Audition Notice – Female Small Ensemble for Broadcast Opera
Female Small Ensemble Singer-Actors – Role of â€œForest Womenâ€
in Broadcast Opera ProjectÂ Vireo
Audition date – June 7, 2015, afternoon (20-minute slots)
Grand Central Art Center (GCAC)Â in Santa Ana, CA, a unit ofÂ Cal State University Fullertonâ€™s College of the Arts, is holding auditions for 4-6 female singer-actors, of any voice part and any age, to appear as part of the small ensemble of Forest Women in a newly composed opera by composerÂ Lisa Bielawa, LibrettistÂ Erik EhnÂ and directed byÂ Charlie Otte.Â Â The role of the â€œForest Womenâ€ at this point is being cast as volunteer positions, but will provide opportunity for onscreen appearance, credits and direct engagement withÂ VireoÂ team.
GCAC is looking for a broad range of ages, voice types and body types to sing in close harmony and appear on camera in the recording and taping of the fourth episode of â€œVireo,â€ an opera created and released in episodes. The Forest Women will participate in one day of taping between August 12-15, 2015. Each episode is filmed in front of a live audience and distributed locally and worldwide via multi-platform broadcast through partnership withÂ KCET. The fourth episode will feature celebrated harpistÂ Bridget Kibbey,Â Mezzo-SopranoÂ Laurie Rubin,Â baritoneÂ Gregory Purnhagen, drummerÂ Matthias Bossi,Â and in the title role ofÂ Vireo, 17-year-old sopranoÂ Rowen Sabala.Â Forest Women will appear and sing withÂ Laurie Rubin, who sings the role of The Witch.
Auditions for the role are open to all female singers, ages 8-80.Â Â The selected singers will have an opportunity to work with a professional artistic team and a distinguished roster of artists, giving them national as well as international exposure.
What to prepareÂ – One vocal selection of their choice, in English.
A short excerpt fromÂ VireoÂ will be provided before the audition and will be taught in the context of the audition process.
Auditions will take place at GCAC, 125 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 92701
Rehearsal schedule and taping schedule is still in progress, but tentatively are as follows:
- Musical Rehearsals: 3-4 rehearsals in mid-late July, as needed, in Orange County
- Staging Rehearsals and Tech – August 5-12 (the individuals selected would not be called this entire time but must be in OC and available to schedule rehearsals)
- Shooting of episode 4 from 9am-10pm over one day, August 12-15 (exact date TBD)
More complete details on theÂ VireoÂ project can be found online at:
To schedule an audition time, please email:Â GRANDCENTRAL@FULLERTON.EDU