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Utopia Opera is pleased to announce auditions for the 3rd production of its 7th season:

PASSION - March 9, 10, & 11, 2018
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by James Lapine
Based on the film "Passione d'Amore" directed by Ettore Scola

Stage Director: Benjamin Spierman
Music Director: William Remmers

PASSION
Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
www.MTIShows.com

PRODUCTION NOTES:
All performances are staged with orchestra in Manhattan. Performance times are March 9 at 8pm, March 10 at 3pm and 8pm, and March 11 at 3pm. The opera will be single-cast with covers for the three principal roles who will perform their roles at the March 10, 3pm performance. All performers must be available for all performances.

SCHEDULE NOTES:
Coachings with the conductor and director for these shows can begin as soon as the roles are cast. There will be 2 or 3 music rehearsals/read-throughs in December. There will be no rehearsals in January. Rehearsals will begin again in February with staging rehearsals generally scheduled on weeknights and weekends. The weekend and weekday nights starting with March 2 leading to opening night must be made totally available. If availability suits, we may also consider rehearsals during the day.

CASTING NOTES:
Utopia Opera will be presenting PASSION as a classical-crossover chamber opera without the use of microphones/amplification and with the full orchestra performing on the same level as the cast. As such, we are exclusively looking for singer-actors with a classical background or classical-crossover experience who are able to sensitively meet the dynamic range of the score under these conditions. A vocal approach such as that heard on the original cast recording, though satisfying and appropriate in its own context, would not be suitable for the demands of our environment.

ROLE BREAKDOWN
Giorgio - baritone
Fosca - contralto or mezzo-soprano
Clara - soprano
voice types for the below characters are flexible
Torasso - baritone or tenor
Ricci - tenor
Tambourri - baritone
Lombardi - tenor
Barri - bass or baritone
Rizzolli - bass or baritone
Augenti - tenor
Fosca's Mother - mezzo-soprano
Fosca's Father - bass or baritone
Ludovic - tenor
Mistress - contralto or mezzo-soprano
Ensemble - mixed featured players
Further details found on the MTI website

AUDITION DATES – BY APPOINTMENT ONLY:
*Thursday, November 30, 9am - 12pm
*Tuesday, December 5, 6pm - 9pm
in Manhattan at Shetler Studios: 244 W 54th Street, 12th floor, Penthouse level.

*If you are not available the days of the audition, please let us know and still send us your materials, and we will put you on the list for possible supplementary dates in the event we are still casting after December 5. We also may add additional dates within these weeks, pending interest.

Audition requirements:
-Please bring in an English-language monologue (no longer than 60 seconds) and up to three musical excerpts of up to 32 bars.
-Musical excerpts must be in English and must belong to one of the following three categories 1) operatic arias, 2) classical-crossover/legit musical theatre, or 3) from the works of Stephen Sondheim. Do not provide more than one excerpt for each category.
-Bring a headshot and resume in hard copy to the audition.
-A form to be filled out will be e-mailed to all approved applicants

To schedule an audition:
-Please e-mail info@utopiaopera.org with the following information.
-The subject line must follow this format: YOUR NAME - VOICE TYPE - Audition Application

In the body of the e-mail include:
-Your name and voice type.
-The role(s) for which you are auditioning.
-The arias/songs you will be offering at the audition.
-Your availability for the entire range of audition times.
-Please include a headshot and resume in PDF form as ATTACHMENTS.
-Optional: up to 3 audio or video recordings of repertoire in the musical categories listed among the audition requirements. Preference will be given to performers who provide recordings. (Please provide recordings as links to hosted files, YouTube links, Google Drive, etc. and not as attached files)

Be sure to follow all of these requirements to be considered for an audition.

Audition offers will be sent out no earlier than November 25. Please do not e-mail asking about the status of your audition application.

The productions are no pay/fee. A pianist will be provided for the audition. Performers can bring their own pianist, if they desire.

We are also currently accepting applications for assistant directors, conductors, stage managers, pianists, orchestra musicians, and crew members for this upcoming season. If you or anyone you know would be interested, they should e-mail info@utopiaopera.org

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Thank you very much!

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