Announcing Opera Chorus Auditions!
Now Accepting Video Submissions!
Hubbard Hall in Cambridge, NY is looking to cast an opera chorus (all voice parts) for Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore, to be produced in August 2017. This first round of auditions will be held online and videos/video links may be submitted via email by Friday, May 5.
If interested in auditioning, please send headshot, performance resume, and video or videolink to Kate Johnson at email@example.com with “Opera Chorus Audition” as the subject. Your song should be in Italian, bel canto is not required but preferred, and accompanied if at all possible.
Chorus rehearsals would begin the evenings of July 26 and 27 from 6-10 pm; other rehearsal dates to be determined based on availability. The opera runs August 11th – 20th. Returning to the Hall are favorites Maria Sensi Sellner as conductor and Andrew Nienaber to direct the production. We can provide travel reimbursement to you for rehearsals and performances, at the nonprofit mileage rate, up to $150. Local applicants only, please.
Chorus will be REQUIRED to be at:
7/26 – 6pm-10pm
7/27 – 6pm-10pm
8/6 – WANDEL – 2:30-5:30 pm
8/7 – Orchestra Dress – 7-10 pm
8/8 – Piano Tech – 6-10 pm
8/9 – PWYW – 7 pm
8/11 – Perf 1
8/12 – Perf 2
8/16 – Perf 3
8/18 – Perf 4
8/20 – Perf 5
The rest of the POTENTIAL REHEARSAL TIMES are below (you would not be called for ALL of these days). We realize many of you work during the day and may have other conflicts we may be able to work around. Please peruse the following dates & times and, if interested in submitting an audition video, please include all conflicts so we can shape our rehearsal calendar accordingly.
Opera Calendar Potential Rehearsals
7/28 – 5:30-10:30pm
7/29 – 6-10pm
7/30 – 6-10pm
7/31 – 1:30-4:30 or 5:30-9:30pm
8/1 – 1:30-4:30 or 5:30-9:30pm
8/2 – 1:30-4:30 or 5:30-9:30pm
8/3 – 1:30-4:30 or 5:30-9:30pm
8/4 – 1:30-4:30 or 5:30-9:30pm
About the Opera:
(The elixir of love)
Directed by: Andrew Nienaber
Conducted by: Maria Sensi Sellner
Wednesday, August 9 at 7pm (Final Dress/PWYW)
Friday, August 11 at 7pm Opening Night
Saturday, August 12 at 7pm
Wednesday, August 16 at 7pm
Friday, August 18 at 7pm
Sunday, August 20 at 2pm
Hubbard Hall is thrilled to welcome back Director Andrew Nienaber (who previously directed The Barber of Seville at Hubbard Hall) and Conductor Maria Sensi Sellner (who previously conducted Rigoletto, La Traviata, and The Barber of Seville at Hubbard Hall). Other familiar faces to this year’s opera include Christopher Lucier as Nemorino (previously seen as The Duke in Rigoletto and Alfredo in La Traviata), Patrick McNally (previously seen as Figaro in The Barber of Seville and Zuniga in Carmen) and Andrew Adelsberger (last seen at Hubbard in the title role of Gianni Schicchi and as Bartolo in The Barber of Seville).
Andrew has directed versions of Semele, The Tender Land, and Florencia en el Amazonas for Palm Beach Opera as well as numerous scenes programs and outreach shows.He was the stage director for Opera Pacific’s acclaimed Opera Camp, an educational program for eight- to eighteen-year-olds culminating in a fully-supported performance with orchestra. Productions he staged for Opera Camp included the world premiere of Das Püppet and the United States premiere of The Star Child, for which he wrote the English libretto. Also at Opera Pacific, he directed the Opera in the Raw productions of The Elixir of Love and La Traviata, and wrote and directed the touring educational show Fun With Opera!. Andrew also served as the Assistant Director and resident stage director of the Opera Conservatory at the Orange County High School of the Arts, the only high school-level program recognized by Opera America.
Maria Sensi Sellner is recognized for her versatility as a conductor of opera, orchestras, and choruses. Praised for leading with “flexible assurance” (The Cleveland Plain Dealer) and “authority” (Pittsburgh Tribune Review), her performances have been described as “sterling” (The Boston Globe), “adept” (Schenectady Daily Gazette), and “nothing short of incredible” (Berkshire on Stage). The first three-time winner of the American Prize for Opera Conducting, she is the founder and Artistic Director of Resonance Works | Pittsburgh, and previously held positions as Director of the Akron Symphony Chorus, and Acting Music Director and Associate Conductor of the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh (chorus of choice of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra).