Our friends at NI Opera have asked us to spread the world about their latest audition opportunities -
NI OPERA AUDITION OPPORTUNITY – CHORUS FOR 2013/2014 SEASON
Following on from NI Opera’s production of Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman, they are holding auditions for their 2013/2014 season.
They welcome all those with singing experience (preferably in opera or classical singing) to apply, not only professional singers. They will be recruiting a mixture of core paid singers, as well as singers who will receive expenses only. Candidates should be over 16 but otherwise there is no age restriction.
Rehearsals will not be full-time, and many will be in the evening and at weekends, rather than in the daytime. Singers are welcome to apply to perform in one OR both operas.
Auditions will take place on Tuesday 23 April and Saturday 11 May 2013 in the Grand Opera House, Belfast. Candidates should prepare one aria (either from an opera or oratorio), which displays some degree of vocal dexterity. (There will also be a limited number of auditions available in London.)
Please send your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org and if you are successful they will allocate you an audition slot (if necessary, please include one or two preferred times). Please note that these are not open auditions. The closing date for applications is Wednesday 17 April 2013.
If you have any queries, contact the NI Opera office on 028 9027 7734.
This May the National Opera Studio are proud to present something a little different. Our won Laila Barnat and Hollywood legend, Buster Keaton. On May 14th we will be hosting Jamelia - music on stage present a captivating theatrical experience - Music for Buster Keaton. This new musical, multi media show, developed by NOS repetituer Laila Barnat and Juan J. Ochoa will transport its audience to the Roaring Twenties. These accomplished musicians bring alive Keaton’s cinematic classic with live music including classical, jazz and some contemporary twists.
Book your tickets and read on to learn a little more about Laila & Buster.
Joseph Frank "Buster" Keaton (October 4, 1895 – February 1, 1966) was an American comic actor, filmmaker, producer and writer. He was best known for his silent films, in which his trademark was physical comedy with a consistently stoic, deadpan expression, earning him the nickname "The Great Stone Face".
Buster Keaton (his lifelong stage name) was recognized as the seventh-greatest director of all time by Entertainment Weekly.In 1999, the American Film Institute ranked Keaton the 21st-greatest male star of all time. Critic Roger Ebert wrote of Keaton's "extraordinary period from 1920 to 1929, [when] he worked without interruption on a series of films that make him, arguably, the greatest actor-director in the history of the movies." His career declined afterward with a dispiriting loss of his artistic independence when he hired on to MGM which fueled a crippling alcoholism that ruined his family life. However, he later recovered in the 1940s, remarried and successfully revived his career to a degree as an honored comic performer for the rest of his life, earning plaudits like anAcademy Honorary Award in 1958.
Orson Welles stated that Keaton's The General is "the greatest comedy ever made, the greatest Civil War film ever made, and perhaps the greatest film ever made."
A 2002 worldwide poll by Sight & Sound ranked Keaton's The General as the 15th best film of all time. Three other Keaton films received votes in the magazine's survey: Our Hospitality, Sherlock, Jr., and The Navigator.
Laïla Barnat. French born to a Danish mother and a Tunisian father, Laïla Barnat is a répétiteur, multilingual French coach and song recital pianist. She won the First Prize Alasdair Graham and Third Prize at the Schumann Lieder Competition at the Royal college of Music in London. There, she studied with Roger Vignoles and Simon Lepper and obtained a Post Graduate in Piano Accompaniment. She took part in Valencia’s Opera Studio "Placido Domingo" and worked in Carmen with Zubin Mehta, La Traviata with Lorin Maazel, Manon with Patrick Fournillier and Guillaume Tell with Alberto Zedda. She performed in France, U.K, Denmark, Canada, Spain, Italy (Teatro dell’Opera, Rome), China (2010 World Exposition), United States (Washington's Kennedy Center Millenium Stage, Dallas, Miami), Mexico and Malta. In 2013 she has been invited to take part in the Solti Répétiteur course with Richard Bonynge and has been enjoying being a répétiteur trainee at the National Opera Studio.
We are just so lucky with our trainees and alumni. Over the past few weeks we have been fortunate enough to have Aoife O'Sullivan back at the studio covering in performance and working with our audition panels for the new Reps. Aoife is fresh from playing Cupid in Medea at ENO. We really believe she is heaven sent.
Thank you Aoife!
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Huge Congratulations to John who performed at the St David's Day Gala Concert at St David's Hall, Cardiff
with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales conducted by Owain Arwel Hughes.
National Youth Choir of Wales Cardiff Ardwyn Singers BBC National Chorus of Wales BBC National Orchestra of Wales Owain Arwel Hughes Conductor
Verdi's Requiem is one of the greatest choral masterpieces in the repertoire. Charged with electric passion, terrifying force, tenderness and tranquillity, it comes straight from Verdi's soul. BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales celebrate St David's Day with a performance given by a star-studded cast of soloists under the direction of Owain Arwel Hughes.
The concert can be heard on Iplayer.
London Handel Festival 2013
11 March to 16 April
All the dates for the Festival are on the website www.london-handel-festival.com
NOS Alumnus, Alexander Sprague will be starting the London Handel Festival this year. This, the first of the nine Lunchtime Recitals takes place on Monday 11 March at 1pm at St George's, Hanover Square. In addition there are the Mayfair Organ Concerts which run throughout the Festival at St George's and Grosvenor Chapel.
You can download the brochure from the website Home page together with the booking form. However it is probably better to book online at this stage or phone the Box Office - 01460 54660 Monday to Friday 10am-12.30pm and 2-3pm from now until the end of the Festival.
Every term we run a series of lunchtime recitals during which we open the doors to the local public and give them the opportunity to see the work our young singers and pianists do at the studio. These events book to capacity every time and we are pleased to be able to offer a much enjoyed addition to the Wandsworth cultural calender. Todays programme -
Thank you to Scottish Opera for hosting a week-long residency for our trainees, culminating in a performance accompanied by The Orchestra of Scottish Opera.
This semi-staged performance included arias and scenes from a variety of operas including La bohème, Cosi fan tutte, Carmen and Don Giovanni.
'One of the most important elements in the advanced training of professional opera singers and repetiteurs is actual experience of working in situ with top-class opera companies.
Thanks to the generosity of Opera North, WNO and Scottish Opera, NOS trainees have the golden opportunity to engage with each company as part of our demanding training programme.
Our residencies have always been wonderfully productive; from musical and dramatic excellence under the guidance of top, international musicians and directors, including Richard Farnes, Elaine Kidd, Derek Clark and David Angus, to learning what constitutes professionalism when working for an international opera house.
The NOS are hugely grateful to the UK opera companies for their remarkable encouragement, support and investment in Britain's cultural future.'
NOS Director, Kathryn Harries
The National Opera Studio is grateful to The Ian Smith of Stornoway Legacy and The Scottish Opera Endowment Trust for their support of this residency.
National Opera Studio Director, Kathryn Harries will be hosting a concert in memory of Elizabeth Connell.
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