Princess Ida; or Castle Adamant AUDITIONS - Grosvenor Light Opera Company
back... | full UK list | edit/update | audition posted on: 12 Jan 2018
PRODUCTION DETAILS:
Princess Ida; or Castle Adamant
Gilbert & Sullivan
production genre: Opera
region: Greater London | society: Grosvenor Light Opera Company (directory) | performance venue: Bridewell Theatre, London
production dates: 30 May 2018 - 02 Jun 2018

AUDITION DETAILS:
who can audition?:
Open auditions
audition contact:
Laura Burgoyne
when?:
31 Jan 2018 - 18:30
phone:
07841480570 |
03 Feb 2018 - 10:30
email:
-
website:
where?:
Bridewell Theatre, London
description:

Grosvenor Light Opera Company are actively recruiting principals and chorus for their upcoming production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s Princess Ida. Rehearsals take place on Wednesday nights (and the occasional Sunday) in central London, starting at the beginning of February. Performances will take place from 30 May to 02 June 2018 at the Bridewell Theatre and the production will transfer to the Harrogate G&S Festival in August [dates?].

Our fully staged productions with orchestra offer an excellent platform for young professional singers looking to develop their performing experience.

Auditions will last around ten minutes consist of a song of the candidate’s own choice and an extract of spoke libretto, followed by a brief chat. Songs suggested below are for guidance only – candidates should feel free to choose any appropriate piece that shows them off to the best of their ability. In the interests of time, however, please select a section of around 2 minutes in duration.


CAST DETAILS:
Hildebrand
Male
Large Role

Hildebrand – baritone (Bb2 – F4)
Excellent diction required but still very much a lyric rather than patter role.
Audition song: Act 2 Finale “Some years ago No doubt you know” (either verse)

Hilarion
Male

Hilarion - lyric tenor (B2 – Bb4)
Audition song: Act 2 Finale “Whom thou hast chain’d”

This role includes extensive ensemble singing and require excellent musicianship. 

Cyril
Male
Large Role

Cyril - light lyric tenor (C3 – A4)
Comic role but requires lyric singing. Ideally a lighter and higher than voice Hilarion, however we could work around this.
Audition song: Act 2 “Would you know the kind of maid” (either verse)

This role includes extensive ensemble singing and require excellent musicianship. In the score, Cyril is the higher of the two tenors, however this can be adapted depending on casting.

Florian
Male
Large Role

Florian - lyric baritone (Ab2 – F4)
Audition song: Act 2 “I am a maiden” (verse 3)

This role includes extensive ensemble singing and require excellent musicianship. 

Gama
Male
Large Role

Gama - comic baritone (B2 – E4)
Audition song: Act 1 “If you give me your attention” (any verse)

Arac, Guron, Scynthius
Male
Large Role

Arac, Guron, Scynthius - bass baritone (F2 – E4)
In the score Arac takes the lion’s share of the solo writing, however this is occasionally divided between the three. Solo passages are qasi-handelian, requiring a good top and decent agility.
Audition song: Act 3 “This helmet I suppose” (verses 3 and 4)

Princess Ida
Female
Large Role

Princess Ida - dramatic soprano (D4 – Bb5)
Note: Ida is less florid than many other G&S soprano roles, instead demanding a fuller sound.
Audition song: Act 2 “Minerva/Oh, goddess wise”

Lady Blanche
Female
Large Role

Lady Blanche - contralto or mezzo (G3 – E5)
Audition song: Act 2 “Now wouldn’t you like to rule the roost” (either verse)

Lady Psyche
Female
Large Role

Lady Psyche - soprano or high mezzo (C4 – Ab5)
Audition song: Act 2 “A Lady fair” (any verse)

Note: ensemble lines in “The woman of the wisest wit” can be swapped depending on casting.

Melisa
Female
Large Role

Melisa - mezzo soprano or soprano (C4 – Eb5[G5])
The part has a fairly small range and can be done by any voice, but it needs a youthful quality.
Audition song: Act 2 “Now wouldn’t you like to rule the roost” (either verse)

Note: ensemble lines in “The woman of the wisest wit” can be swapped depending on casting.