Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Halifax has opera! HSOW applications due...

The Halifax Summer Opera Workshop in Nova Scotia, Canada
Workshop dates:  July 16 to August 12, 2012, inclusive
Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

1. A Midsummer Night's Dream by Benjamin Britten
music director: Gregory Myra
stage directors: Nina Scott-Stodddart and David Mosey
vocal coach: TBA
2. Carmen by Georges Bizet
music director: Tara Scott
stage director:  Anthony Radford
vocal coach:  Paula Rockwell

3. Three one act operas in English:
music director: Jennifer Szeto
vocal coach:  Lucy Hayes Davis

Gisela in Her Bathtub by Neil Weisensel and Michael Cavanagh
stage director:  Bonnie Archibald-Awalt

The Harpies by Marc Blitzstein
stage director: Steven Bourque

Riders to the Sea by Ralph Vaughan Williams
stage director:  Anne Morison

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How to Apply to attend the Halifax Summer Opera Workshop

1.  Please fill in the online Application Form.  If you request an audition time in your application, Administrator Marja Ernst will get in touch with you with your time.
2.  Attend an audition or send in a recording, either by mail or by uploading files electronically.
There are no fees for applying to HSOW

2a. IN-PERSON AUDITIONS

Auditions this year will be held in:

LONDON, ON 
Thursday November 10, New St. James Presbyterian Church, 1 pm to 7 pm

TORONTO, ON 
Friday November 11, Kimbourne Park United Church, 6 pm to 9 pm
Saturday November 12, Kimbourne Park United Church,  noon to 4 pm

MONTREAL, QC
Sunday November 13, McGill University, time and place TBA

HALIFAX, NS
Monday November 21, Dalhousie University, Room 406, 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

You must arrange for your own accompanist. Please bring your headshot and bio/resume. For the audition, we’ll ask you to prepare three arias or songs, as follows:

1. Ideally one should be an aria for the character for which you wish to be considered. This should be in the original language. Or pick an appropriate (language/style/voice type) substitute.
2. An aria or song in English
3. Any other song or aria that really shows off your personality and voice.
2b. RECORDED AUDITIONS

We encourage participants from other parts of Canada and the United States to attend HSOW! Every year we cast quite a few people from distance applications, so rest assured that it’s worthwhile applying this way.
If you know you’ll be applying by CD/DVD/electronic upload, you’re welcome to send your application along any time. Deadline for recorded auditions is postmarked November 15, 2011.
Here’s what to include: CD/DVD with three selections as for Live auditions, above. Send along a covering letter, and a headshot, bio/resume, and any supporting material (reviews, letters of recommendation, etc.). If you have a video, that’s a help too, but it’s not essential.
Please send your package to: Halifax Summer Opera Workshop PO Box 1819 Lunenburg, NS B0J 2C0 (for couriers, our street address is 177 York Street, Lunenburg, NS, B0J 2C0)
We also accept packages submitted electronically.  After you fill in and submit the application form on our website, you’ll be given information on how to upload your files to us (you can also include links to online content at this time, such as YouTube videos). 
For mailed or uploaded packages, letters of recommendation can either be included or emailed to Nina, as long as they’re marked clearly with your name.

What is HSOW? 

HSOW is an intensive summer opera workshop in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on the East Coast of Canada, run by working musical and theatrical artists. The workshop was started in 2005, and is designed to be supportive, friendly and professional. Participants learn and hone their operatic skills while rehearsing and performing complete roles. Our participants typically range in experience from university undergrads to working professionals, and the standards of both singing and acting are very high.  

Please visit our website for more information about HSOW, our 2012 season, our faculty, audition locations, fees and the application form:

1 comment:

The Dangerous Mezzo said...

Thanks so much for posting this, Elizabeth -- love your blog!

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