Our Auditions

The Bronx Opera Company (BxO) begins our 53rd Season by announcing auditions for our 2019-2020 productions:

 

Mozart’s DON GIOVANNI

(performed between January 11 and January 19)

 

and

 

Smetana’s THE BARTERED BRIDE

(performed between May 2 and May 10)

 

Both productions will be presented in English translation, fully staged, with costumes, orchestra, and chorus. No fees are charged, and a modest honorarium will be provided. DON GIOVANNI will be directed by Rod Gomez; THE BARTERED BRIDE will be directed by Benjamin Spierman.

 

Please note that we will be auditioning for BOTH productions in these sessions.

 

For your information, the broad-strokes production schedule is as follows (some dates may change slightly):

 

DON GIOVANNI:

  • Music rehearsals: mid-to-late October thru Thanksgiving.
  • Staging rehearsals: Post-Thanksgiving thru approximately December 23.
  • Sitzprobes, full run-thrus, tech: January 2 through January 10.
  • Performances: January 11, 12, 17 (abridged student matinee, performed by covers where available), 18, 19.

 

THE BARTERED BRIDE:

  • Music rehearsals: late January, late February, and March.
  • Staging rehearsals: March 28 through April 18.
  • Sitzprobes, full run-thrus, tech: April 19 through May 1.
  • Performances: May 2, May 3, May 8 (abridged student matinee, performed by covers where available), May 9 & May 10.

 

All rehearsals take place on weekday evenings and weekends, primarily in northwest Bronx locations. Rehearsals will be scheduled after cast conflicts are known. All performances take place at the Lovinger Theatre at Lehman College, in The Bronx.

 

Auditions will be held at Yeoryia Studios (2067 Broadway, Manhattan) on the following dates:

 

Friday, September 13, 7:00-10:00pm

Saturday, September 14, 1:00-5:00pm

Friday, September 20, 7:00-10:00pm

Saturday, September 21, 1:00-5:00pm

 

An accompanist will be provided. All roles are open. Please note again that we will be auditioning for BOTH productions in these audition sessions.

 

Please email your materials (resume, headshot, and a recording or a link to one) to us at BronxOperaAuditions@gmail.com. In your email, please indicate for which audition dates you’re available. In addition, please let us know the role(s) and production(s) in which you are interested. Once we’ve received and vetted your materials, we’ll be in touch via email to set up an appointment and discuss audition repertoire.

 

For the initial audition, please be prepared to sing an aria from the show for which you wish to be considered (or something in a similar style), as well as an English-language selection. Your English-language selection can be a DON GIOVANNI or BARTERED BRIDE aria in translation, or it can be another aria in English. Due to time constraints, we may not hear both selections, or all of both selections. There will be callback auditions; if you are invited to sing at callbacks, we will need to hear you sing in English, ideally from one or both of the operas we are producing.

 

We hope that you will pass this information along to others, even if the roles listed below do not fit you or if you are unable to be part of these productions. In addition, if you or anyone you know is interested in auditioning for the Bronx Opera Chorus, please email BxO’s Chorus Master, Michael C. Haigler, at bronxoperachorus@gmail.com. Please note that members of the chorus will have the opportunity to cover roles, where appropriate.

 

Once again, please note that we will be auditioning for BOTH productions in these audition sessions.

 

Thank you for your interest in Bronx Opera! We look forward to receiving your materials.

 

Team BxO

 

Roles:

DON GIOVANNI: Donna Anna, Donna Elvira & Zerlina (sopranos); Don Ottavio (tenor); Don Giovanni (baritone); Leporello & Masetto (bass-baritones); The Commendatore (bass). All roles will be double-cast.

THE BARTERED BRIDE: Mařenka (soprano); Ludmila (soprano or mezzo-soprano); Jeník (tenor); Vašek (tenor); Krušina (bass-baritone); Kecal (bass-baritone), and supporting roles for soprano, mezzo, tenor, baritone, and bass. Most roles will be double-cast.