Western Opera Audition Format

Time of Auditions:

Auditions for all productions/events during the 2018/2019 academic year will take place Monday and Tuesday evenings during the first full week of classes in September. A sign-up sheet will be posted on the Performance Department bulletin board, located on the second floor of Talbot College, across from the Music Library, on Tuesday, September 4 at 10:00 a.m.

The 2018-2019 auditions for UWOpera will be held on:

  • Monday, September 10, 6:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. (MB 227) Auditions are open to all.
  • Tuesday, September 11, 6:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. (MB 227) Auditions are open to all.

Have one aria or song prepared. Please bring your own accompanist to the audition and arrive at least 20 minutes early.

Audition Panel:

Voting Members:

  • Western Opera Coordinator (Chair of Audition Panel) Professor Baerg
  • Conductor/Music Director of each production
  • Director of the Production being cast (if available)
  • Head Coach of Western Opera
  • 3 members of the Voice Division to be chosen by the division
  • One additional non-voice member at the discretion of the panel i.e. a choreographer, collaborative piano professor

*The Performance Studies Chair and all members of the voice division are invited to hear auditions in a non-voting status.

Casting Guidelines:

  • The casting meeting will take place within two days following the completion of the auditions and casting will be posted within two days following the meeting.
  • All Principal roles will be cast by simple majority vote of the panel.
  • Once casting is made, cast combinations will be at the discretion of the director and music director with input from the head coach.
  • Any member of the audition panel that has a student involved in the audition process cannot vote for her/his student but may abstain from that vote.
  • Each member of the audition panel must be present for all the auditions or their vote will not be recorded.

Repertoire for 2018-19:

The Turn of the Screw – Benjamin Britten
November 15, 16 (8:00 p.m.), 17, 18 (2:00 p.m.)
Paul Davenport Theatre, Talbot College

Music Director – Simone Luti
Stage Director – Michael Cavanagh

Open to all Western Students

Le Nozze di Figaro – W.A. Mozart
January 25 (8:00 p.m.), 26, 27* (2:00 p.m.) *private performance
February 1 (8:00 p.m.), 2, 3 (2:00 p.m.)
Paul Davenport Theatre, Talbot College

Music Director – Tyrone Paterson
Stage Director – Theodore Baerg

Open to all Western Students

Opera/Musical Theatre Gala
March 9 (8:00 p.m.), 10 (2:00 p.m.)
Paul Davenport Theatre, Talbot College

Music Director – Simone Luti
Stage Direction – TBA

Open to all Western Students