AUDITION NOTICE; FEMALE CHORUS FOR PURGATORY
L’arietta Productions, the chamber opera company that brought you The Four Note Opera and OPERACALYPSE NOW!! is casting an all-female wordless chorus for Purgatory, an one act opera by Gordon Crosse, directed by Eleanor Tan. The performance will involve singing, acting and movement throughout this immersive experience.
Rehearsal: Aug-Oct 2017
Show dates: 27th October- 5th November
Show venue: The Theatre Practise
This is a paid production.
Interested actors should send their CV and headshot to email@example.com to secure an audition spot, the audition will be 15 minutes.
Call-backs will be held Saturday, June 3rd. 10:00-13:00.
Date: Saturday, 27th May 10:00-15:00
Venue: ALIWAL Arts Centre
1.One English aria or art song (Please bring your own accompanist or a minus-one)
2. A 1.5 - 2 minute movement piece to a piece of music of your choice, on the theme of being haunted by the ghosts of the past or a terrible family curse. This does NOT have to be a dance piece, it is to present the ability to physically convey a story and emotions. (Please bring your piece of music on a device that can be plugged into a speaker)
“Gordon Crosse's 1966 opera Purgatory is based on a 1938 play by Yeats that must be the most Beckettian piece of theater to appear before Beckett's own bleak existential dramas. The grim, stylized story of an Old Man who has murdered his father and now murders a Young Man, his son, inspires little empathy for its characters and makes a cold subject for an opera. Apart from the Old Man's feelings for his mother, the characters in the play seem to have little in the way of human emotions, and it ends with the Old Man dispassionately wiping his son's blood from his knife. Crosse for the most part maintains a chilly objectivity, but he softens the finale, creating an inappropriate illusion of resolution by ending the opera with music of elegiac loveliness, coming to rest on a melancholy major chord. Stylistically, his music is similar to Britten's, but more dissonant and disjunct… One of Crosse's most effective decisions is to use a wordless offstage chorus that ominously and atmospherically murmurs.” S. Eddins This production will incorporate a Peranakan flavor.
THANK YOU FOR A SUCCESSFUL SEASON!
The entire team at L'arietta would like to thank our composers, artists, musicians, crew, and most importantly to our audience for a wonderful season of comedy! This was our first full season, and we had a blast introducing 5 operas that had never been done in Singapore, and to bring a Singapore-made opera to a wider audience.
We promised to bring you small operas with big drama, and this past year, we hope that opera became a little bit more accessible, fun, and relevant. Keep your eyes open for a dramatically different season in 2017-2018, as we depart from comedy, and we dive deep down into drama!