Baltimore Concert Opera: “De-Mystifying the Opera Audition”
by Melissa Wimbish
The Baltimore Concert Opera holds its principal auditions in front of a live audience every year. So whatcha think about that? Too much like being on NBC’s “The Voice”, or is it actually a brilliant step towards creating a non-threatening audition situation while creating a buzz for the upcoming season, AAAAAnnnd considering what the audience looks/listens for in a singer? I think this could make for a really fascinating discussion. Please share your thoughts about this audition format in the comments section!
This year’s auditions take place on Monday, April 30th, and Tuesday, May 1st from 7:30-10:30pm at The Engineers Club in Mount Vernon, Baltimore. Here’s some more information from Baltimore Concert Opera:
“We find that having an audience present for our auditions really enhances the experience for the singers as well as for the audition panel. We offer our audience a “behind the scenes” look into running an opera company, and we have a whole lot of fun along the way. Audience reaction could actually play a role in casting future seasons! Singers…this is way more fun than singing in a tiny room in New York City to two opera admins and a file cabinet…What a great way to peek inside the process of auditions from both the singer’s and company’s perspective! Here is a chance for an aspiring singer to watch, and de-mystify the audition process.”
Please join us on Monday April 30th, and/or Tuesday, May 1st from 7:30-10:30pm at The Engineers Club in Mount Vernon. Tickets are just $10, available online at https://www.vendini.com/