Innovative competition for opera and classical singers

Innovative competition for opera and classical singers

ABOUT BY VOICE ALONE

THE COMPETITION

Welcome to By Voice Alone. In 2019 we held our inaugural classical vocal competition Opera: By Voice Alone. This ground-breaking competition sought to remove unconscious bias from the casting process to create an open and inclusive opportunity available to all. Our first-round live and recorded auditions were conducted fully blind with no CVs, names, experience, or any other influences other than the singers’ vocal performance being considered. We auditioned over 400 singers in the first round and 28 of these went on to our semi-final to sing in front of an incredible panel of casting representatives from the Royal Opera House, English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, Scottish Opera, Opera North and The Grange Festival along  with many other independent casting professionals, conductors, directors and producers. 

Our final took place at Kings Place London where 7 finalists had the opportunity to perform again for the competition jury and our audience and the possibility to win 6 financial awards. During this event we played a film about our competition and included interviews with our finalists.

You can see our competition winners here and a list of our finalists semi-finalists  here

 

As a result of our learnings during this competition, we are further exploring how we can create a performance platform and vocal competition that encourages inclusivity and therefore diversity within the art form. Later this year we will be forging ahead with our Oratorio and Song competition as we seek to explore further how we can create a performance platform and vocal competition that encourages inclusivity and therefore diversity within the art form. We also have plans for a new work that seeks to involve both professional and volunteer singers of all demographics collaborating together in one space – creating a chance to create an integrated community bringing people together, United: By Voice Alone. 

We can’t undertake this project single-handedly. For the large part, Audition Oracle heavily sponsored our inaugural competition. With this next project, we are looking to create something far greater and will need to secure a lot of funding that will not only help us to get singers in front of potential employers, but also to create a new work which will provide paid opportunities for the singers and generate a more involved audience to foster our goal of creating a community on and off stage. If you of your company would like to talk about a potential collaboration with By Voice Alone or would like to help our project in some way, please don’t hesitate to get in touch – info@auditionoracle.com.

To register your interest for our next competition Oratorio & Song: By Voice Alone and our project United: By Voice Alone, please sign up to our newsletter. 

Oratorio & Song: By Voice Alone – Applications will open later this year
The Three Stages

Blind Auditions

Auditionees will sing behind a screen: the panel judging By Voice Alone

We will also accept online applications (including sound files) from those not able to attend the live auditions

Panel Auditions

 

Singers will perform to the competition panel

Choral societies, conductors and other casting professionals will be invited to attend this stage

 

Competition Final

Oratorio & Song Prize winners are invited to perform and to receive their prizes at the Opera Competition Final

Blind Auditions

Auditionees will sing behind a screen: the panel judging By Voice Alone

We will also accept online applications (including sound files) from those not able to attend the live auditions

Panel Auditions

Singers will perform to the competition jury

Choral societies, conductors and other casting professionals will also be invited to attend this stage

Competition Final

Oratorio & Song Prize winners are invited to perform and to receive their prizes at the Opera Competition Final

Blind Auditions

Auditionees will sing behind a screen: the panel judging By Voice Alone

We will also accept online applications (including sound files) from those not able to attend the live auditions

Panel Auditions

 

Singers will perform to the competition panel

Choral societies, conductors and other casting professionals will be invited to attend this stage

 

Competition Final

Oratorio & Song Prize winners are invited to perform and to receive their prizes at the Opera Competition Final

MEET OUR

2019 OPERA: BY VOICE ALONE JURY

2nd and Final Round 

English National Opera – Michelle Williams
Opera North – Megan Nelson
Scottish Opera – Kathryn Joyce
The Grange Festival – Scott Cooper
The Royal Opera – David Gowland

1st Round Panel

Industry professionals recommended by members of the Jury

 

Industry Professionals in Attendance

Anonymous (First 2 Sessions) – Patron of the Arts
Bill Bankes-Jones – Tête à Tête
Stuart Barker – British Youth Opera
Gavin Carr (final session) – Conductor
Jeremy Gray (first two sessions) – Bampton Opera
Justin Lavender – Arcadian Opera
Hamish Mackay – The Opera Story
Alison Marshall – Arcadian Opera
Morag McLaren – Coopers Hall Foundation
Isabel Murphy (first two sessions) – Independent / Longborogh Opera
Stuart Pendred – Oxford Opera
Sarah Playfair – Independent casting consultant

 

SUPPORTED BY

AUDITION ORACLE

Audition Oracle is the leading castingbook for professional opera singers, classical artists and arts companies. The company is dedicated to helping singers find opportunities and establish long-term professional careers. The launch of this new competition is part of their ongoing commitment to bringing artists together with casting professionals. For more information please visit the company website:

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