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Opera Susquehanna Season 2020
Well howdy! Thank you so much for taking a gander at our offerings. We invite you to apply for summer season 2020! If you have any questions just send us a quick email at
Name (first and last)
Most people will apply by video submission, but if you do not have a video, you can set up a private session either in person in Harrisburg, PA, or by Zoom video conferencing. Please indicate below how you wish to audition. If you choose live, we will contact you to make arrangements.
Live in Harrisburg
Online video confrencing
If auditioning via video submission, please paste a link to videos of yourself singing two arias or art songs: one in English (baroque preferred but not required) and one in French.
What roles have have you performed? If you haven't done a role yet, feel free to list scenes, opera chorus work or concerts.
What opera are you interested in applying for? Please keep in mind: there are three casts. Two are mainstage orchestra and each get a shared Sitz, a dress-rehearsal, and a performance. There is a third cast, who will cover the two lead casts. The third cast gets a dress rehearsal and performance with piano.
Role Study (study a role in depth over the course of three weeks with coaches and voice teachers, then performe a scene from that opera on a concert).
What Roles Are you interested or willing to do? (Carmen)
Carmen (mezzo-soprano, OR a soprano with a rich middle range)
Don Jose (tenor)
Mercedes (mezzo OR soprano with a rich lower range)
Zuniga (bass OR baritone with low notes)
Le Dancaïre, smuggler
Lilas Pastia (spoken)
A Guide (spoken)
Anything is good!
Berenice (US Premier)
Berenice soprano (6 arias, 2 duets)
Alessandro (Soprano/ Countertenor)) (4 arias, 1 Arioso, 2 duets)
Selene (Mezzo-Soprano/ Alto) (3 arias, 1 arioso)
Demetrio (Mezzo-Soprano/ Alto/ Countertenor) (5 arias, 1 arioso, 1 duet)
Arsace (Mezzo-Soprano/ Alto/ Countertenor) (2 arias, 1 duet)
Fabio (Tenor) - (1 aria, 1 arioso)
Aristobolo (Baritone/ Bass-Baritone/ Bass) - (2 arias)
I'm open to anything!
Verdi, Wagner, Strauss, Puccini Role Study
Something by Verdi
Something by Wagner
Something by Puccini
Something by Strauss
I'm open to them all!
If you chose role study and specified a composer or two, tell us more about what opera you'd want to learn while at OS?
Tell us a bit more about your voice! You can check any that apply!
Soubrette Soprano (A light voice with a solid middle range. perfect for characters like Susanna in Figaro)
Coluratura Soprano (crazy pirotechnics! I can sing those melismas FAST)
Lyric Soprano (Can do lighter roles, but I really shine in Romantic French, lighter Verdi and Bel-Canto).
Full-Lyric Soprano (Puccini, please!)
Spinto/ Light dramatic soprano (Versatile, can hop between heavier lyric rep, all the way up to Wagner)
Other/ Not sure yet! I'm a soprano but we are still determining the size and agility of my voice.
Mezzo-Soprano (Light: Rossini, Handel, Pants Roles)
Mezzo-Soprano (Lyric: heavier, richer, well suited to verismo and late-romantic french repertoire)
Dramatic Mezzo-Soprano (Very heavy voice, well suited to Verdi, Wagner or Strauss)
Dont really know! I'm definitely a mezzo but need more time to determine specific rep.
Contralto (how low can you go...?)
Countertenor - Soprano (Sesto in clemenza, Siebel, Stephano etc)
Countertenor - Mezzo-Soprano (Refugee in Flight, Cherubino, Rinaldo, Ariodante, Ruggiere etc)
Countertenor - Contralto (Oberon, Cesare, Orlando, Bertarido, Senesino roles, etc)
Tenor Leggiero (Light Tenor Roles! Handel, Mozart, Rossini, Donizetti etc)
Full Lyric Tenor (La Boheme, Massanet, Bizet etc)
Spinto Tenor (Tosca, All the Verdi, Carmen)
Dramatic Tenor (DEUTSCH!!! Wagner, Strauss etc)
??? I am a tenor, but which vareity is still to be determined.
Lyric Baritone (Mozart!! YAASSSSS .. And everything else because I have to step in and sing a lot of different rep due to shortages in Baritones!!!)
Verdi Baritone (Usually villains but I do it all)
Still learning all the ins and outs of my voice. I'm a baritone but not sure the size or rep just yet.
Bass. Just Bass. I am a bass and that is that.
Are you interested in these add-ons?
Headshots: $120 for two pictures, digitally groomed. Perfect for auditions and website.
20-minutes to go toward an audition video, recorded with a standard digital camcorder. We provide the memory card. ($50)
Are you interested in a Work-Study Scholarship?
No I'm financing this myself.
If you indicated that you are interested in a Work-Study, which would you like to be considered for?
Social Media Posting
Box Office/ Usher
Child Care Provider/ Child Wrangler (supervising kids of the faculty, as well working backstage as a supervisor of the kids who are in the productions' childrens' choruses)
Clean Up Staff
Assistant to the conductor
Assistant to the Director
Props/ Assistant to the Stage Manager
Assistant to the Technical Director
Assistant to the carpender
Driver (driving the master teachers to and from the train station, picking up students from the train and bus stations, coffee runs etc)
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