A rare opportunity to work on the premiere of a brand new opera set in the unusual environment of a call centre manned by a garlic-phobic staff is on offer to young people aged between 14 and 25. This biting satire has been commissioned specially for Welsh National Youth Opera and will be performed in July 2007 at the Weston Studio, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay.
With Halloween looming, WNYO is looking for wannabee vampires to audition for the ensemble of 45 singers. Auditions will be held across Wales in December 2006, but early booking for a place is advised. The young people joining the ensemble will work in rehearsal with the composer Brian Irvine, who wrote the music for WNYO’s show The Tailor's Daughter (2005), librettist John Binias and other experienced theatre professionals.
“It’s an incredible experience and one that will be made even more special next year when we premiere a brand new opera, a piece of musical theatre that can best be described as Bram Stoker’s Dracula meets The Office,” explains Tim Rhys-Evans, WNYO’s Musical Director. “It promises to be a real thrill and challenge performing a piece of musical theatre never seen before.”
“And as a WNYO member, you also get to know the internationally renowned Welsh National Opera company who rehearse and perform in the awesome surroundings of WMC.”
Former members of WNYO have gone on to professional careers on the stage, including David Thaxton and Jon Robyns who are currently performing in the West End in Les Miserables and Avenue Q respectively, whilst Stephanie Corley has just sung the role of Musetta in Scottish Opera’s production of La bohème.
If you are interested in taking part in 2007, log onto WNO’s website www.wno.org.uk and click on WNO MAX where you can find further information and you can also download an audition application form. If you can’t access the internet, contact Jenn Hill on 029 20 63 5000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Auditions will take place in Carmarthen, Caernarfon, Aberystwyth and Cardiff in December 2006.
“Lucky the young singer or player that gets a chance to work with such a joyful crew and lucky the audience that catches a glimpse of such promising talent!”
(John Caird, Director of WNO’s epic production of Don Carlos)
| Welsh National Opera
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|Wednesday, October 25, 2006|