Audition Call - Did I Just Say That? Soprano
This audition will be held in person following current public health guidelines.
CALL: We are seeking 1 soprano to record the soundtrack for the animated film adaptation of Did I Just Say That? a new chamber operetta by Katerina Gimon & Valerie Sing Turner.
AUDITION DATE: Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022
TIME: 1pm - 5pm | Auditions will be 15 - 20 minutes
LOCATION: The Canadian Music Centre, 837 Davie Street, Vancouver, BC
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: Thursday, November 24, 5:00pm
SUBMISSION: Auditions are in-person only. We kindly ask that only people who are available for rehearsals (week of January 16, 2023, exact dates/times TBD) and recording dates apply (Jan. 21 & Feb 18, 2023). Please use Submission Form to be considered for a time. Please note we may not be able to accommodate all audition requests.
SUBMISSION FORM: https://forms.gle/mrhB7Kvdju3hGCZp7
AUDITION REQUIREMENTS*: Please bring one opera aria that you feel best represents your voice. Upon confirmation of your audition time, we will send a short excerpt from Did I Just Say That? to prepare for the audition.
*IMPORTANT NOTE BEFORE SUBMITTING: we are not able to offer travel and accommodation for this project. Please only submit materials and requests if you are available and in Metro Vancouver, BC for all project dates. Only people who are available for rehearsal and recording dates noted above should apply.
January 16 - 20: project rehearsals, times TBD
Saturday, January 21st: First Recording Date
February 18, 2023: Second Recording Date
Rehearsals will be scheduled before each recording date.
Compensation: UBCP/ACTRA contract
Applicants should prepare 1 operatic aria of your choice and 1 excerpt from the score (which will be emailed upon confirmation of audition time).
An accompanist is provided; please prepare music sheets by attaching to the submission form.
About Did I Just Say That?
Thanks to BC Arts Council, CreativeBC and Canada Council, Visceral Visions and re:Naissance Opera co-commissioned Valerie Sing Turner as librettist and Katerina Gimon as composer for a new comedic chamber operetta with the working title, Did I just Say That?, with dramaturgy by Debi Wong.
The 20-minute comedic work depicts two roommates – a white composer and writer of colour – contemplating whether to apply to a new opera competition for women teams. Exploring themes of feminism, racial intersectionality, and what it means to embody artistic risk in a patriarchal society in which women must diminish or silence themselves in order to get ahead, the piece features a “diva-off” that incorporates musical quotes from famous arias as the friends debate the problematic portrayal of racialized women in the classic opera canon. We believe the heart of a diva beats in every social justice warrior’s chest!
Cecilia - a composer and self-proclaimed feminist - COLORATURA
Gabriela - a racialized writer - MEZZO SOPRANO (cast)
Visceral Visions and re:Naissance Opera create and operate on the ancestral and unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) nations. We are dedicated to creating artistic work and collaborative structures that reflect Indigenous and intercultural diversity. Together with our partners, we are committed to attracting and retaining BIPOC teams, particularly women of colour, who reflect the communities in which we live and work. People of colour, Indigenous peoples, and members of other underrepresented groups are highly encouraged to apply.