Opportunity: The Opera Group Needs Performers 16-23yrs

A slightly different opportunity here – this one is for young performers looking to gain experience in a professional show. The Opera Group is a brilliant opera company, very dynamic and contemporary. And the partnership with the great London Sinfonietta, one of London’s leading orchestras, doubles the value! If you are successful in auditioning, not only will you get paid (bonus) but you’ll also have access to some serious creative brains as mentors. Sounds rather marvellous…

Project Name: Bow Down

Company/Organisation Name: The Opera Group

For Age Group: 16-23 yrs

Art Form: Musicians, Theatre, Spoken Word, Dance.

Level of Experience Required: Experience and skill required

Project Description/Aims: 

The Opera Group, in association with London Sinfonietta, is looking for musicians, actors, spoken word artists, dancers and singers aged 16-23 for our production Bow Down by Harrison Birtwistle and Tony Harrison. The nine performers will make up a diverse interdisciplinary ensemble that will work with The Opera Group’s production team and London Sinfonietta mentors for a national tour in Summer 2012.

Applicants will be selected to take part in a workshop in February in Central London. The session will be run by The Opera Group’s Artistic Director Frederic Wake-Walker and will include vocal work, music and movement.

Rehearsals for Bow Down will begin in April and will culminate in a national tour which will open at the Brighton Festival and include two performances at Latitude Festival.

The specific forces required: 2 oboists, 1 flautist, 1 percussionist, 5 actors – but all will be required to sing, play percussion and rudimentary wind instruments with varying skill requirements.

Project Dates and Times: 

Workshop: 4/5 Feb

Casting: week of 6 Feb

Induction session: Mid-March

Rehearsals: 23 April-16 May

Premiere: 17 May

Venue: The Opera Group is resident at Kings College London and works throughout the South East of England. Venue for auditions tbc. 

Cost to Participants: No cost to the participant as this is an audition process. Successful candidates will be paid – fee to be confirmed.

How to sign up/apply:  Send a short biography (up to 250 words) detailing your relevant experience and outlining what skills you could contribute to the workshop, with a headshot and links to michellethomas@theoperagroup.co.uk. No hard copies please.

Deadline: for applications 13 JANUARY 2012, successful applicants notified by 20 Jan 2012.

Website: www.theoperagroup.co.uk 

Twitter: @theoperagroup 

Facebook: The Opera Group