Did I Just Say That?
Auditions will be held in person with strict COVID precautions taken as per WorkSafe BC, ActSafe BC, and current public health guidelines.
Thanks to the BC Arts Council and Canada Council, Visceral Visions and re:Naissance Opera have 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 15-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!
We are seeking:
Cecilia - white-presenting, any age, a composer and self-proclaimed feminist - COLORATURA
Gabriella - racialized, any age, a writer - MEZZO SOPRANO
Date: Thursday, June 17, 2021
Time: 4:30 - 7:30 pm
Location: Martha Lou Henley Rehearsal Hall, 1945 McLean Drive, Vancouver, BC
Submission deadline: Tuesday, June 15, 2021, 5:00 pm.
Submission form: https://form.jotform.com/211514818977263
Production name: Did I Just Say That? (working title)
Workshop Dates: August, 6 - 7, 2021 | Location: Vancouver, venue TBC
IndieFest Dates: Oct 23 - 30, 2021 | Location: Vancouver, venue TBC
Compensation will be commensurate with EQUITY standard rates.
Participants should be local or plan to be in Vancouver for the workshop dates in August and IndieFest on Oct 23 - 30, 2021.
Participants should prepare 1 or 2 operatic arias 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.
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.