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Posted by on Jan 30, 2013 in new articles, The Voice Box | 1 comment

Question of the Week

by Melissa Wimbish

This question was submitted by one of our readers via Twitter:

@Operagasm ok I have a question. How far in advance do opera co’s cast their seasons? When they announce – I feel they cast well beforehand.

I would say it depends on the company. A place like the Met probably has their principals cast 2 or 3 seasons out at least..? Right? While some smaller companies will hold auditions and make those casting decisions just a few months before a production is scheduled to open.

Any further thoughts on this, Operagasm public? I know there are some directors and such out there that can give us some insight. Please leave a comment!

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1 Comment

  1. When I worked at a “Level I” company a while back in the Artistic Administration department, you simply had to book out the most popular artists 3, 4, and even 5 years in advance. Often you would try to decide what the accompanying production would be, you would have a general idea. Or if it was a new production or something special, you would decide early to allow you to gather the rest of the elements for the production early. But sometimes the decision was truly left to a year or two before, especially if the production was something already in the company’s repertoire or easily borrowed from another company.

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