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Bel Cantanti Opera Summer Opera Festival 2016

The MUSIC of the RUSSIAN SOUL

Russian Opera Workshop. Intense immersion in Russian Lyric Diction and operatic repertoire. rehearsals of the operatic scenes, detailed work on Russian Art songs. An evening of Russian Art Songs. Two evenings of Russian Opera.

SEUSSICAL.

Youth Music Camp. A fully staged musical by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens. Sung in English, choreographer, in costume.

Auditions are held at the Concord-St. Andrews UM Church (5910 Goldsboro Rd, Bethesda) on January 30, 2016.

The Music of the Russian Soul

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LEARN RUSSIAN, READ RUSSIAN, SING RUSSIAN!

Learn to read Russian without IPA, learn about Russian opera, traditions, school of singing.
Daily masterclasses, vocal performance seminars, coachings with the native speakers.
Make Russian a language you love to sing on.
Eugene Onegin, Life for the Tsar, Snowmaiden, Aleko, Mazeppa, Demon, Tsar's Bride, War and Piece and more.

When: June 5-26, 2016
Where: Theater of the Concord - St. Andrews UM Church
Who: Young and seasoned professionals. (20-35 y.o)
Auditions: January 30, 1pm-9pm, CSA UM Church (5910 Goldsboro Rd. Bethesda, MD)
Materials: Application (download), Current Resume, Current Headshot, Recent recording, Application Fee $25 (Paid online)

Performances:
1. An Evening of Russian Art Song June 11, 2016 (Romances of Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Glinka, Rimsky-Korsakov, Schostakovich, Sviridov.)
2. Two performances of The Music of the Russian Soul (arias, duets, opera scenes from the operas of Russian Composers).
Tuition: $500-$700 - depending on particip[ation and repertoire.
Housing: Limited housing is available for out of town singers
Transportation: Provided by the participants.
Contact: auditions@belcantanti.com

SEUSSICAL

Fully staged, choreographed, in costume, performed in English.
When: June 20-July 17, 2016. Monday through Friday 12pm-5pm
Where: Theatre of Concord - St. Andrews UM Church
Who: Kids, Youth and Young professionals. (8-20 y.o)
Auditions: January 30, 1pm-9pm, CSA UM Church (5910 Goldsboro Rd. Bethesda, MD)
Materials: Application (download), Photo, Short Bio, Costume Measurements (download), Application Fee $25 (Paid online)
Performances:Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17
Tuition: $1000
Contact: auditions@belcantanti.com
Transportation: Provided by the participants and their parents.

More Information

This year Bel Cantanti Opera is holding its nineth highly successful annual summer opera program for young singers. It is the third year, when we included a musical in the summer program. We will be working not only with the young professional singers, but also with the children (elementary through high school)

The Music of the Russian Soul will start on June 6 and run till June 26 with two concerts of the Russia operatic music and one concert of Russia Art Song. Seussica will run from June 20 till July 17, with the performances on July 16 and 17.

The Auditions for both productions will be held at the Concord - St. Andrews United Methodist Church on Saturday, January 30 (first round) (1-9pm).

For the auditions for The Music of the Russian Soul singers are required to sing an aria in Russian and an aria of their choice.

For the auditions for Seussical singers should prepare one or two English pieces and a monologue (memorized) - 1 minute..

To apply to auditions the applicants need to send via email the following materials to auditions@belcantanti.com.

Materials:

1. Application - Children and Adults (download and send to auditions@belcantanti.com).

2. Application Fee Children and Adults $26.00 (PayPal)

3. Headshot (Adults) For the children we would need a picture of any kind, not a headshot.

4. Current Resume (email and bring a hard copy for auditions). Adults only.

5. Recent mp3 recording. Youtube or DVD if available. Adults only.

6. Short bio. Children and Adults

7. Costume measurements. Children and Adults download

Tuition: $500-700 (Russian) $1000 ( Seussical). Tuition is Non-Refundable after April 1.

Housing: Limited housing for out of town singers might be available.

Venues: Rehearsals and performances will be held at the Theatre of the CSA United Methodist Church.

Payments: Pay an audition fee online with your credit card through PayPal. You do not have to have a PayPal account and can use any major credit card.

Audition Fee is $26.00 ( $25 plus $1.00 PayPal fee).

Tuition is paid by check sent to Bel Cantanti Opera, 13007 Prairie View Pl. Germantown, MD, 20874.

Check has to be postmarked not later than March 25th, 2013.
The activities will include daily music rehearsals, staging rehearsals, music coachings, acting, choreography. The schedule will be determined according to the role and involvement in the program.

Russian Repertoire

P. Tchaikovsky's Iolanta Arias (Soprano,Tenor, Bass, Bass-Baritone, Baritone), Duet (Soprano, Tenor)
P. Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin Arias and scenes (Soprano, Mezzo soprano, Tenor, Baritone, Bass), Duet (Soprano, Baritone)
P. Tchaikovsky's Queen of Spades Arias (Soprano, Mezzo-soprano, Tenor, Bass-Baritone, Baritone), Duet (Soprano, tenor)
P. Tchaikovsky's The Maid of Orleans Arias (Mezzo-soprano)
P. Tchaikovsky's Mazzepa Arias and scenes(Soprano, Bass Baritone), Duet (Soprano, Bass-Baritone, Tenor)
A. Borodin's> Prince Igor Arias (Soprano, Mezzo Soprano, Baritone, Tenor, Bass), Duet ( Mezzo Soprano, Tenor)
M. Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov Arias and scenes(Bass, Bass-Baritone, Mezzo Soprano), Duet ( Mezzo Soprano, Tenor)
M. Glinka's A Life for the Tsar Arias and scenes (Soprano, Mezzo Soprano, Baritone)
A. Rubinstein's Demon Arias (Soprano, Bass-Baritone)
S. Rachmaninoff's Aleko Arias (Soprano,Tenor, Bass-Baritone, Bass), Duet (Soprano, Tenor)
S. Rachmaninoff's Francesca da Rimini Arias (Soprano, Bass Baritone), Duet (Soprano, Tenor)
N. Rimsky Korsakov's Snow Maiden Arias and Scenes (Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, Tenor, Baritone), Duets (Soprano, Tenor, Mezzo Soprano, Baritone)
N. Rimsky Korsakov's Sadko Arias and Scenes (Soprano, Tenor, Baritone, Bass)
N. Rimsky Korsakov's The Tsar's Bride Arias and Scenes (Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, Baritone, Tenor), Duets ( Mezzo Soprano, Baritone)
N. Rimsky Korsakov's Snow Maiden Arias and Scenes (Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, Tenor, Baritone), Duets (Soprano, Tenor, Mezzo Soprano, Baritone)
N. Rimsky Korsakov's May Night Arias (Tenor), Duets (Soprano, Tenor)

SEUSSICAL

WHEN: June 20 - July 17, 2016
WHERE: Theatre of the Concord-St. Andrew's United Methodist Church
SHOWS: Theatre of the Concord- St. Andrews United Methodist Church
TUITION: $1000

Character Breakdown:

The Cat In The Hat. The Cat In The Hat is the essence of mischief, fun, and imagination. The Cat stirs things up, causes trouble, but always sets things right again, helping Jojo to discover the power of his own imagination as they create the story for the show together. Looking for a physically adept actor (male or female) to play The Cat, one who will be able to play many comic cameos and is comfortable improvising with an audience. The Cat should have good rhythm and timing. Gender: both. Vocal range:F2-F4

Jojo. The Mayor's son. Jojo is a "Thinker", a smart child with a wild imagination. He can be played as being a little bit awkward, a little bit of a loner, or simply a rambunctious kid whose Thinks get him into constant trouble. By the end of the show, he learns what it means to be a responsible member of his world, using the power and possibilities of his own Thinks. Gender: both. Age: 8 to 12. Vocal range: : Ab3-C5

Horton The Elephant. Horton The Elephant is a gentle giant. Think of him as a big-hearted blue-collar guy who is steadfast, responsible and always tries to do the right thing for his friends. He is imaginative and receptive to the world around him. He is very unselfconscious. Horton's view of the world never changes - he believes in its goodness. By the end of the show, without even realizing it, he is ready to become a parent. Gender: male. Vocal range: A2-F4.

Gertrude Mcfuzz. Gertrude Mcfuzz is very self-conscious and aware that her one-feather tail isn't perfect. Gertrude changes during the show from a neurotic, nervous and shy bird into one with the power to protect and care for a baby elephant bird and commit herself to Horton. In other words, she stops worrying about her looks and grows up. Gender: female. Vocal range:F3-F5.

Mayzie Labird. Mayzie La Bird is self-centered, selfish, and vain. Mayzie will never admit to her own flaws. She manipulates anyone she can into doing what she wants. But Mayzie isn't all bad. In giving up her egg to Horton once and for all, she has a moment of generosity-she realizes she isn't the kind of person who would be a good parent, and she does the best thing she can for the egg. Gender: female. Vocal range: G3-Eb5.

The Sour Kangaroo. The 'leader' of the jungle. She is loud, brassy, and stubbornly set in her ways. A caring mother, but unabashedly sassy and soulful. Gender: female. Vocal range:F3-F5.

The Wickersham Brothers The Wickersham Brothers are not bad guys! They're simply a lot like kids who tease, play pranks, and get a kick out of making mischief, although often at others' expense. They enjoy hanging around with one another, making music together on the street corner, and playing off one another. Encourage each of your actors to find their own Wickersham persona. Gender: male. Vocal range: A4-G6

The Whoes The Whos are a lot like you and me, only so small as to be invisible. Don't think of them as weird little aliens. They should be played for their inherent humanity. Encouraging everyone playing a Who to try and create his or her own unique character. Gender: both. Vocal range:G3-D#5

Mr. Major Mr. and Mrs. Mayor are Whos who are parents trying hard to raise a difficult child in a difficult world. They may get aggravated with Jojo, but they love him dearly and try to do the right thing, even if it turns out to be a mistake. Gender: male. Vocal range:G5-A6

Mrs. Mayor Mr. and Mrs. Mayor are Whos who are parents trying hard to raise a difficult child in a difficult world. They may get aggravated with Jojo, but they love him dearly and try to do the right thing, even if it turns out to be a mistake. Gender: female. Vocal range:A3-D5

Jungle Creatures The Jungle Creatures are real people at heart, just like us, even though they may be described as animal characters. Each jungle creature is his or her own individual character with human characteristics. Gender: both. Vocal range: A3-Db5

The Grinch One of three great smaller character roles that can be played by some of your featured chorus members. Gender: both.

Yertle The Turtle One of three great smaller character roles that can be played by some of your featured chorus members. Gender: both.

Vlad Vladikoff One of three great smaller character roles that can be played by some of your featured chorus members. Gender: both.