Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Aradia Ensemble does Dublin

I had the pleasure of working with conductor Kevin Mallon this summer on a production of Don Giovanni.  A fantastic musician and a very funny Irish man, Kevin FB'd me this week and reminded me that his "band", the Aradia Ensemble would be doing the Dublin Messiah this year...back by popular demand!

You can read a bit more about what the Dublin Messiah is all about at Kevin's blog but here is the original advert in the day of Handel:
“The Ladies who honour this Performance with their Presence would be pleased to come without hoops, as it will greatly encrease the Charity by making room for more company. The Gentlemen are desired to come without their Swords.”   (The Dublin Journal 10 April 1742).

Check out the Aradia Ensemble and their special Dublin Messiah on Saturday, December 17 at 8pm at the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto.  Tickets are  $35, $20 seniors, $15 students.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Calgary Phil Chorus: Gravy action on my cheese

My sister-in-law sent me this most hilarious version of Orff's "O Fortuna" a la Calgary style.  Apparently, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra Chorus sent out a tweet alert to get people to tweet how they stay should sing about staying warm this winter.....their crazy Canuck idea also made it to CNN where CNN was kind enough to explain what "gravy action on my cheese" really means!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Acid Reflex: Some new ideas

Dr. Jamie Koufman, Director of the Voice Institute of New York, spoke with Trish Causey a few weeks ago about Acid Reflex and some new ideas for treatment and how to manage it successfully.  She has also written a book that is a collection of recipes and cures for reflux. Click on the book for a preview and/or listen to the interview below.

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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Faust Canadians @ the MET

This week at the MET sees FOUR Canadians on stage. First is Stratford Artistic Director Des McAnuff (he of the super Jesus Christ Superstar headed to Broadway) who created this co-production of Gounod's Faust.  The second is conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the third is mezzo Michèle Losier who has been burning up the stages of the world.  The NY Times writes:

The mezzo-soprano Michèle Losier brought a rich voice and impishness to the pants role of Siébel, Faust’s student, who loves Marguerite.

And of course, the MET stage wouldn't be complete without our own Russell Braun...that being said, it would seem that one of Quebec's greatest exports aside from hydroelectricity are their opera singers....  Read the full review here and check out pictures here.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

T.O.S.C.A. at UofT Opera School

Caught you!  You thought the UofT Opera School was performing Puccini's Tosca this fact, they are doing a night of Poulenc: La Voix Humaine & Les Mamelles de Tirésias.  

Check out the details below:

From the melodic pen of Francis Poulenc come two one-act works of stunning theatrical contrast. La Voix Humaine [The Human Voice] portrays the heart wrenching grief of a woman’s final farewell to her lover while Les Mamelles de Tirésias [The Breasts of Tirésias] brilliantly satirizes feminism, fertility drugs and “family values”.
Sandra Horst conductor
Michael Patrick Albano & Erik Thor directors

Thursday, Friday, Saturday | December 1, 2 & 3, 2011 | 7:30 pm
Sunday | December 4, 2011 | 2:30 pm
MacMillan Theatre | $30 ($20*) | FlexiMIX: $24

The TOSCA I mentioned are the ARIA awards that will be presented on Monday, December 5, 2011.

ARIAS: Canadian Opera Student Development Fund
invites you to join us at our annual fundraising event,

The Opera Scholarship Celebration Awards  -  T.O.S.C.A. 2011

Monday, December 5, 2011
Walter Hall at the Edward Johnson Building
Faculty of Music, University of Toronto
80 Queens Park Crescent

Gala Cocktail reception at 6:00 p.m. - Library Atrium, Ground Floor
Concert at 7:30 p.m. - Walter Hall

Join us as ARIAS recognizes and celebrates the excellence of the vocalists of
the Opera Division of the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto.
This festive evening will begin with a fundraising cocktail reception, followed by
a concert of vocal performances from scholarship recipients past and present.
T.O.S.C.A. 2011 will conclude with the presentation of this year's
ARIAS Scholarships to the 2011 Opera Division recipients.

Gala Cocktail Reception and Concert: $125.00
For tickets, please contact ARIAS at 416.863.0364

Concert Only:  Adults - $35.00, Students - $15.00


Not your usual auditions call:

CASTING CALL FOR JERICHO-BAGDAD - deadline is this Friday!

PROJECT: shooting dramatic scenes for two feature-length ‘documentary-operas’, Jericho and Baghdad, (working titles) that explore diverse operatic idioms (from Schoenberg and Britten to the Eurovision Song Contest), to investigate issues of anti-war activism, queer identity and middle-east conflicts. Real-life characters from history and the present-day (Jean Genet, Salam Pax, Abu Nawas, James Loney)
interact with fictional characters. The films use humour and new music to investigate the complexities of recent struggles.

TEAM: Writer/Director John Greyson is a Toronto filmmaker/video artist whose Genie-winning features include Lilies, Zero Patience, The Law of Enclosures and Fig Trees. Composer David Wall has created Gemini-nominated scores for over 100 features, documentaries and TV shows. Editor Jared Raab is an award-winning director and editor whose work includes features, docs and music videos. Production
Manager Graydon Sheppard is the writer/director of several acclaimed shorts.

SHOOT: early March, 2012 in Toronto.

RATES: Non-union (equivalent to Actra TIP rates).

AUDITIONS: December 6 & 7, 2011, for both singing and acting. All roles except Hamza are singing roles, and require classically trained voices (with strong sight reading a plus). For audition, bring sheet music of prepared audition song (note: though character’s nationality is designated, singers/actors can be of any race and voice)

DEADLINE: Friday, December 2, 2011

CONTACT: send headshots and acting/singing resumes to:

JEAN GENET: 60, male, French writer, weathered, his experience of fleeting fame and notoriety behind him. Now a bit of a lost soul,
hiding his profound, yearning romanticism behind a wry melancholy.
GENERAL: 60, male, American military leader, in charge of various reconstruction projects in Baghdad. Charismatic, gently masculine, a
natural, confident leader, a dad to his soldiers
DANA: 35, female, ‘European’ executive, ruthless CEO of Sanguine Books, a multinational publishing house that is hosting the 2012
Eurovision Song Contest in Jericho. Charming and flamboyant, with razor-sharp tongue and heels to match.
WALID: 25, male, Iraqi translator (should be fluent in Arabic and English, with Arabic being first language) and inventor of peculiar clocks
and time devices. Handsome, ironic, reserved.
JAMES LONEY: 35, male, Canadian peace activist and member of Christian Peacemakers Team, held hostage in Iraq for 3 months.
SALAM PAX: 35, male, Iraqi architect, gained fame as the Baghdad Blogger during the 2003 war. Wry, ironic, both a pessimist and a
romantic, campy sense of humour.
ABU NAWAS: 40, male, Iraqi poet, renowned 8th century Arab/Persian poet and folkloric figure, famous for his saucy tributes to boys,
wine and pleasure.
HAMZA: 22, male, Palestinian tightrope walker (non-singing role). A worldly optimist, he is amused by Genet’s pessimism, and entranced
by the ironies of his own predicament, having survived burial in the desert for 8800 years.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Excitement in Canadian Opera Land...

One of the most exciting events in the lives of young Canadian opera singers occurred last night as the COC kicked off its first public competition (a la MET Finals).  Ten young artists were chosen to compete for a coveted spot in the COC Ensemble for 2012-12 as well as cash prizes.  After much searching (google was NO HELP), the @CanadianOperaCompany twitter account had the details:

First place: soprano Sasha Djihanian
Second Place: soprano Claire de Sevigne
Third Place: tenor Owen McCausland
Audience Choice: soprano Lindsay Barrett

Congratulations to all singers for what Twitter and Facebook users are hailing as "fantastic", "blown away", and "enormously talented"!

Check out the COC Blog Parlando for more details and their Flickr account for pictures!

(thanks to Rosanna Murphy's FB page for the pic!)

Thursday, November 24, 2011

I want my MTV...or iPad?

Classical music is  in tradition and as new media and TV and movies have taken over our entertainment sphere, classical groups have spent the many years now trying to find new ways to engage and ever aging audience...think school tours, live stream, HD broadcasts...the list goes on!

The NYTimes published a review this morning called "Classical Conducting?  There's an app for that!"  A headline to grab our attention for sure!  But what they reported was:

Jeffrey Kahane offered glimpses of both the past and a possible future in his performance with theNew York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall on Tuesday evening.....He played the Beethoven from memory, but for the Mozart, he used an iPad instead of a conventional score.

And on Monday, The Globe and Mail reported "Classical Music without the tuxes and pricey tickets?  Its a revolution!"

...there’s live music at Dave’s, a local bar, and the place is packed.  There’s nothing strange about this picture – until you step in the door and hear what kind of music has drawn a crowd on an off night. In the centre of the room, a young clarinetist and an ad hoc string quartet are working their way through Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet.....Welcome to the revolution – the Classical Revolution, that is. Across North America, classical players are returning chamber music to its origins: informal performances among friends in intimate settings.
It would seem that the more we try to change, the more we stay the same.  

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Atelier S: Auditions for Werther

Last week I blogged about Opera Lyra in Ottawa shutting down productions for the remainder of this season and while it was unfortunate, so many other programs have popped up during this time of cutbacks. One such program that has been slowly building momentum is Atelier S.  

Check out their upcoming program to present Massenet's Werther straight from their website:

Opera Workshop 2012: Massenet's WERTHER

MARCH 12 - MAY 13, 2012

Toronto, Canada


           STUART GRAHAM
         CLAUDE WEBSTER (Head Coach Atelier Lyrique de L'Opéra de Montréal)
Commemorating the centennial of the passing of Jules Massenet, Atelier S is pleased to announce WERTHER as its next opera workshop production.  Massenet's rich and colourful score is some of the richest romantic music of the French vocal repertoire offering an incredible lyric vehicle for all the singers involved.
I am very pleased to announce, joining me on faculty, the involvement of internationally renowned operalogue and Stage Director, JEANNETTE ASTER and, internationally sought resource on the French repertoire and Head Coach of Atelier Lyrique de L'Opéra de Montréal, pianist CLAUDE WEBSTER.  These two wonderful artists will be offering masterclasses and seminars to the participants.
Dec. 1-16, 2011
Live auditions will be heard in Toronto, Canada
For out of town and international applicants wishing to audition via demo recording (CD or DVD), all materials must be received by Dec. 15, 2011.
 To apply, please send (either by email or regular post): resumé, bio, photo (publicity headshot) along with two letters of reference/recommendation from noted professionals in the field (teachers, coaches, conductors, directors) to:
Atelier S 
40 Alexander St., Suite 1510, Toronto, ON M4Y 1B5
OR  email to:
 Audition Requirements:
  • 3 contrasting arias (at least one from Massenet's Werther)
  • dramatic monologue (spoken) from the libretto
  • PIANISTS auditioning for the program will be asked to accompany a singer's audition, as well as play "La Nuit de Noël" from Act IV (Heugel Edition)
Please contact us at:
416.927.9105 or email us for full program details.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Youtube Voice Competition sponsored by Hal Leonard

Hal Leonard recently announced the 2012 Vocal Competition for Art Song and Musical Theatre.  Comprised entirely of online video submissions, this competition will net the winners cash awards with second and third place winners receiving gift certificates for MUSIC!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

More good news for Canadian Opera

This came out last week but in light of the BAD news this week about Opera Lyra in Ottawa, this might show us a light at the end of the tunnel...I have heard a number of these singers at the UofT Faculty of Music and can guarantee this will be a night of fabulous talent and potential!

Toronto – Following auditions in Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal and New York City attended by Canadian Opera Company administrators, 10 out of a pool of over 160 young, aspiring opera singers have been selected to compete in the final auditions at the inaugural COC Ensemble Studio Competition.  For the first time in the history of the COC, the final auditions for singers seeking to join the Ensemble Studio training program will be made public as a vocal competition.  In addition to an offer of a coveted position in the 2012/2013 Ensemble Studio, the singers will be competing for one of four cash prizes.  A limited number of tickets priced at $30 are now on sale for the COC Ensemble Studio Competition, which takes place on Nov. 28, 2011 at 5:30 p.m. in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.

Ten finalists will perform in front of an audience and a panel of judges, comprised of COC General Director Alexander Neef, Music Administrator Sandra Gavinchuk, Head of the Ensemble Studio Liz Upchurch,
Opera Canada editor Wayne Gooding, and Canadian soprano, opera coach, and Ensemble Studio alumna Wendy Nielsen.  Over the course of the two-hour competition, each finalist will perform two arias showcasing their vocal technique and range.  The judging panel will deliberate on location and announce the competition winners at the conclusion of the evening’s event.

Select finalists will be invited to join the 12/13 Ensemble Studio, with the number of offers to be determined by the judging panel.  First, second and third prizes, worth $5,000, $3,000, and $1,500, respectively, will be awarded, in addition to a People’s Choice Award, selected by audience vote, worth $1,500.

The Ensemble Studio Competition highlights the finest young talent from across the country.  Winning a place in what is Canada’s premier training program for opera professionals can be these singers’ first step towards an international opera career. The audience at the vocal competition will be hearing the singers selected to follow in the footsteps of such renowned Ensemble Studio graduates as Ben Heppner, Isabel Bayrakdarian, Joseph Kaiser, and John Fanning, among many others.

The finalists are:
·         Lindsay Barrett (Sudbury, ON)
·         Claire de Sevigne (Montreal, QC)
·         Sasha Djihanian (Montreal, QC)
·         Rachel Fenlon (Victoria, BC)
·         Aviva Fortunata Wilks (Calgary, AB)
·         David Gibbons (Red Deer, AB)
·         Danielle MacMillan (Toronto, ON)
·         Owen McCausland (Saint John, NB)
·         Laura McLean (New Glasgow, NS)
·         Cameron McPhail (Brandon, MB)

“The quantity and quality of young opera talent in Canada is staggering, and the finalists in this year’s competition are truly some of the best emerging artists from across the country,” says COC General Director Alexander Neef, “The members of the Ensemble Studio are the opera stars of tomorrow and, through the COC Ensemble Studio Competition, the public is given the exciting opportunity to be a part of these singers’ professional journeys from the very beginning.” 

Tickets are $30 and are available for purchase online at, by calling COC Ticket Services at 416-363-8231, or in person at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts Box Office, located at 145 Queen St. W., Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Good and bad news in the land of Canadian Opera

I just read today about the situation at Ottawa's Opera Lyra.  Apparently they are so financially squeezed that they have had to cancel the remainder of their 2011-12 season - two full productions (of only four for the season) and thus laying off singers, stage managers, chorus, an orchestra, costumers, make up artists, and the list goes on.  In this world of constant cuts because of a depressed economy, is it any wonder that it would seem like a bleak outlook for young singers.

That all being said, on the opposite side of the coin (or the swing of the pendulum) are a whole new crop of young opera companies run by singers trying to provide opportunity to themselves and others.  I guess the old saying of "those that get the most help, help themselves" is true in this case.

So check out these upstarts for yourself...

Metro Youth Opera (Toronto)

Essential Opera (Toronto)

Wish Opera (Toronto)

Opera Kitchener (Kitchener)

The plethora of small companies in BC (and big, thriving ones too!)

Maritime Concert Opera (Nova Scotia)

I know there are MORE but these are just the ones I can think of off the top of my head....feel free to add to my list here but...the moral of the story: for every action, there is an opposite and equal reaction!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Mary's Wedding PREMIERS tonight at POV

Pacific Opera Victoria (POV) will be premiering Mary's Wedding tonight at the McPherson Playhouse in Victoria.  From the current press, this sounds like it could be THE opera of the year - check it out and the various articles here and here and here.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

More than one cautionary tale...

Reading the NYTimes yesterday was like receiving a cautionary tale for singers....a list of health issues that are rocking more than just the classical music world of singers...

Adele has surgery on her vocal cords, Keith Uban has a polyp on his cords and James Levine still can't stand up to conduct.

The moral of the story:  take care of yourselves singers!

Some days we just feel like this...

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

*UPDATE* SONGFEST...auditions coming to Toronto in 2012

“Breaking the Song Barrier”
June 5-28 - Pepperdine University

LIVE AUDITIONS: Cincinnati, Hong Kong, NYC, LA, Boston, Toronto (TBA)
UPDATE (11/8/11): Toronto auditions are January 22 at the Royal Conservatory of Music.  Click here for more information!
Founded in 1996 by Rosemary Hyler Ritter, SongFest is a unique program that focuses on the art of song.  Participants from all over the world, ranging in age from high school students to working professionals, gather each summer at Pepperdine University for an intense program to learn from experts in the field of classical art song.  SongFest boasts the best collection of faculty in the world, including pianists Martin Katz, Margo Garrett, and Roger Vignoles.  SongFest also champions American music and every summer invites composers-in-residence to work directly with SongFest participants in master classes and private coachings.  Over the past 17 years, SongFest has engaged American composers Jake Heggie, John Harbison, John Musto, Libby Larsen, Ben Moore, Tom Cipullo, Lori Laitman, Ricky Ian Gordon, among many others.  SongFest alumni currently sing at all the major opera houses in the United States and abroad and hold faculty positions at leading American universities.


for Singers and Collaborative Pianists 
“Breaking the Song Barrier”
Performing workshops for career-oriented singers and collaborative pianists.  Master classes, public recitals, and limited private coachings. No age limit. 

for Singers
The SongFest Young Artist program is designed to provide intensive study and training for talented young singers (normally completing a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree) in a healthy, professional, and positive environment. Instruction includes performing master classes as well as song literature classes, movement, repertoire classes, diction, and coachings.  These young singers will have the opportunity to join the Professional Fellows for performance in various master classes and public performances in addition to their own classes. 

for Singers
Melanie Emelio, program director
Jennifer Tung, assistant director

The SongFest Intern Program is designed for highly talented young singers between the ages of 15-18. This program provides intensive study for young singers in a healthy, professional, and unique learning environment, learning from leading musicians and colleagues in the program. Singers are challenged to improve their technical and expressive musical skills, and to explore the great classical songs and arias. Students will have private lessons, as well as daily coachings, classes in diction, repertoire, and technique. To add to the learning experience, each singer will have a private session in the Kwong Vocal Arts Lab at Pepperdine University. These aspiring singers will have their own master classes and be selected to perform on select concerts. By interacting with the more experienced singers, they will be exposed to many different faculty and layers of learning. 

A new program designed for professional teachers or coaches. 

For more information about the Mentor Program, please contact Rosemary Hyler Ritter at 310.384.3706

After acceptance notification and payment of the tuition deposit, the repertoire selection process will begin. Each singer and pianist will work closely with Artistic Director Rosemary Ritter to choose repertoire to be prepared for the program. All music must be fully prepared and memorized before arriving at SongFest. In addition to the specific repertoire choices of the singers, faculty will assign selected songs.

Click HERE for a PDF version of the SongFest 2011 Program Book.

Participants will be notified of acceptance by March 5, 2012 or earlier. Accepted applicants must pay a non-refundable $500 tuition deposit within two weeks of acceptance. 

Monday, October 31, 2011

The moral of the story...always be ready!

Canadian tenor Ben Heppner, who just taught a fabulous master class at the University of Toronto Opera School last week, was in the NY Times:

Opera Houses Play a Game of Tenor Round Robin

The San Diego Opera and Metropolitan Opera are playing a fine game of tenor round robin, as in Heppner to Lehman to Morris.
The Met said on Friday that Jay Hunter Morris would replace Gary Lehman in the role of Siegfried for the Jan. 27, Feb. 7 and Feb. 11 performances of the company’s new production of “Gotterdammerung,” the final installment of Wagner’s “Ring.” Mr. Lehman, who is suffering from a lingering virus, was himself a replacement for Ben Heppner, who early this year said he had decided not to sing the role. (Mr. Morris is already on the scene at the Met, filling in for Mr. Lehman in the title role of the Met’s new production of “Siegfried,” part 3 of the “Ring,” which had its premiere on Thursday night.)
Now follow: Mr. Morris had been engaged for a San Diego production in February of “Moby-Dick” by Jake Heggie, which had its premiere at the Dallas Opera last year. He was cast in the role of Ahab. San Diego agreed to release him for the Met performances. So it needed a new Ahab to pursue the leviathan. The substitute? Mr. Heppner, who originated the Ahab role.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Tyler Duncan - get your $10 tickets while they last!

Canadian baritone Tyler Duncan is performing at the Glenn Gould tomorrow night (Thursday, October 27)...if you don't have your tickets, click here and use "vocal" as your discount code to get a $10 ticket!

From his website:

Mr. Duncan’s considerable gifts in the realm of art song have earned him prizes from the Naumburg, Wigmore Hall (London) and ARD (Munich) Competitions.  Frequently accompanied by pianist Erika Switzer, he has given acclaimed recitals in New York, Boston, Paris and Montreal, as well as throughout Canada, Germany, Sweden, France and South Africa.   He was also winner of the 2010 Joy in Singing Auditions in New York, the 2008 New York Oratorio Society Competition, 2007 Prix International Pro Musicis and the Bernard Diamant Prize from the Canada Council for the Arts.   He holds music degrees from the University of British Columbia; Germany’s Hochschule für Musik (Augsburg) and Hochschule für Musik und Theater (Munich).  He is a founding member on the faculty of the Vancouver International Song Institute.
Hope to see you there!

Monday, October 24, 2011

International Resource Centre for Performing Arts - Career Moves Event

The IRCPA is pleased to announce the


Performing arts leaders gather in Toronto for two afternoons of seminars and discussions designed to help people make a career as classical singers, instrumentalists, conductors, composers, and other related professionals.
The International Resource Centre for Performing Artists (IRCPA) presents Career Moves, Saturday and Sunday, November 12 and 13, 2-5 p.m. (location TBA).
Organized by IRCPA founder Ann Summers Dossena, the two-day program is as follows:

Saturday afternoon,  November 12 , 2 - 5pmMaking it Happen: Working as a Performing Artist
A panel discussion featuring presenters, managers, publicists, critics and artists.  Moderated by William Littler, senior critic, The Toronto Star, the panel includes critic Colin Eatock, contributor to the Globe and Mail and other publications; presenters Walter Homburger, Canada's senior manager/presenter; Loie Fallis,Artistic Administrator, Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Marco Parisotto, Conductor, Ontario Philharmonic; and Bruce Owen, Barrie Concert Association; and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Michael Colgrass, artist in a successful career.  They will share their experiences and offer insight and advice into what is expected of performers in the industry today, to help aspiring artists, professionals and semi-professionals know who does what and why, in order to take their careers to the next level.

Sunday afternoon, November 13, 2 - 5 pm
"Meet Edna" of the "Ask Edna" column in Musical America

Legendary artist manager Edna Landau, a co-founder of IMG in New York, headlines a question-and-answer session, fielding questions from participants. Now retired from IMG, Ms. Landau offers career advice for performing artists on herMusical America blog Ask Edna.
The Career Moves sessions are also recommended for presenters, managers, publicists, coaches, teachers, corporate sponsors, foundation representatives, and even parents of gifted children – anyone who wants to understand the requirements and demands of artists’ careers.
The cost to take part in each of the two days is $40 or both for $70.  Advance registration – before November 1 – is $35 per day, or both sessions for $65.  Participants may register by calling 416-362- 1422, faxing (416) 359-0043, emailing, or writing to IRCPA, 43 Bright Street, Toronto ON M5A 3H5.

The International Resource Centre for Performing Artists has designed programs since 1983 to prepare artists for employment.  After their formal training, they need guidance in auditioning for national or international markets.  The IRCPA provides the opportunity for them to learn from employers such as artistic directors and master coaches.  This feedback and direction reduces the risk of the artists’ being rejected in an audition and having to wait two years for another hearing.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

NATS announces NATSSA

The biennial NATS Artist Award (NATSAA) competition is designed to assist singers prepared to launch a professional career and, to that end, substantial monetary and performance prizes are offered. The competition takes place every other year, in conjunction with NATS National Conferences. Preliminary competitions are held regionally, and semifinals/finals take place at the NATS National Conference. Details about the upcoming NATSAA Competition schedule are listed below. For policies, procedures, and eligibility guidelines, please see the current NATSAA application.
"Throughout its history, the purpose of this [NATSAA] competition has been to select, through a series of elimination rounds on the district, regional, and national levels, singers whose artistry indicates that they are ready for a professional career and to encourage them toward that goal with a cash prize and the opportunity for performance engagements." —Edward Baird, President of NATS, 1985-1987

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Jeunesses Musicales auditions in tandem with COSI

Deadline for applications postponed to October 21, 2011.
Così fan tutte by Mozart

Sung in Italian, with sets and costumes.

Remuneration policy based on the importance of the role.
ROLES (6 singers)
  • Fiordiligi, Soprano
  • Dorabella, Mezzo-soprano
  • Guglielmo, Baritone
  • Ferrando, Tenor
  • Despina, Light Soprano 
  • Don Alfonso, Bass or Bass-Baritone
To apply, send us a piano solo recording.
If your application is chosen, you will be called in for an audition (see the audition procedures for pianist below).
Montreal: November 7 & 8, 2011
Toronto: November 18, 2011
London: November 19, 2011
* The JMC reserves the right to modify the audition schedule or to cancel auditions in the event that there are an insufficient number of candidates.

Please note that JMC and the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy (COSI) will be holding joint auditions this year. If you would like to audition for COSI in addition to JMC, please click on this link:
  • Canadian citizen and permanent resident of Canada only
  • Candidates must be at the beginning of their professional career
  • Candidates must be opera artists or piano coach
  • Application papers and all required documents must be sent before the deadline
  • Be aged under 35 years old
  • All required documents must be postmarked no later than the deadline date
  • No documents will be returned
  • Only candidates chosen to audition will be contacted
- An aria from Così fan tutte:
For Despina: In uomini, In soldati OR Una donna a quindici anni
For Dorabella: Ah, Scostati ! / Smanie Implacabili
For Fiordiligi: Temerari/come scoglio
For Ferrando: Un aura amorosa
For Guglielmo: Non siate ritrosi OR Donne mie, la fate a tanti
For Don Alfonso: Vorrei dir, e cor non ho
- An operatic aria of choice sung in Italian
(Please note that special attention will be given to candidates’ acting abilities)
Accompanists: Candidates must provide their own accompanist.
- A piano solo piece of your choice, approximately 5 minutes long
- The finale of Act 2 is to be played while singing the vocal parts at the same time (those parts which the pianist considers important to highlight).
The candidates chosen for the workshop and the tour have to be available at all the following dates:
> Casts 1 and 2:
- From August 24 to September 9, 2012 included: opera workshop, production of Così fan tutte
> Cast 1
- From October 20 to December 9, 2012: Fall tour 2012 in Eastern Quebec and in Maritimes
> Cast 2
- From March 19 to May 6, 2013: Spring tour 2013 in Western Quebec and in Ontario.
Singers will be chosen for both casts when all candidates will have confirmed their participation.
*Please note that these dates are planned in advance and may be changed without notice.
Successful candidates will take part in the following:
• A two-week opera workshop under the musical and stage direction of professionals working in the field.
• A tour under the aegis of Jeunesses Musicales of Canada.
Note that a tour means 13 to 20 concerts.
A minimum of nine hours of pre-tour rehearsals and performances paid. On tour, transportation costs and a per diem will be borne by JMC.

Delphine Tremblay Martel, Evening Concerts Coordinator
Jeunesses Musicales of Canada
514 845-4108, ext. 231
Toll free: 1-877-377-7951, ext. 231

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