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Opera Fairbanks Announces Open Auditions for their 2013 Season


Fairbanks, AK (November 19, 2012) Opera Fairbanks is holding auditions for their 2013 performing season. These auditions are open to all local adult singers and children ages 7 to 14. Singers are asked to phone Theresa Reed at 687-6930 to schedule an audition day and time. All singers should bring a prepared piece of music to sing. An accompanist will be provided. All roles are open for the April performances of The Velveteen Rabbit and for the October performances of Verdi and the Bard.  Principal roles have been cast for the July performances of Carmen, but some smaller roles and chorus member parts are still open. Appointments will be available on Friday, Dec. 7, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, Saturday, Dec. 8, 5:30 to 7:30 pm, and Sunday, Dec. 9, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.
All UAF music students are invited to a special audition time for the Opera Fairbanks Apprentice Program. Dr. John Hopkins of the UAF Music Department will audition singers at the Davis Concert Hall on Dec. 7, from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm. An accompanist will be provided.
The Velveteen Rabbit is a musical adaptation of the classic children’s tale that will enchant old and young alike. George Rydlinski will conduct the score composed by R. Martin, and the Fairbanks Youth Symphony orchestra will perform the music. Sung in English and fully staged, the audience will see the love of a boy who creates his own reality when he receives a velveteen rabbit for Christmas. As the Rabbit becomes shabbier, the boy loves him no matter what. The Velveteen Rabbit will include 15 children, ages 7 to 14 and two adults who will perform the roles of nanny/ magic fairy and the boy’s father. Performances dates are April 12, 13 and 14, 2013.
Carmen, one of the world’s most performed operas, is the story of a Spanish gypsy diva who is strong willed and does as she pleases, which often times gets her into big trouble. Other characters in the story include Corporal Don Jose` and a bull fighter, Escamillo, who both fall deeply in love with Carmen. Fairbanks’ hometown mezzo soprano, Vivica Genaux, an international star in her own right, returns to Fairbanks this summer to sing the title role. This will be Genaux’s United States debut of Carmen.
Carmen will include a large chorus of men and women all ages and children as young as ages 8 conducted by Maestro Gregory Buchalter and directed by Jonathon Loy, both of the New York Metropolitan Opera. Byron McGilvray will be the Chorus Master for Carmen, which will be sung in French with English subtitles. Performances dates are July 11 and 13, 2013.
Verdi and the Bard is an original selection of scenes from Verdi’s Shakespeare-based operas—Macbeth, Falstaff and Othello. Actors from Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre will perform the spoken scenes from the same material as the operas. The opera scenes will be performed with a full orchestra and conducted by Dr. John Hopkins of the UAF music Department. The performance dates are October 12 and 13, 2013.
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