Auditions NOW OPEN – See the link on the right.
Closing 5pm Friday 2 September
Opera New England provides singers who may be on the verge of a professional career the opportunity to rehearse and perform fully staged opera over four public performances. Singers are required to present fully prepared for their role for a period of intense rehearsal in Armidale and are responsible for their travel costs to and from Armidale. Singers are not paid a fee however they are provided with a full living away from home package including full board including meals and lodging during the rehearsal and performance period.
An opera in English – Benjamin Britten (1960)
I believe passionately in the intelligibility of the words – opera being a fusion of music, acting, painting and poetry, of which the last named demands to be understood. Because I do not speak Italian, it was not until I heard Mozart and Verdi opera sung in English that I realised to the full their fabulous subtlety, wit and dramatic aptitude. I always encourage my works to be sung in the vernacular – even pieces like the Spring Symphony and the Nocturne, which contain some of the greatest English poetry. Of course something is lost, but not a great deal when you substitute the gibberish which can result from singers using languages they do not understand and cannot pronounce.