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Utopia Opera is pleased to announce auditions for the first production of its eighth season:

THE STORY OF HARRIET TUBMAN - November 10, 11, 16, and 17
by Thea Musgrave
staged with orchestra

Produced as an official part of Thea Musgrave's 90th Birthday celebration, Utopia Opera is pleased to present the New York premiere of The Story of Harriet Tubman with the composer's blessing and assistance.

a pdf of the entire score can be previewed here at the publisher's website:


Musical coachings will begin in September including sporadic readthroughs and early staging discussions. Full music/staging rehearsals will begin with regularity in October. Group rehearsals will generally take place in Manhattan on evenings and weekends, though other times may be used if availability is flexible. Complete evening/weekend availability is required from November 2 - November 10; otherwise we will do our best to accommodate your pre-existing conflicts. Not everyone will be called to every rehearsal.

The FIVE performances are at Lang Hall, Hunter College on November 10 & 16 at 7pm, November 11 at 3pm, and November 17 at 3:30pm and 7:30pm. The show will be single cast. One of the five performances will possibly be a performance for the covers of the principal roles. The show runs approximately 1.5 hours and calltimes are approximately 1 to 2.5 hours before showtime.

All performers receive a travel honorarium of $100-$250

We are also in the process of seeing about presenting this opera at local schools for outreach performances (under a separate offer/contract), but no dates for this are set officially yet.


As per the author's intentions, we are specifying the ethnicities of the characters in this announcement and we plan on casting the show according to these specifications.

Black characters:
Harriet, soprano
Josiah (her fiancé), baritone
Rit (her mother), mezzo-soprano
Ben (her father), bass
Benjie (a young man) / Narrator, tenor
Cato (a teenager), acting role
Choral Ensemble of 8-12 people (all voice types)

Caucasian characters:
Mr Garrett (a Quaker), baritone
Master/Abolitionist, acting role
Preston (the master's son) / Sergeant, acting role
Suellen (Preston's wife), acting role (non-speaking)
Overseer / Jailer, acting role

In addition to the roles labelled "acting role," the following characters have spoken dialogue: Harriet, Rit, Benjie (the Narrator), Mr Garrett.

We are also looking for covers for all of these roles.


Will be individually scheduled after receiving your materials. Some performers may be cast based on their materials alone. Otherwise, our auditions will take place in Manhattan before Sept 20.


-Please e-mail with the following information.
-The subject line should follow this format: YOUR NAME - Harriet auditions

In the body of the e-mail include:
-Your name and, if applying for a singing role, your voice type/range.
-The role(s) for which you would like to be considered.
-Your itemized availability for an audition September 10 - 20.
-Your itemized availability for rehearsals/performances from October 1 - November 17.
-Please include a headshot and resume in PDF form as attachments.
-If available, please include up to three recordings (as links, not as attachments) in English.
-If you wish, you can include your thoughts on why you would want to be a part of this show.

We will be accepting submissions until a complete cast list is posted on our Facebook page.

Please stay tuned for announcements for our upcoming productions on our website:

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

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Thank you very much! We apologize for any egregious typos.

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