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Auditions for FAUST - Epiphany Term

DIRECTORS AND PRODUCERS NEEDED

We are currently looking for directors and producers with past theatre experience. If you are interested, please send an email to DOE president Hamish Garland (hamish.r.garland@durham.ac.uk) and we will arrange an interview with members of the exec.

The show is a new translation and arrangement of Gounod's classic French opera, Faust. An aged scholar makes a deal with a demon, allowing him a second chance to find love, meaning and happiness in his life, in exchange for his service in hell after death. But will the bargain itself prove fatal?

 

SINGER INTERVIEWS AND AUDITIONS - 5 AND 6 DECEMBER 

 

A new translation and arrangement of Gounod's classic French opera. An aged scholar makes a deal with a demon, allowing him a second chance to find love, meaning and happiness in his life, in exchange for his service in hell after death. But will the bargain itself prove fatal?

 

Auditions:   Saturday 5th December, 16.30-18.30 (Zoom)

                      Sunday 6th December, 16.30-18.30 (Zoom)

 

Callbacks: Provisionally Thursday 10th December, 19.30-21.30 (Zoom) but will be flexible given people's differing travel arrangements

 

Performances: TBC depending on AR Slot Application

 

All auditionees will be required to send a 2-3 minute video recording of them singing (any opera/classical repertoire is acceptable). You will then have a 10-minute interview with members of the prod team/exec via Zoom to discuss your experience and the show we are planning.

 

No previous opera experience is necessary.

 

HOW TO SIGN UP FOR AUDITIONS

 

  1. Book an Interview slot: https://doodle.com/poll/f5waenm3atqfgr46?utm_source=poll&utm_medium=link
     

  2. Fill in the Singer Audition Form: https://forms.gle/HhDsPEo6yZuGVdKr5

This is where you will attach a link to your pre-recorded song of choice. For more information regarding recording, please see below.

 

 

If you can't make the above dates, please send an email to our president Hamish Garland (hamish.r.garland@durham.ac.uk) and we will try to arrange an alternative.

 

 

We look forward to seeing you!

Durham Opera Ensemble

 
 

Recording guidelines

TIPS AND TRICKS

We know that online auditions can be anxiety-inducing, so here are a couple of tips on how to get a good recording. Good Luck! 

  • No need for fancy gear, a mobile camera is perfect.

  • Record in landscape mode, it makes for a better fit when you upload it later.

  • Try to have a plain background if you can.

  • Don't stand too close to the wall behind you, and not too close to the camera.

  • Don't stand with your back to a window, we want to be able to see your lovely face.
     

  • Try to have a light source in front of you, not behind or above.

  • If you have a backtrack you can use it, but a capella is totally fine.

  • Don't worry too much about it being perfect, we just want to know what you sound like and where we could cast you this autumn. 

  • Sing your heart out - remember why you audition: singing is something you enjoy and love!