positions are required:

COUNTERTENOR (1 position)
SOPRANO (3 positions)
MEZZOSOPRANO (2 positions)
TENOR (2 positions)
BARITONE (2 positions)
BASS (1 position)

Auditions will be held in Berlin, Germany towards the end of November 2019, on dates that will be confirmed shortly.

Recordings will take place in Leipzig, Germany, in September/October 2020, with the Leipzig Sinfonia. The dates will be confirmed shortly.

Concert performances will take place in Leipzig, the UK, Moscow, Beijing, Nur-Sultan (formerly Astana, Kazakhstan), and Tbilisi (Georgia) in 2020-2021. Please note that not all candidates chosen for the recordings will be offered a contract for the concerts. Details of these concerts will be provided on this website as they are confirmed, and will be communicated to the selected singers accordingly.

Application

ARTICLE 1: ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Admission to the auditions is open to applicants who are 18 years of age or older as of Friday 18th October 2019.

ARTICLE 2: TWO-PART SELECTION PROCESS
Invitation to participate in the live auditions will be based on a review of each applicant’s curriculum and video/audio recording submission or a link to such.

The live audition will be with piano accompaniment for which a pianist will be provided. Applicants may use their own pianist at their own expense. The live auditions will take place in Berlin in November 2019.  Details will be available here shortly. Applicants invited to the live auditions will be notified directly.

ARTICLE 3 – APPLICATION PROCEDURE
Audition applications must be submitted to Opera Odyssey no later than 18.00 hours (London time) on Friday 18th October 2019. Only applications emailed to auditions@operaodyssey.com will be accepted, and must include both a curriculum and video/audio recording (with piano or orchestra) OR a link to such online, neither of which should be older than one year. The video need not be of professional quality.

Applicants shall attach a detailed curriculum, describing the studies completed, any professional and artistic diplomas and credentials earned, previously held positions, and any other artistic activity performed. Applications without curriculum shall not be accepted.

Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

Participation in the selection implies the applicant’s unconditional acceptance of the audition panel’s judgment; the decision of which is final.

ARTICLE 4 – LIVE AUDITION PROGRAMME

Applicants invited to the live audition shall be asked to sing all or parts of the following repertoire:

COUNTERTENOR
Caldara, La clemenza di Tito: Opprimete i contumaci
Haendel, Ariodante: Dover, giustizia, amor
Haendel, Rinaldo: Lascia ch’io pianga
Gluck, Orfeo ed Euridice: Che faro’ senza Euridice

SOPRANO (LIGHT)
Lully, Athis: Revenez, Amours
Rameau, Platée: Aux langueurs d’Apollon Daphne
Scarlatti, Tigrane: Sussurrando il venticello

SOPRANO (LIRICO SPINTO)
Dvorak, Rusalka: Song to the Moon
Mozart, Don Giovanni: Mi tradi’ quell’alma ingrata

SOPRANO (DRAMATIC COLORATURA)
Bellini, Norma: Casta diva
Cherubini, Médée: E che? Io sono Medea!

MEZZO (LYRIC)
Gluck, Orfeo ed Euridice: Che faro’ senza Euridice
Monteverdi, L’incoronazione di Poppea: Disprezzata regina
Purcell, Dido and Aeneas: Dido’s lament
Strauss, Ariadne auf Naxos: Sein wir wieder gut
Mozart, Don Giovanni: Mi tradi’ quell’alma ingrata (optional)
Leoncavallo, La Bohème: Marcello mio (optional)

MEZZO (DRAMATIC)
Cilea, Adriana Lecouvreur: Acerba volutta’
Saint-Saëns, Samson et Dalila: Mon coeur s’ouvre à ta voix
Leoncavallo, La Bohème: Marcello mio
Strauss, Ariadne auf Naxos: Sein wir wieder gut (optional)

TENOR (LYRIC)
Tchaikovsky, Eugene Onegin: Kuda kuda
Donizetti, L’elisir d’amore: Una furtiva lagrima
Flotow, Martha: M’appari tutt’amor
Halevy, La Juive: Rachel quand du Seigneur (optional)
Verdi, Rigoletto: Bella figlia dell’amore

TENOR (DRAMATIC)
Britten, Peter Grimes: Now the great bear
Halevy, La Juive: Rachel quand du Seigneur
Puccini, Tosca: E lucevan le stelle
Weber, Der Freischütz: Durch die Wälder, durch die Auen

BARITONE (LYRIC)
Pergolesi, La serva padrona: Sempre in contrasti
Rossini, Il Barbiere di Siviglia: Largo al factotum

BARITONE (DRAMATIC)
Bizet, Carmen: Votre toast
Giordano, Andrea Chenier: Nemico della patria
Verdi, Otello: Credo in un Dio crudel
Wagner, Der Fliegende Holländer: Die Frist ist um

BASS
Die Entführung aus dem Serail: Oh, wie will ich triumphieren
Salieri, Falstaff: Nell’impero di Cupido
Ponchielli, La gioconda: Si’ morir ella d’e’

ARTICLE 5 – REMUNERATION
Applicants selected following audition will be given one contract for the recording sessions and a separate contract for the concert performances, should they be selected for them. Compensation will be discussed with each artist separately.

ARTICLE 6 – FINAL PROVISIONS
Applicants are not entitled to compensation or reimbursement for travel or accommodation expenses for the entire duration of the audition.

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