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CHORUS AUDITIONS! A Message from Chorus Master Nathan Leaf

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Singers – I write to you in great anticipation of our upcoming inaugural season of the newly formed company, North Carolina Opera.  The year promises to have many highlights, and I know that many of you have had to wait a while and are looking forward to the opportunity to perform with the opera chorus again.  The chorus will be involved in three of next season’s productions:

Tosca (performance dates:  Oct. 15 and 17, 2010)

Don Pasquale (performances the second and third weekends in March, 2011)

Faust (performance April 30, 2011)


I will be hearing auditions for the chorus Saturday, June 5, noon – 5 pm, and Monday, June 14, 6-10 pm, at the Carswell Concert Hall on the Meredith College Campus. Please bring prepared an art song or aria in any language to sing, along with two copies of your music (for me and the accompanist).  The accompanist will be provided.  Although I have worked with several on the roster in the last two OCNC productions, there are many that I have not worked with and have not heard sing.  In order to make the best use of our talents and make the best possible chorus, I will need to hear auditions from those whom I haven’t heard before – I’m looking forward to this, as I have gotten to know many of you, but have not had the opportunity to get to know your voices.

So, if you would like to be considered for the chorus this season, please contact me to schedule an audition time, UNLESS you: (1) sang in the chorus or a role in one of the last two OCNC productions for which I was the chorus master, Rigoletto or La Cenerentola; or (2) you auditioned for me last year.  If either of these two apply to you, you do NOT need to reaudition for me at this time.  Scheduling a time in advance is helpful, but I will also hear walk in auditions, working them in as the schedule allows.  Please feel free to pass along this information to others you know who may be interested.  Please contact me also if you have sung with one of the opera choruses in the past, and need to audition but cannot make either of the audition times.

After the auditions on the 14th, I will get in contact with chorus members based on the needs of each show.  You do not need to be available for each show to be considered for this season.  The largest chorus that we will need will be for the Faust performance next April, which is planned to be a semi-staged version in Meymandi.  Obviously, we will need to firm up the Tosca chorus roster fairly soon.  There may be some more flexibility in making commitments to the March and April 2011 productions until we get closer to those dates.

So, again, the audition info:

DATES/TIMES:  Saturday, June 5, noon-5pm; Monday, June 14, 6pm-10pm

LOCATION:  Carswell Concert Hall, Meredith College

REQUIREMENTS:  One prepared art song or aria, any language.  Accompanist will be provided.  Audition will also include vocalizing and typical chorus audition elements.

CONTACT:  Nathan Leaf;; 919-515-8280

Looking forward to a great season.

Nathan Leaf
Chorus Master, North Carolina Opera

Written by Darla

May 27, 2010 at 2:26 pm

Posted in Auditions