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Auditions

Bel Cantanti Opera 2015-2016 Season Auditions!

Bel Cantanti Opera Company is announcing auditions for its 2016 - 2017 season.

Singers are needed for the following productions:

A double bill of Menotti's Medium and The Unicorn, the Gordon, and the Manticore. September 9-11, 16-18.

A double bill of Rimsky-Korsakov's Mozart and Salieri and Poulenc's La Voix Humaine. January 20-22, 27-29, 2017.

J. Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffmann, March 3-5, 10-12, 2017

G. Puccini's Le Villi, May 5-7, 12-14, 2017

Auditions are held on Saturdays, April 16 (12-8pm) and April 23 (2-8pm) at the sanctuary of the Concord-St. Andrews United Methodist Church (5910 Goldsboro Rd, Bethesda, MD). Pianist is provided free of charge.

To schedule an audition singers need to send via email to auditions@belcantanti.com:
1. a current resume
2. a recent headshot
3. mp3 recording or a link to the website or Youtube
4. an application (click to download)
5. a short bio
5. a costume measurements form (click to download)
6. the application fee of $26, paid online by a credit card. (click to make a payment)

Audition requirements - two arias, one of those should be:
Aria in Italian,if auditioning for Le Villi.
Aria in Russian, if auditioning for Mozart and Salieri.
Aria in French, if auditioning for La Voix Humaine or The Tales of Hoffmann.
Aria in English if auditioning for Medium or Unicorn.

Singers auditioning for the lead roles in the opera are required to sing an aria from the opera that they are auditioning for or an aria of very similar style.

Accepted singers will be informed about their audition slot via email.

Bel Cantanti Opera Company auditions singers in the end of each season, in the spring. Please join our mailing list to receive an announcement about the season auditions.

Dr. Katerina Souvorova, General and Artistic Director of BCO auditions singers during the year also. To request audition, please send the application (download it here), your currect resume, headshot and recording if available at auditions@belcantanti.com