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Monday, July 1, 2013

Fall Opera Auditions

For those of you interested in auditioning for the fall opera, Mozart's LA FINTA SEMPLICE, we will meet at 3:30 in the choir room on Tuesday, August 27 (the second day of class). During that time, you can ask questions, do a "dry run" of your audition aria if you wish (with or without me present: your choice), and learn more about the show. Auditions will be two days later, on August 29, so you'll want to come back from the summer with an audition aria ready to go! We will perform the opera in Italian, with surtitles. Audition repertoire is as follows. If you are unsure which role to prepare, please ask me for recommendations. Please also email me if you need a copy of the music.

Simone (baritone): "Troppo briga a prender moglie" or "Vieni O mio Ninetta"
Giacinta (mezzo-soprano): "Marito io vorrei"
Fracasso (tenor): "Guarda la donna in viso" or "Nelle guerre d'amore"
Cassandro (bass-baritone): : "Non c'e al mondo" or "Ella vuole ed io vorrei"
Ninetta (soprano): "Un marito, donne care" or "Sono in amore"
Polidoro (tenor): "Cosa ha mai la donna indosso"or "Sposa cara"
Rosina (soprano): "Colla bocca" or "Ho sentito"

Please note that the following arias will be cut from the opera:

Rosina: "Senti l'eco" (no. 9) and "Amoretti, che ascosi qui siete" (no. 15)
Ninetta: "Chi mi vuole ben" (no. 10)
Simone: "Con corte persone (no. 13)
Fracasso: In voi belle" (no. 20)

Possible cuts include Giacinta's "Se a maritarmi arrivo" (no. 14), or Giacinta's "Che scompiglio" (which may be reduced if not cut, due to orchestration concerns). Please do NOT bring these arias to the audition for this reason.

Sopranos, it may behoove you to bring two arias, one sung by Rosina and the other by Ninetta. You may also consider bringing one aria by Giacinta if you feel your middle voice has a warmer color, as some scores label her "soprano."

Please note that there will be an extra, non-singing role added to the show, known for now as The Housekeeper. She will function as the Narrator, and this will replace much of the recitative. Please do come to auditions to read, if you want to be involved but do not have a aria prepared.

Final performance class

We will all meet together in HRH today. If Mr. Byrd or Dr. Mosteller is playing for you in lieu of Dr. Steele, be sure they have your music!...