Opera op­por­tu­nity for singers

Whanganui Midweek - - PATH OF LIFE -

New Zealand Opera is invit­ing tal­ented young singers to au­di­tion for the com­pany’s 2019 pro­duc­tion of Brit­ten’s chill­ing cham­ber opera The Turn of the Screw.

The new pro­duc­tion will be di­rected by gen­eral di­rec­tor Thomas de Mal­let Burgess with Holly Mathieson con­duct­ing, Tracy Grant Lord de­sign­ing the sets and cos­tumes and Matthew Marshall as light­ing de­signer.

Per­formed in the in­ti­macy of Wellington’s Opera House and Auck­land’s ASB Water­front The­atre in Oc­to­ber next year, the early cast­ing call be­gins the process of find­ing the right chil­dren to play the enig­matic roles of Flora and Miles in both Wellington and Auck­land.

“We’re look­ing for four very tal­ented chil­dren to play or un­der­study Flora and Miles,” says de Mal­let Burgess. “The roles re­quire very spe­cific trained voices, with steady tone, clear pitch and the abil­ity to project with­out am­pli­fi­ca­tion.”

Flora: Fe­male, so­prano: Aged 14-plus to play 11-12 years old. A young, seem­ingly in­no­cent and play­ful girl, with macabre cu­riosi­ties. Pure, clas­si­cal voice of soloist quality with sub­stan­tial vol­ume.

Miles: Male, boy so­prano: Aged 10-plus to play 12-14 years old. Af­ter be­ing ex­pelled from school, an in­no­cent look­ing young boy re­veals that he has a trou­bled past. Voice must be un­bro­ken and of soloist quality with sub­stan­tial vol­ume.

The first step for au­di­tions is to sub­mit an au­di­tion video by Jan­uary 18. Se­lected ap­pli­cants will be in­vited to par­tic­i­pate in a fi­nal­ists’ work­shop in midFe­bru­ary, with the fi­nal cast­ing to be an­nounced in late Fe­bru­ary. De­tails are avail­able at nz­opera.com

“The Turn of the Screw isa ghost story with some dark themes, so we’ll be work­ing closely with par­ents to en­sure the chil­dren se­lected are fully aware of what the opera is about and able to cope with the sub­ject mat­ter,” said Thomas.

“This is a won­der­ful won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity for young singers to play cen­tral roles in a pro­fes­sional opera, along­side a first rate na­tional and in­ter­na­tional New Zealand cast.”

Tick­ets to The Turn of the Screw are avail­able as part of sub­scrip­tion pack­ages at nz­opera.com and on sale via Tick­et­mas­ter. More in­for­ma­tion on the au­di­tions is nz­opera.com

PIC­TURE / PA­TRICK BROWNE

Thomas de Mal­let Burgess is cast­ing for The Turn of the Screw.

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