The notion of performing in an opera might have always seemed a little out of reach.
Opera Colorado is holding open auditions for Denver-area singers to join the chorus in three productions during the 2019-2020 season: Rossini's The Barber of Seville, Leoncavallo's Pagliacci and Puccini's Tosca, all of which will be performed at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.
The auditions run from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, at the Opera Colorado Center, 4121 South Navajo Street, Suite 100, in Englewood.
The company's choir master, Sahar Nouri, will be there to judge aspiring singers. Men and women are welcome to participate, but Nouri will be looking for tenors, baritones and basses, in particular.
If you're interested in participating, prepare to sing two memorized selections, either art songs or traditional opera numbers; at least one should be in a foreign language. A pianist will be on hand to accompany you.
Singers will need to be available for both weekday evening and weekend rehearsals. They will be compensated with a small stipend and will receive two free tickets to the production's final dress rehearsal as well as discounts on tickets for regular performances.
Rehearsal and performance dates are as follows:
The Barber of Seville chorus
September 27 to November 10, 2019
February 3 to March 1, 2020
March 30 to May 10, 2020
To apply to audition and for more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Slots are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
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