Since Aretha Franklin Has Hers…

May I make another recommendation for a Resident Artist program?

Underworld Productions Opera

I was a Resident Artist this past fall, and enjoyed my experience immensely. Here are some details about the Spring 2012 Resident Artist program (they especially would like to hear mezzos, tenors, and baritones):

Underworld Productions Opera, an award-winning and New York Times-praised company, announces auditions for the Spring 2012 Resident Artist (RA) program.

Lead roles in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale (Norina, Ernesto, Malatesta, and Pasquale) for four staged parks performances will be cast from Spring 2012 Resident Artists.

Spring 2012 semester offers:

▪ 30+ hours of coaching, mostly on Tuesday evenings, February through June 2012

▪ Core faculty: UP Artistic Director Gina Crusco and Manhattan School of Music pianist/coach Elizabeth Rodgers

▪ Workshops with guest coaches such as Cori Ellison, long-time NYCO dramaturg; Justine Chen, VOX-produced composer; Elena Araoz, NYCO stage director; and Peter Castaldi, Mannes Opera coach.

▪ Cover and comprimario roles and ensemble for mainstage performances May 14–25. ▪ Solo opportunities in parks concert with instruments June 18. ▪ Lead roles in 4 outdoor performances of Don Pasquale, June 25-30. Fee charged: $950.

Some scholarships are available.


Wednesday, January 18, 6-9 pm. $25 non-refundable fee. An accompanist is provided. Five pieces are required, and must include an aria in Italian, an aria in French or German, an art song, and a song or aria in English.

Please send your resume, photograph, and list of audition material to Gina Crusco, Artistic Director, at If selected you will be contacted with an audition time and notified of the location.


What to see in the Bay Area this Winter

Joshua Kosman, Chronicle Music Critic, gives Classical Music Highlights for the Bay Area for January-April 2012.

If you’ll be around, don’t miss Joyce DiDonato (Feb. 4, Herbst Theatre, San Francisco) joined by the Alexander String Quartet and composer-pianist Jake Heggie in the world premiere of Heggie’s “Camille Claudel: Into the Fire.”


Singers, give me your feedback on these recent posts:

Singing for Real

Acting for Real

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