SPOTLIGHT ON OPERA 7th SUMMER SEASON
Spotlight's 7th Summer Season will take place Sunday, August 4 through Sunday, September 1, 2013. Live auditions will be held in Austin, TX on June 1 & 2, 2013. YouTube and DVD auditions are accepted on an ongoing basis. Applications are now being accepted. To request an audition, please complete and return an application. You will be contacted with an audition time or further information.
Spotlight on Opera offers three divisions to provide training and performance opportunities for singers with a variety of schedules.
Our Daytime Division is for singers who want intensive training as well as performance opportunities, and can commit to a fulltime schedule.
Our After Five Division is for singers who have day jobs or who don't wish to participate in classes, voice lessons, and coachings.
Our Choral Division is for singers who are interested in singing opera but can't commit to our regular rehearsal schedule. Participation in the Choral Division is free!
Spotlight Summer 2013
DATES: August 4 - September 1, 2013
Spotlight on Opera is an intensive four weeks of training and rehearsals designed to give you maximum performing experience as well as special training. Depending on which level of participation you choose --- Daytime Division or After Five Division, you will participate in daily classes, coachings, lessons, and rehearsals; or only rehearsals and Saturday morning master classes.
Opera Scenes Showcase I & II; Season Preview Concert; the Song Cafe staged art song program; the Opera Ambassadors Concert; two fully staged operas with piano; and possibly a one-act opera. Each production receives two performances EXCEPT Aria Extravaganza and Opera Ambassadors.
Repertoire is TBD; upon application singers are encouraged suggest scenes, full operas, and other repertoire they would like to perform. Operas under consideration include Tosca, The Rape of Lucretia, The Abduction from the Seraglio, L'elisir d'amore, Eugene Onegin, and The Ballad of Baby Doe.
The Daytime Opera rehearses between the hours of 1-5 weekdays and on Saturdays. Casting is open to any singer (Daytime Division or After Five) who is available to rehearse during these hours.
The After Five Opera rehearses exclusively between 6-10 p.m. on weeknights and during the day on Saturdays. Casting is open to any singer (Daytime Division or After Five) who is available to rehearse during these hours.
We can accommodate a small number of absences from rehearsal if absolutely necessary, as long as they are stated well in advance. Singers should make every effort to be present at all called rehearsals. However, every singer must be present for ALL dress rehearsals, without exception. Singers who do not appear at dress rehearsals do not perform.
After Five Division: Rehearsals MTWTHF 6-10 p.m., Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. (Performances will run later). There will be one Sunday matinee, on September 1. You may not be called every night or all night during this time; however you must be available.
Singers will coach and rehearse opera scenes and full roles for performance, and may attend Saturday morning master classes.
Fee: $400.00. Housing and Transportation not included
Daytime Division: Classes and rehearsals MTWTHF 10 a.m. � 10 p.m., Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. (Performances will run later). There will be one Sunday matinee, on September 1.
Singers receive weekly voice lessons, coachings, and classes including fitness, the Business of Singing, stage craft, auditions master classes, makeup, professional image, and more. They also rehearse and perform opera scenes and full opera roles.
Fee: $1400.00. Housing and Transportation not included.
HOUSING AND TRANSPORTATION:
Spotlight on Opera welcomes out of town singers, but unfortunately we cannot provide housing or transportation. It is the singer�s sole responsibility to find their own housing and get to all rehearsals, performances, classes, and activities. We do send out an email to our membership, some of whom may have rooms to let and have rented to out of town singers in the past. Making any further connection is the sole responsibility of the singer and Spotlight takes no responsibility for the arrangements.
After Five: $400.00
Daytime Division: $1400.00
Choral Division: FREE
A la carte classes (open to After Five or Chorus Division): $30 each, subject to faculty approval.
SCHOLARSHIPS AND WORK STUDY:
Spotlight on Opera does not traditionally offer scholarships. However, we do have the following positions available:
- Production Assistant: this is a work study position for a singer who will essentially act as an assistant to the General Director and work in a variety of capacities, from administrative tasks to errand running to front of house duties. The PA must have his or her own car and be regularly available for duty throughout the session, but will have ample time to sing and participate fully in the program. In lieu of a salary, the PA receives full tuition for the Daytime Division (a $1400 value). If you would like to be considered for the Production Assistant position, please contact General Director Cindy Sadler at Cindy@SpotlightOnOpera.com. Please include a resume, bio, high resolution headshot, references, and a short cover letter.
- Guest Artist: guest artists are generally young professionals who may or may not have completed Young Artist Programs or sung their first professional gigs. They are awarded major roles in full operas and scenes and are invited to participate in the Daytime Division at their discretion. They receive coachings, voice lessons, classes, and performance opportunities in lieu of a fee. Guest Artists are responsible for their own housing and transportation. Guest Artist positions are extremely limited and offered on a basis of Spotlight's requirements for the summer. If you would like to be considered for a Guest Artist position, please contact General Director Cindy Sadler at Cindy@SpotlightOnOpera.com. Please include a resume, bio, high resolution headshot, references, and a short cover letter.
Auditions for the 7th Summer Season of Spotlight on Opera will be held on June 1 & 2, in Austin, TX. Auditions via DVD and YouTube are also accepted and may be sent at any time. To apply, please fill out an application and email it to Cindy@SpotlightOnOpera.com.
Questions? Need more information? Email Cindy@SpotlightOnOpera.com
The Choral Division is open to singers aged 15 and up by audition. Participation is free. Choral Division singers may audit master classes and any rehearsals; and sing in both opera performances. Available, interested singers may also be asked to sing chorus in the scenes programs. As the 7th Summer Season approaches, more information will be posted.
Questions? Need more information? Email Cindy@SpotlightOnOpera.com
In the fall and spring, Spotlight on Opera operates as Austin's own community opera troupe. We produce concerts, scenes programs, and one acts.
Spotlight on Opera continues to evolve in the hopes of providing the best possible experience to our artists. Our mission is to provide both career track singers and dedicated hobbyists with the best performance experience and instruction in all aspects of opera production and the business of opera, through master classes, special topics, and performances in a supportive, fun, positive environment.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?
Spotlight on Opera is pleased to invite singers aged 15 and up to participate. All singers must read music and be capable of learning and memorizing opera scores on their own. Spotlight is an intense experience, and while we are here to help you in a positive and fun environment, we take preparation very seriously. Singers must arrive at the the first rehearsal with their music memorized. Unprepared singers do not perform with Spotlight on Opera.
All Spotlight members are expected to take part in crew activities. You will be asked to volunteer for any one of several crews, including Production, Publicity, Admin, Wardrobe, or Props. All Spotlight singers participate in set/strike for productions.
It is possible to participate only in select Spotlight productions throughout the year. Please speak to General Director Cindy Sadler.
REHEARSALS AND MEETINGS
During the Fall/Spring season, Spotlight meets regularly on Mondays from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. at the Bachus Conservatory Recital Hall, 8000 Anderson Square. During Production Week (the week immediately preceding performances) we meet every night from 6-9 and may also meet on weekends. The performance and rehearsal schedule is published well in advance and singers are expected to be present and on time for all Production Week rehearsals. Rehearsal and performance locations during Production Week may vary.
Spotlight on Opera does not currently receive any grants or financial sponsorship. In the fall/spring season, rather than pay tuition or dues, Spotlight members fundraise and sell tickets to cover operating costs. Members who don�t wish to participate in fundraising have an option to pay a share. Any costs not covered by the fundraising are divided among the members at the end of each semester. All members must participate in ticket sales. We are grateful for sponsorship in the form of rehearsal and performance space donated by the Bachus Conservatory.
Applications for participation in Spotlight on Opera's Fall 2013 Season will be accepted beginning Sunday, September 1, 2013. To be considered, please email director Cindy Sadler with the following information:
1. Name and voice type
2. Address, phone number, email address
3. A bio in the following format EXACTLY -
Top 3-5 credits listed as follows: Dorabella, Cosi fan tutte, Texas State University
Mezzo soloist, Messiah, Tarrytown United Methodist Church of Austin
Hansel, Hansel & Gretl, Opera in the Ozarks
4. A list of specific roles, scenes, arias, etc. that you are interested in performing with Spotlight. Please be specific and do NOT list "anything by Mozart", etc.
5. Any currently known conflicts or commitments between September-January which could affect your availability for rehearsals and performances.
6. Resume (in Word or PDF format) and headshot sized for email.
If accepted for an audition, you will be contacted with an audition time and instructions.
Singers are always encouraged to request repertoire they would like to perform. Productions may include:
Aria by Request --- a fun concert concept and great audience favorite. Patrons chose repertoire from a menu and designed their own concert -- different every night!
Opera Scenes Showcases --- sometimes sometimes chosen around a theme, such as Fright Night (last season's wonderful Halloween-themed show), contemporary opera, or a particular composer.
Sing to Love Valentine's Day Concert --- includes a special performance at the Gallery at Chez Zee, featuring delicious desserts and hors d'oeuvres.
Spring Opera Production --- repertoire TBD. Always a full production which may include a series of one acts, a single production of a longer opera, or a set of acts from three different operas.
Repertoire is subject to change, pending auditions.