Opera Studies

Opera Theatre

Opera Theatre Auditions are:

  • August 30, 31 and September 1, in the Playhouse

Who may audition:

  • sopranos: grads, seniors, juniors
  • mezzos: grads, seniors, juniors
  • tenors: grads, seniors, juniors, sophomores
  • basses: grads, seniors, juniors, sophomores

How do I sign up?
Sign-up sheets will be on the Opera Theatre bulletin board beginning September 1. The audition forms [also found on the bulletin board] must be picked up and filled out BEFORE the audition.

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Opera Workshop

Opera Workshop Auditions
Please be reminded that Opera Workshop is by-audition-only

Auditions will be held Tuesday, September 3rd, prior to Convocation, from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. in Talbott 4/5. 

Additional times will be added from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., should they be required.  Please sign up for the afternoon times, if at all possible.

Sign up to Audition AND Download an Audition Form (.pdf)
To audtion you must sign up and fill out the audition form. 


About the Workshop

The Opera Workshop is a wonderful opportunity for you to acquire and hone the skill-sets that equip you for the demands of a performance in a full role.  A technical process for preparing, exploring, and ultimately performing is mentored throughout the semester.  The course culminates in a performance.  Scene choices are based upon your needs and interests!  Recent performances have included scenes from:

L’Incoronazion di Poppea; Alcina; Giulio Cesare; Idomeneo; Le Nozze di Figaro; Die Entfühurung aus dem Serail; Don Giovanni; La Cenerentola; Lucia di Lammermoor; L’Elisir d’Amore; Il Barbiere di Siviglia; La Bohème; La Rondine; Madama Butterfly; L’Amico Fritz; La Traviata; Manon; Carmen; Les Contes d’Hoffman; L Pêcheurs de Perles; Cendrillon; Les Mamelles de Tirésias; Pélléas et Mélisande; Dialogues des Carmélites; Hänsel und Gretel; Rusalka; Cunning Little Vixen; Die Tote Stadt; Der Rosenkavalier; Arabella; A Midsummer Night’s Dream; A Rake’s Progress; Lulu; Candide; Little Women; and others… 

What to Expect at the Audition
Please be prepared to present 2 contrasting arias.  You will be allowed to present your first choice.  The instructors may or may not ask for a section of the contrasting piece.  Each audition slot will be brief, so we ask you to choose arias that are no longer than 3 -- 4 minutes.  

All graduate students, and all undergraduate students who have successfully completed the Level II voice test, are encouraged to audition!   Please be advised, however, that the course will require that you learn and memorize music quickly.  You are strongly encouraged to discuss your readiness for participation in this course with your primary voice teacher. 

NB: You are responsible for arranging your pianist for this audition.  Please arrive at least 10 minutes prior to your audition time.  There is a detailed form that must be filled out.

Graduate Collaborative Pianists are also encouraged to audition!  You will be auditioning to take this important course alongside the singers.  You will be assigned scenes to coach and perform, and possibly conduct!  It’s a great opportunity! 

Simply sign up for one of the audition slots and choose two contrasting arias to play.  Should you be accompanying any 4 of the singers auditioning, the solo audition will be waived.

The Opera Workshop is co-directed by Professors Nova Thomas and William Hobbs

Questions about the Workshop?
Contact Nova Thomas at nthomas@rider.edu