Western Opera Audition Format

Time of Auditions

Auditions for all productions/events during the 2020-21 academic year will will be virtual. Please prepare one aria or song and record it and send it to tbaerg@uwo.ca.

Please send the recording between September 8 and 14. This recording can be without accompanist if one is not available. It can be sent as an attachment or downloaded on YouTube, sharing the link. The recording will be reviewed by the Audition Panel as outlined below. We will be casting the remaining roles in Gianni Schicchi and Suor Angelica. In addition we will be casting all of the roles in the Gala. The Early Music Ensemble will once again be the orchestra for the Gala.

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
  • All members of the voice division are welcome to hear the auditions in an observer 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.
  • 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 2020-21

Cosi fan Tutte – W. A. Mozart
Performances in late November
Chamber Orchestra
Paul Davenport Theatre, Talbot College

Gianni Schicchi/Suor Angelica – G. Puccini
Performances in early February
Chamber Orchestra
Paul Davenport Theatre, Talbot College

Opera/Musical Theatre Gala
Performances in mid March
Paul Davenport Theatre, Talbot College

Open to all Western Students