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Seattle Opera Seeking African American Female Dancer
Auditions for Singers - Principal Artists
Young Artists
Seattle Opera Chorus

Seattle Opera Seeking African American Female Dancer

Seattle Opera is looking for one female African American dancer for its upcoming production of

Rigoletto
By Giuseppe Verdi

We are looking to cast one woman, between 5’00”-5’06” with strong musical theatre technique (show is being updated to the 1930’s)

Positions are paid (AGMA contract)

Show begins rehearsing Dec. 11, 2013
Show runs Jan. 11-25, 2014

Daytime availability for rehearsals required.

Please email headshot, resume and link to video footage if available to paula.podemski@seattleopera.org

Auditions for Singers - Principal Artists

Auditions for principal roles are by invitation and are offered only to artists who are represented by professional artist management or under very special circumstances. Artists’ representatives should address resumes to:

Artistic Administrator
Seattle Opera
1020 John Street
Seattle, WA 98109

Young Artists

Young adult singers interested in Seattle Opera’s professional training program please visit the Young Artists Program section.

Seattle Opera Chorus

The Seattle Opera Chorus is a part time professional chorus. Each chorister is affiliated with the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA).

Open Chorus Auditions will take place November of 2014. You can request an audition application packet after September 1, 2014 by e-mailing Jeffrey Jordan at jeffrey.jordan@seattleopera.org. Auditions must be scheduled in advance and will be by invitation only. Only residents of Seattle and/or the greater Seattle metropolitan area are eligible to sing in the Seattle Opera Chorus.

Audition Requirements
Candidates should prepare and memorize three selections in three different languages, one of which must be in Italian. Two selections must be opera arias. The remaining selection may be an art song or an oratorio excerpt. Singers should be prepared to sight-sing a simple choral excerpt. An accompanist will be provided for the use of auditionees who do not provide their own.

The Sight-Singing Test
A test of sight-singing forms part of the audition for all prospective choristers. Satisfactory completion of the sight-singing audition will, for the most part, exempt the chorister from future sight-singing auditions. In some cases, a singer may be provisionally accepted into the chorus despite an unsatisfactory sight-singing audition.

How Your Audition Will Be Judged
Auditions are evaluated on the following criteria:

  • a demonstrated level of musicianship with attention to correct pitch, rhythm, dynamics, phrasing, and interpretation
  • solid vocal technique
  • appropriate diction in the common operatic languages
  • large enough sound to carry in the theater
  • an appropriate choral sound according to the artistic standard set by the General Director
  • the ability to blend the voice
  • stage presence
  • dramatic sensibility
  • ability to carry out basic theatrical movement (ie. climbing stairs, kneeling, standing on a raked stage, light dance movements etc..).

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