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