2024 Rochester Audition Date: February date to be determined
PRE-SCREENING AND AUDITION REQUIREMENTS
Pre-screening: MM applicants in Opera Stage Directing must upload supporting materials with their application to demonstrate their experience in opera directing. If available, please include artwork and theatrical designs. Application materials are reviewed, along with the pre-screening recording, and selected applicants will be invited to interview/audition.
MM Opera Stage Directing audition requirements:
- Students will provide a portfolio of support material (resume, CV, video recordings of staged scenes or full productions, production photos or theatrical designs, etc.). Students must show a proficiency in music theory and music history consistent with an incoming voice student. Students whose area of study is not in music must demonstrate music proficiency and provide evidence of scholarly work in their chosen field. If a student is interested in receiving secondary voice lessons with a voice professor, they must upload an audition video for the voice faculty to review. This audition video should include three vocal selections in three languages (two from stage works).
- Direct students in an opera scene and dramatic coaching of an aria. The staging sessions will last for approximately ninety minutes, and the scene/aria(s) are chosen by the artistic director and music director of Eastman opera theatre. Singers in the scene will be prepared and selected from the Eastman School.
- Interview with the voice faculty, artistic director, associate artistic director and music director of the Opera Department.