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Serial Opera Singer Application

2019 SERIAL OPERA - SINGER APPLICATION

 Below you’ll find the guidelines for the singer application to the Serial Opera Project for 2019.

Please review these carefully before applying! We look forward to learning about your work! Here’s a pdf of it all, too.

ENAensemble’s Serial Opera Project – Call for Singers

Introduction

The Serial Opera Project is a six-month long serialized opera performance, where each month the next scene is premiered in a public performance/workshop. The first scene, written by award winning author and poet Aleksandar Hut-Kono and ENAensemble Music Director Evan Kassof, will be premiered on March 5th in the Music Department of the Philadelphia Free Library. Each performance is scheduled for the first Tuesday of every month.

Project Outline

We are looking for singers to take on each scene and create – with the composer and librettist – their own operatic response to the score. ENAensemble will organize the singers and instrumentalists (usually, 2 singers, and 3-4 instrumentalists) who will perform the scene. Each singer, along with the composer/librettist team, will be brought into the development of the scene before theirs as a way of creating continuity between the scenes, although continuity is not a requisite of the works.

Timeline

This timeline represents the experience of Team 3, who will be developing the May 7th performance.

March 5th – Attend premiere of Scene 1, meet ENAensemble members and other composer/librettist teams.

March 6th – April 2nd – Follow along with developments and rehearsals of Team 2.  Start work on the libretto and musical ideas based on the Team 2 piece.

April 2nd – Attend premiere of Scene 2. Take over as lead composer/librettist for May 7th performance.

During this month, work with ENAensemble members to develop the theatrical components (specific props, costumes, etc.) Additionally, help bring the next composer/librettist team on-board and collaborate with them in the development of their scene.

April 4nd – SINGERS receive completed draft score (additional changes are welcome as we work together on putting the work on its feet, but a completed draft is required to do that).

May 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th – Workshop rehearsals with the cast and crew and participate in devising the production.

May 7th – The premiere.

Importantly, as detailed as this timeline is, the idea is that each team brings their own creative process to this project. That includes every kind of aesthetic, stylistic, etc. design one can imagine. The goal here is to serve the larger premise through dramatic, episodic interpretations. How you do that is up to you, and is why this project is designed the way it is. To these ends, we STRONGLY encourage writers, music makers, and singers who work in styles and genres not normally associated with “O”pera and who can bring new and diverse perspectives to consider applying. At the end of the project, ENAensemble will present all six scenes (with revisions as appropriate) as a continuous production during the 2019 Philadelphia Fringe Festival.

Eligibility

Everyone is eligible to apply, we ask however that you:

·         Attend the month before your premiere

·         Agree to strictly meet the deadlines given in the Timeline example above (And worked out specifically with each team)

·         Attend all of the rehearsals (the weekend before the performance)

·         Agree to participate in the promotion of their work and of the Serial Opera as a whole

Project Outcomes

Singers will do the following:

·         Work with ENAensemble and the composer/librettist team to create a ~10 minute –long operatic scene

·         Prepare the work for a live, public workshop-performance, including theatricalized elements

ENAensemble will do:

·         Workshop, rehearse, and perform the scene in a staged production at the Music Department of the Philadelphia Free Library.

·         Provide recordings of the workshops and performances

·         Work with you to help you develop your ideas, overcome obstacles, and create the best-possible work

Application Requirements

Singers should submit the following:

·         Answer some questions about experience with contemporary music (prompted in the online application form)

·         A resume

·         A repertoire list

·         2-3 recordings (audio or video), at least one of which being a piece in English written after 1975

·         Prepared to select dates you’re available (based on the calendar below). Singers must be available for the Take Over date (the episode premiere the month before your show), all of the rehearsal dates, and the concert date. Additionally, it is hoped that regular communication between the singer and the composer/librettist team is possible during the development of the work.


 

Event

Evan + Aleks

Event

Team 4

Start Date

Sunday, Jan 20

Start Date

Tuesday, Apr 02

Performance/Take-Over Day

N/A

Performance/Take-Over Day

Tuesday, May 07

Parts Due

Sunday, Feb 10

Parts Due

Thursday, May 09

Rehearsal 1

Friday, Mar 01

Rehearsal 1

Friday, May 31

Rehearsal 2

Saturday, Mar 02

Rehearsal 2

Saturday, Jun 01

Rehearsal 3

Sunday, Mar 03

Rehearsal 3

Sunday, Jun 02

Dress

Monday, Mar 04

Dress

Monday, Jun 03

Performance

Tuesday, Mar 05

Performance

Tuesday, Jun 04

Event

Michael + Traci

Event

Team 5

Start Date

Early February

Start Date

Tuesday, May 07

Performance/Take-Over Day

Tuesday, Mar 05

Performance/Take-Over Day

Tuesday, Jun 04

Parts Due

Thursday, Mar 07

Parts Due

Thursday, Jun 06

Rehearsal 1

Friday, Mar 29

Rehearsal 1

Friday, Jun 28

Rehearsal 2

Saturday, Mar 30

Rehearsal 2

Saturday, Jun 29

Rehearsal 3

Sunday, Mar 31

Rehearsal 3

Sunday, Jun 30

Dress

Monday, Apr 01

Dress

Monday, Jul 01

Performance

Tuesday, Apr 02

Performance

Tuesday, Jul 02

Event

Team 3

Event

Team 6

Start Date

Tuesday, Mar 05

Start Date

Tuesday, Jun 04

Performance/Take-Over Day

Tuesday, Apr 02

Performance/Take-Over Day

Tuesday, Jul 02

Parts Due

Thursday, Apr 04

Parts Due

Thursday, Jul 04

Rehearsal 1

Friday, May 03

Rehearsal 1

Friday, Aug 02

Rehearsal 2

Saturday, May 04

Rehearsal 2

Saturday, Aug 03

Rehearsal 3

Sunday, May 05

Rehearsal 3

Sunday, Aug 04

Dress

Monday, May 06

Dress

Monday, Aug 05

Performance

Tuesday, May 07

Performance

Tuesday, Aug 06

 


SINGER - APPLICATION FORM

Questions? Please email ENAensemble@gmail.com with serial opera in the subject line!