Innovative competition for opera and classical singers

Innovative competition for opera and classical singers

Opera: by Voice Alone
The Three Stages

Blind Auditions

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

We will also accept recordings

No CVs or names will be given to the jury. No bias. No barriers.

Panel Auditions

 

Singers will perform to the competition jury

Opera companies, conductors, agents, directors and other casting professionals will also be invited to attend this stage

 

Competition Final

5 – 8 singers will take part in a finalist concert in front of the competition jury and an invited audience – culminating in the announcement of the winners and prize giving for both competitions

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

Opera companies, conductors, agents, directors and other casting professionals will also be invited to attend this stage

Competition Final

 

The final 8-10 singers will take part in a finalist concert in front of the competition jury and an invited audience – culminating in the announcement of the winners and prize giving for both competitions

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

Opera companies, conductors, agents, directors and other casting professionals will be invited to attend this stage

 

Competition Final

 

The final 8-10 singers will take part in a finalist concert in front of the competition panel and an invited audience – culminating in the announcement of the winners and prize giving for both competitions

Requirements:

  • Round 1: Blind Audition – Prepare three contrasting arias
  • Round 2: Jury & Panel audition – Prepare three contrasting arias from memory. These should include the aria you presented at round one. You may select your first aria. The jury will decide if further repertoire will be heard
  • Round 3: Competition Final – A programme of ten minutes per singer. At least one aria should be different from those sung in Round 2

Auditions are scheduled as follows:

  • Round One: Blind Audition
    • Saturday 16th, Sunday 17th, Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th March 2019, National Opera Studio, Wandsworth (full)
    • Wednesday 27th (limited spaces available) and Thursday 28th March (spaces available), Craxton Studios
    • Further dates may be added – please enquire
  • Round Two: Jury & Panel Audition – Wednesday 1st May 2019, National Opera Studio, Wandsworth.
  • Round 3: Competition Final – 7.30pm Monday 20th May 2019, Kings Place, London

Applications

Make sure you are ready to apply as auditions will be allocated in the order applications are received. All applications will be processed via www.auditionoracle.com. You do not need to be a premium member which unlike the basic account has membership requirements. Please register your free basic account or sign in to your existing account to ensure that you are correctly set up for when applications open. Please also read the Competition Rules and Guidance.

The closing date for applications is midnight Thursday 28th February 2019 for the live auditions and midnight Sunday 31st March for recorded submissions

**If the volume of applications reaches a certain number before the closing date given above, By Voice Alone reserves the right to close applications early – early application is recommended**

THE AWARDS

PRIZES

Prizes for Opera: By Voice Alone are offered as follows:

  • First prize £2,000
  • Second prize £750
  • Audience Prize £750
  • Emerging Artist £500
  • Raw Talent Encouragement Award 2 x £500

Should sponsorship allow, we hope to be able to offer larger financial awards and additional prizes/opportunities – prizes are subject to change and are awarded at the discretion of the jury.

Oratorio & Song: By Voice Alone
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

JURY

Opera: By Voice Alone

Competition Jury:

David Gowland (ROH)
Michelle Williams (ENO)
Kathryn Joyce (WNO)
Sarah-Jane Davies (Scottish Opera)
Scott Cooper (The Grange Festival)

Oratorio & Song: By Voice Alone

Panel includes:

Roderick Williams
David Clegg
Alice Farnham

First round panellists will be respected industry professionals nominated by the second and third round panellists.

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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