The application period for singers has closed.
Applicants will be notified by 4/1/12 with audition offers.
But you can still join us in the audience!
April 30, 7:30pm
May 1, 7:30pm
The Baltimore Concert Opera invites YOU to join us for our live auditions. We find that having an audience present for our auditions really enhances the experience for the singers as well as for the audition panel. We offer our audience a “behind the scenes” look into running an opera company, and we have a whole lot of fun along the way. Audience reaction could actually play a role in casting future seasons! Singers…this is way more fun than singing in a tiny room in New York City to two opera admins and a file cabinet…
Audience members, SYTYCSO is a general seating event…all seats are $10!
Auditions take place in the grand ballroom at the Garrett Jacobs Mansion (our performance venue,) in front of a live audience. We ask applicants to fill out a short on-line survey, and only charge an audition fee to those selected for an audition. Participants will be asked to prepare three arias, of which we will hear one or two. Please only answer the questions asked on our survey, as there is a method to our madness. (i.e. when asked to “tell us something fun about yourself” please do not insert your resume; that’s not fun.)
We have received positive feedback from many of our singers regarding our auditions, and how nice it was to be able to sing in front of a live audience. Feedback from the audience has been incredibly positive, and attendance continues to grow. Finally, and at the risk of sounding pompous and self-important, (when you get to know us, you’ll learn that is not the case!) if you have any doubt as to whether or not this is an appropriate format for you, please take a moment to look through our previous performance cast lists. Look through the bios of our artists. Google them. Listen to clips on our website. Many companies have a long application. We do not! This is by design as we don’t have the administrative staff to go through long applications. We expect that our applicants will have done the research to know that this is a good fit for them.
Finally, if selected, here is a little bit about the gig:
We are a concert opera company, that performs with piano accompaniment and open score. The open score is merely for reference and performers should be able to interact with their colleagues on stage. The complete time commitment for a BCO concert is usually under one week. There is one musical rehearsal with a pianist and conductor, a dress rehearsal, and two performances. The BCO will cover the cost of getting you to Baltimore and housing you while you are here (in home-stays as often as we’re able to arrange). At present, fees rarely exceed $750 for a soloist. Our format is most appealing to professional singers who have either performed their role before and can do so for us with little preparation, or to those that are in the process of preparing a role for an upcoming engagement and see the merit of being able to sing through the role with a complete cast. Our format is not for the faint of heart, or for those singers looking to gain experience. It is fast, intense and also a tremendous amount of fun!