Call for singers

Calling men and women of all ages, including high school juniors and seniors, and college students (Puccini writes for a large group of older students.)

Act II is a lively, chaotic market scene that includes children, mothers, citizens, students, street vendors - and more. This will be a lightly-staged concert performance of the opera, so choristers may hold the score during performance, though being as "off-book" as possible will help!

The choruses will be sung in Italian, which we will work on together in rehearsals, along with the music.

Cary Ratcliff, Artistic Director of Madrigalia, will train the Madrigalia Festival Chorus. Rehearsals will be fun and efficient. All singers will combine toward the end of rehearsals.


what we are looking for

Singers with accurate pitch and secure rhythm, who sing with a minimum of vibrato to ensure a good choral blend. Blended choral singing with minimal vibrato will make us sound terrific!!

the audition:

The audition periods will begin with a 20-minute group rehearsal of the selected choral passages. Singers will then audition individually (with light piano accompaniment).

Auditions will be held Thursday, March 2 and Saturday, March 4.

To schedule your La Boheme audition:
1. Click this link: http://signup.com/go/jdjtwN 
2. Enter your email address (You will NOT need to register an account on SignUp.com) 
3. Sign up! Choose your spots - SignUp.com will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy! 
Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

Click here to download the excerpt(s) you can prepare in advance.

Click here to listen to the selected passages. (Not singing to emulate, but this recording will give you the overall sense of the music for Act II.)


the rehearsals:

Scores will be provided for every chorister selected. There will be four rehearsals plus the mandatory piano dress. Rehearsals will occur weekly on Thursday evenings (7:00pm-9:30pm) and Saturday mornings (9:30am-12:00pm), beginning April 20, 2017. The rehearsals will be scheduled in pairs; attendance is required at either Thursday OR Saturday each week. The schedule is as follows:

April 20 or 22
April 27 or 29
May 4 or 6
May 11 or 13 

Saturday, May 20: MANDATORY PIANO DRESS with Ward Stare; 9:30am-12:30pm, Nazareth College.

performance week schedule:
all mandatory

Monday, May 22, 7:30PM: rehearsal with the RPO at Kodak Hall
Tuesday, May 23, 7:30PM: rehearsal with the RPO at Kodak Hall
Thursday, May 25: performance
Saturday, May 27: performance


Contact Dan McInerney at danmac@frontiernet.net, or call 585-230-2894.