Auditions for Dan Shore’s Freedom Ride, as part of MassOpera’s New Opera Workshop, will be done by video submission. The workshop concert performance will be the first weekend of November 2019. All submissions are due on Saturday, June 15th 2019. See below for more details:
WHEN & WHERE
Auditions for Freedom Ride will be done through video submission. Please send the recorded video file(s), a résumé, your availability from October 23rd – Nov 3rd, and contact list of at least two references to: email@example.com
Principal roles are open to Black Singers. See character and voice breakdown below. The chorus of students and activists is open to individuals of all races, voice types, and vocal styling.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED FOR VIDEO SUBMISSION
If you are interested in being considered, please send in a video audition of two contrasting pieces (art song, oratorio and legit MT is acceptable), one of which must be in English. Either in lieu of or in addition to your English piece, a recorded excerpt from the score of Freedom Ride will improve your chances of being cast. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org in order to receive access to the Freedom Ride score. You are welcome to record using an iphone, just please be sure to check that the sound quality represents your singing.
There is no audition fee when submitting a video audition.
TO SUBMIT AUDITION VIDEO
Please send the recorded video file(s), a résumé, your availability from October 23rd – Nov 3rd, and a contact list of at least two references to: email@example.com
WHAT YOU WILL NEED FOR CALL BACKS
There will be no call-backs for this workshop concert performance of Freedom Ride.
OTHER REHEARSAL & PRODUCTION DETAILS
- You must be available for rehearsals and performances between October 23rd and November 3rd.
- Rehearsals will be October 23rd to October 31st.
- Conflicts will not be permitted during this rehearsal period.
- Tech will be Friday, November 1st.
- Performances will be Saturday November 2nd and Sunday November 3rd at The Strand Theatre in Dorchester.
- It is likely we will ask for memorization so that we can have the characters fully embodied, though it will be minimally staged.
- The opera will premiere with Chicago Opera Theatre in 2020 (not with our cast), so you’ll be heard by many of the COT folks.
- We do NOT provide housing. You will need to find accommodation for approximately 1 week while in Boston.
- There are 12 principal roles.
- There is an adult chorus of students and activists as well as a children’s chorus.
MassOpera cultivates experiences for artists and audiences that challenge the status quo and reflect our diverse community. MassOpera is committed to diversity in all aspects of our organization.
Sylvie Davenport: Soprano – Early 20s – African-American
Leonie Baker: Soprano -40s – African-American
Georgia Davenport: Mezzo-Soprano – Sylvie’s mother – African-American
Russell Davenport: Tenor – Sylvie’s brother – African-American
Rev. Jerome Mitchell: Tenor – 30s – activist and pastor – African-American
Clayton Thomas: Baritone – activist – 30s – African-American
Ruby: Soprano – 18-25 – African-American
Mae: Soprano – 18-25 – Caucasian
Gloria: Mezzo-Soprano – 18-25 – African-American
Frances: Mezzo-Soprano – 18-25 – African-American
Marc: Tenor – 18-25 – Caucasian
Tommie: Baritone – 18-25 – African-American
Chorus of Students and Activists ages 18-25 encompassing all races, voice types, and vocal stylings.