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Following the unprecedented success of Opera Queensland’s Project Puccini in 2014, we’re thrilled to embark on this new adventure to bring opera to all Queenslanders.

For Project Rossini, around 250 Queenslanders will learn to sing opera, dance the fandango and perform in a new international touring production of Gioachino Rossini’sThe Barber of Seville. Aspiring performers from eight communities – Gold Coast, Fraser Coast (Maryborough), Rockhampton, Gladstone, Mackay, Townsville, Cairns and Toowoomba will have the opportunity to audition for a coveted spot.

Want to sing with OperaQ? REGISTER NOW at www.operaq.com.au/whats-on/project-rossini/

PLEASE NOTE: ALL REGISTRANTS MUST BE 16 YEARS AND OVER AT THE TIME OF THEIR AUDITION

#PROJECTROSSINI AUDITION SCHEDULE

 DATE LOCATION VENUE
Tuesday 1 March Townsville Townsville Civic Theatre
Wednesday 2 March Townsville Townsville Civic Theatre
Thursday 3 March Mackay Mackay Entertainment Convention Centre
Friday 4 March Mackay Mackay Entertainment Convention Centre
Monday 7 March Maryborough Brolga Theatre
Tuesday 8 March Maryborough Brolga Theatre
Tuesday 15 March Cairns Tanks Arts Centre
Wednesday 16 March Cairns Tanks Arts Centre
Thursday 31 March Rockhampton Walter Reid Cultural Centre
Friday 1 April Rockhampton Walter Reid Cultural Centre
Wednesday 13 April Gold Coast TACGC Arts Theatre
Thursday 14 April Gold Coast TACGC Arts Theatre
Monday 18 April Gladstone Gladstone Entertainment Centre
Tuesday 19 April Gladstone Gladstone Entertainment Centre
Wednesday 27 April Toowoomba Empire Church Theatre
Thursday 28 April Toowoomba Empire Church Theatre

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  1. Can anyone get involved, even if you’ve never sung before? Prior solo or choral experience or training is an advantage but not obligatory. So if you’re a great bathroom baritone or shower soprano and want to try singing in a chorus, you’re very welcome to come along and give it a go in front of our friendly audition panel.
  2. How many people will make it through auditions to be part of the final chorus? 30 adults. Auditionees must be 16 years of age at the time of their audition.
  3. What do I have to prepare for the audition? Bring one song of your own choice (Italian optional), of which we expect to hear a maximum of three minutes duration. Shorter songs are preferred if possible. Complex or lengthy arias are not necessary for this audition.
  4. Will a pianist be available at my audition? Yes. Please bring a copy of your chosen audition piece which should be marked up with any cuts, repeats, pauses or breaths and in the key you will be singing. For this audition, transposing on the day is not possible. If your music has more than two or three pages, loose sheets are not acceptable – please glue into a scrapbook or place in a folder. You will have the opportunity to show the pianist your music and briefly discuss tempo, repeats etc before your audition.
  5. Can we use a backing track? Certainly, whatever you’re most comfortable with. Please bring your backing track on a USB, CD or smart phone with an appropriate lead (to connect with a laptop).
  6. Can I sing unaccompanied at the audition? Yes
  7. Can I accompany myself on guitar (etc)? Yes, you certainly can.
  8. I only have a simple folk song – is that suitable for an opera audition? Yes, sing whatever makes you most comfortable, including folk songs, ballads, oratorio and art songs. Very contemporary styles such as “belting” or musicals, rock or songs that sound best with a microphone, may not be as useful as a more classical style of song. If you can’t think of anything you know, try a song such as “Amazing Grace”, “Danny Boy” or even “Advance Australia Fair” – they are all perfectly fine choices.
  9. Can I hold the words or sheet music while I audition? Yes, certainly.
  10. I’d prefer to audition with a friend as I normally don’t sing solo. Is this allowed? Yes, if you feel more comfortable we can hear two people at one time singing the same piece.
  11. What else might happen at the audition? If the panel needs to know more about your upper or lower range they may ask you to sing along a scale with the piano.
  12. I live halfway between (e.g.) Rockhampton and Gladstone. Can I audition in one place and be considered for either show? Yes. If possible try to do your audition in the centre in which you would prefer to rehearse/perform.
  13. What happens if I’m away or can’t audition on the dates shown? Let us know and we’ll get you to send us a recording instead.
  14. I’m away for the audition dates in (e.g.) Rockhampton, but I’ll be in Townsville at the time of auditions. Can I do my audition there instead of sending a recording? Absolutely, this is fine.

CLICK HERE for more information and tickets for The Barber of Seville TOURFor more information about The Barber of Seville BRISBANE season CLICK HERE.
#OperaQ #FollowTheBarber #ProjectRossini

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