Apprentice Artist Program
SPONSORED BY FRANK R. BROWNELL III
Audition dates for the 2013 Season:
Baton Rouge, LA: September 22, 2012 (postmark deadline: September 10, 2012) Cincinnati, OH: October 19, 2012 (postmark deadline: October 1, 2012) Chicago, IL: October 26-27, 2012 (postmark deadline: October 5, 2012) New York, NY: October 29-November 3, 2012 (postmark deadline: October 5, 2012) Indianola, IA: December 17, 2012 (postmark deadline: November 16, 2012) Recorded auditions (postmark deadline: November 16, 2012)
Audition information for the Apprentice Artist Program:Apprentice Artist auditions are held in conjunction with Principal Artist auditions each year in various cities, as well as by recording. At least half of the audition period will be devoted to Apprentice Artist and OPERA Iowa auditions. As much as we would like to hear everyone who submits audition materials, it is seldom possible because of time considerations. An accompanist is provided by DMMO for all live auditions.
Recorded auditions:Candidates for the Apprentice Artist Program may submit a recorded audition in lieu of a live audition. All recordings will be heard. Compact discs are preferred.
Audition information for OPERA Iowa Touring Troupe:During fall auditions, Des Moines Metro Opera will also hear singers to complete the casting needs for OPERA Iowa, its highly successful traveling education troupe. The total group consists of six singers, a music director/pianist and a scenic technician, who rehearse for three weeks and then travel for ten weeks throughout Iowa and the surrounding states, performing in schools and on community concert series. All OPERA Iowa artists are offered positions with the Apprentice Artist Program for the summer of 2013.
The OPERA Iowa period of employment will run from January 4 - April 19, 2013. Compensation is competitive. Travel, housing and per diem while touring will be covered by Des Moines Metro Opera. Repertory will include fully staged productions of Donizetti's The Elixir of Love for community audiences and John Davies's The Three Little Pigs for elementary audiences. Performances are sung in English and accompanied by piano.
OPERA Iowa auditions will be heard in Chicago and New York.
$30 non-refundable application fee Current résumé 8x10 photograph For recorded audition only: CD is preferred or DVD. Include two arias of contrasting style. Non-U.S. citizens only: proof of right to work in the United States Completed application form
Des Moines Metro Opera will be using a YAP Tracker application for the Apprentice Artist and OPERA Iowa Programs this season. The application can be found here.
You do not need to be a paying subscriber to YAP Tracker to use the application form, although you will need an account (guest accounts are available; see the website for details). Registration can be completed at http://www.yaptracker.com/register.
A live audition is not guaranteed and a preliminary recording is not necessary if you wish to be considered for a live audition. All recordings submitted under the "recorded audition" category will be heard. Please contact us at 515-961-6221 with any questions about the application process.