Program Information


July 19 - August 16, 2015

Austin, TX

Repertoire under consideration:

Susannah, The Barber of Seville, Madama Butterfly, The Pirates of Penzance, Eugene Onegin, Hansel & Gretel, The Magic Flute (2 performances each, single cast with covers)

Opera Scenes Showcases, Aria Extravaganza Concert, Opera Ambassadors Concert and more

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1. A FULL WEEK of musical rehearsal on opera, scene, and concert repertoire
2. A Housing Coordinator to aid out-of-town students in finding affordable lodging
3. Daytime Division Students have the opportunity to record video clips of up to 3 of their best audition arias and will receive a DVD with their clips.
4. New schedule with more classes and rehearsals

And more!


April 1, 2015 for live auditions
May 1, 2015 for YouTube or DVD auditions


Austin: March 21, April 14, April 16
Baylor University, Waco: March 19
Texas State University, San Marcos: April 16
YouTube and DVD auditions: accepted on an ongoing basis through May 1.
**Please note that we begin casting immediately after live auditions are concluded, so it is to your benefit to apply/audition early.


Spotlight on Opera offers two divisions to provide training and performance opportunities for singers with a variety of schedules.

DAYTIME DIVISION - weekly voice lessons, coachings, and classes including fitness, the Business of Singing, stage craft, auditions master classes, makeup, professional image, and more. Opportunities to perform concerts, opera scenes and full opera roles.

Rehearsals: M-Sat 10 a.m.- 10 p.m. There will be some Sunday performances and a floating day off each week.

Fee: $1500.00. Housing and Transportation not included.

AFTER FIVE DIVISION - Coach and rehearse opera scenes and full roles for performance; participate in Saturday morning master classes.

Rehearsals: MTWTHF 6-10 p.m., Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. There will be some Sunday performances and a floating day off each week. You may not be called every night or all night during this time; however you must be available. After Five Singers who have daytime availability may be asked to rehearse during the day.

Fee: $450.00. Housing and Transportation not included.


Aria Extravaganza Concert - one performance. A fun, informal concert in which each singer performs an aria. Usually held at the Whole Foods flagship store in downtown Austin.

Aria by Request - one performance. Our audience's favorite concert, in which they bid for particular pieces and/or singers from a menu of selections. Informal and sometimes even rowdy, but always fun!

Opera Ambassadors Concert - one performance. The season ender and the chance for singers to kick back, choose adventurous, cherished, fun, and sometimes even silly repertoire, and have a great time.

Opera Scenes Showcase - two to three performances. A selection of opera excerpts tailored to the abilities and interests of the performers. Singers are strongly encouraged to suggest repertoire they would like to perform.

Mainstage Operas - two performances each. We will select two full operas, or one full and two one acts, based on the singers who audition for the program, taking into consideration their abilities and interests. Repertoire under consideration includes but is not limited to:

Susannah, The Barber of Seville, Madama Butterfly, The Pirates of Penzance, Eugene Onegin, Hansel & Gretel,The Magic Flute
2 performances each, single cast with covers, with piano.

In order to give our singers the best, most valuable experience, we do not finalize our opera or scene selections until we know what talent is available. If we do not have the means to produce one of the listed operas, we may choose an unlisted option. Singers are strongly encouraged to request specific roles and repertoire they would like to perform.


Spotlight on Opera welcomes out of town singers. While all Spotlight singers are responsible for their own housing and transportation, we do have a Housing Coordinator to help you.


Spotlight on Opera offers the following scholarship/work study positions:

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 $1500 value). If you would like to be considered for the Production Assistant position, please contact General Director Cindy Sadler at Please include a resume, bio, high resolution headshot, references, and a short cover letter. You will need to audition in person or via YouTube or DVD and complete an in-person interview.

Guest Artist: guest artists are generally young professionals who may or may not have completed Young Artist Programs or sung their first professional gigs. Pending audition, 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 Please include a resume, bio, high resolution headshot, references, and a short cover letter. You will need to audition in person or via YouTube or DVD.


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SUSANNAH by Carlisle Floyd
Susannah Polk - soprano
Sam Polk - tenor
Olin Blitch - bass-baritone
Little Bat McLean - tenor
Elder McLean - baritone
Elder Gleaton - tenor
Elder Hayes - tenor
Elder Ott - baritone
Mrs. McLean - mezzo-soprano
Mrs. Gleaton - soprano
Mrs. Hayes - soprano
Mrs. Ott - contralto
CHORUS of townspeople

Rosina - lyric mezzo-soprano or soprano
Count Almaviva - tenor
Figaro- baritone
Bartolo - bass-baritone
Bertha- mezzo or soprano
Basilio - bass
Fiorello - baritone
Ambrogio- baritone
Chorus: TB

Butterfly - soprano
Pinkerton - tenor
Sharpless - baritone
Goro - character tenor
Suzuki - mezzo
Yamadori- baritone
The Bonze- bass-baritone or bass
Kate Pinkerton - mezzo
The Imperial Commissioner - baritone
The Imperial Registrat - baritone or bass
Butterfly's mother - mezzo
Butterfly's aunt - soprano
Butterfly's cousin- soprano
Butterfly's uncle - baritone or bass
Chorus- SATB

Mabel - coloratura soprano
Ruth - mezzo or contralto
Kate - soprano
Edith- mezzo
Frederick - tenor
The Pirate King - baritone or bass-baritone
Major General Stanley - baritone
Samuel - baritone
Police Chief- bass or bass-baritone
Mabels sisters - mezzos and sopranos
Pirates - tenors and basses
Bobbies - basses
Note: The chorus is really a character in this operetta; these roles should be considered comprimario roles with highly developed individual characters.

Tatiana- soprano
Olga- mezzo-soprano
Madame Larina- mezzo-soprano
Filipyevna- contralto
Onegin- baritone
Lensky- tenor
Prince Gremin - bass
Company Commander - baritone or bass- baritone
Zaretsky - baritone or bass-baritone
Triquet - tenor
Guillot- silent
Chorus- SATB

Hansel - mezzo-soprano
Gretl- soprano
Witch- mezzo-soprano or tenor
Peter (father) - baritone
Gertrud (mother)- mezzo-soprano
Sandman - soprano
Dew Fairy- soprano
Chorus --sopranos and altos

Pamina - soprano
The Queen of the Night - soprano
Papagena- soprano
First Lady- soprano
Second Lady- mezzo or soprano
Third Lady- mezzo or contralto
Tamino- tenor
Papageno- baritone
Sarastro- bass
Monostatos- tenor
Speaker - bass baritone
First Armored Man- tenor
Second Armored Man- baritone
First Spirit- soprano
Second Spirit- soprano or mezzo
Third Spirit- mezzo
Three Slaves - two tenors and a baritone


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