Western Opera Audition Format

Time of Auditions:

Auditions for all productions/events during the 2017/2018 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 5 at 10:00 a.m.

The 2017-2018 auditions for UWOpera will be held on:

  • Monday, September 11, 6:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. (MB 227) Auditions are open to all.
  • Tuesday, September 12, 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 15 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 2017-18:

Carmen

November 16, 17, 18 (8:00 p.m.), 19 (2:00 p.m.)
Paul Davenport Theatre, Talbot College

Music Director – Simone Luti
Stage Director – Allison Grant

Open to all Western Students

The Pirates of Penzance – Gilbert and Sullivan

January 26, 27 (8:00 p.m.), 28 (2:00 p.m.), February 2, 3 (8:00 p.m.), 4 (2:00 p.m.)
Paul Davenport Theatre, Talbot College

Music Director – Tyrone Paterson
Stage Director – Theodore Baerg

Open to all Western Students

Opera Scenes Gala

March 16, 17 (8:00 p.m.)
Paul Davenport Theatre, Talbot College

Music Director – Simone Luti
Stage Director – TBA

Open to all Western Music Students