Opera Seeking Female Vocalists
Location: Minneapolis, MN
$200 per assignment
Ethnicity: All ethnicities
Auditions for Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Gondoliers".
Callbacks will be held on Monday, November 14, 2016, starting at 7:00 pm.
All principal roles for the production are cast through these auditions. No principal roles are pre-cast.
While approximately a third of the chorus is already filled by performers who are company members, the remaining chorus vacancies, all voices, will be filled through these auditions.
We ask you to bring your performance resume, if you have one. We will have everyone complete an audition form. Those with resumes, however, may simply refer to their resumes on the audition form. We also ask you to bring a copy of your head shot or another good photo of yourself.
Please audition with a song or aria in English. Your selection may be an opera or operetta piece, a Gilbert and Sullivan selection, a show tune, etc. No pop or rock music please.
An accompanist will be provided. We strongly recommend that all those auditioning prepare an accompanied piece rather than something unaccompanied.
If you are auditioning for a principal role, you do not need to prepare a monologue. The Directors may provide you with sides at your audition. You will rehearse the sides with another person who is auditioning and then present it to the Directors.
To sign up for an audition time, please follow the link to complete an Audition Form. You will be contacted via email to confirm that an audition time has been scheduled.
Most of those being considered for a named role in the production will be asked to come to Call Backs, which will be held on Monday, November 14, 2016, starting at 7:00 pm. You will be notified via email if you are being called back. Those emails will be sent out on Sunday, November 13, 2016, after auditions are completed that evening.
You will be notified for which role or roles you'll be asked to read and sing. The sides and music that will be used for all roles are available for you to review here.
Roles in The Gondoliers to be cast:
The Duchess of Plaza-Toro; (contralto)
Casilda, Daughter of the Duke and Duchess (soprano)
Gianetta, Contadina (soprano)
Tessa, Contadina (mezzo-soprano)
Fiametta, Contadina (soprano / chorus)
Guila, Contadina (soprano or mezzo-soprano / chorus)
Vittoria, Contadina (mezzo-soprano / chorus)
Inez, the King's Foster-mother (contralto / chorus)
Women: Contadine and Citizens of Venice
Full Cast Introductory Rehearsal: Monday, January 16, 2017, from 7:00 to 10:00 pm.
Chorus rehearsals begin promptly at 7:00 pm and run until 10:00 pm on Monday and Thursday nights. The Chorus will be called to rehearse on Tuesdays, as necessary.
Principal rehearsals will be scheduled by the Directors, and will generally occur, as scheduled, on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 to 10:00 pm and Saturday mornings from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Principals will be called on Mondays and Thursdays, as necessary.
Rehearsals will be held from January 16, 2017 to February 25, 2017.
Rehearsals will be held from Monday, February 27, 2017 through the Thursday, March 9 (Preview Performance).
Tech Week: Sunday, March 5 to Wednesday, March 8, 2017, night off on Tuesday, March 7, 2017.
Estimated call: 6:30 to 11:00 pm.
All cast will be called for the Understudy Rehearsal, Friday, March 3, 2017.
Estimated call: 6:30 pm.
Preview Performance / Final Dress Rehearsal: Thursday, March 9, 2017.
Estimated call: 6:30 pm.
Thursday, March 9, 7:30 pm, Preview Performance
Thursday, March 30, 7:30 pm, Evening Performance
Fridays, March 10, 17, 24, 31, 7:30 pm, Evening Performances
Saturdays, March 11, 18, 25, April 1, 7:30 pm, Evening Performances
Saturday, March 25, 2:00 pm, Matinee Performance
Sundays, March 12, 19, 26, April 2, 2:00 pm, Matinee Performances
We intend for casting to be completed by Monday, November 28, 2016. We will call those being offered principal roles first. They are given a limited amount of time to accept or decline the offer before the offer will go to the next candidate. After the principal roles have been filled, those being offered chorus roles will be called. Finally, we will notify via email those whom we are unable to cast. Everyone who auditions will be called or notified via email.