SPOTLIGHT ON OPERA PRESENTS Auditioning in Europe: A Workshop with Soprano Mardi Byers
*Participate in a German-style mock audition
*Learn about the Fach system, what European casting directors want, and the singing business in Europe from an American singer who's been working there for nearly 20 years.
*Receive an exclusive European Audition Information Packet
American soprano Mardi Byers has lived and worked in Europe for nearly 20 years. Hailed by the press as "world class", she is making her mark on international opera and concert stages including the Hamburg State Opera, the Bregenz Festival, Moscow's Bolshoi Theater, New York City Opera, Opera Frankfurt, and Finnish National Opera. In January/February 2014, she makes her Austin Lyric Opera debut in the title role of Tosca.
Byers is determined share with young singers who wish to present themselves in the European system. She will address such topics as how to get the gig that can ignite a career, how to survive in a foreign country while waiting for that big break, the Fach system, the nuts and bolts of auditioning in Europe, overall presentation, and more. She will show a short video in which she interviews casting directors, agents, general directors, stage directors, singers, and coaches about what is expected from singers in Europe and how Americans are perceived. Five singers will be chosen to participate in mock auditions and to receive audition makeovers to prepare them for Europe. Each workshop participant will also receive an information packet.
Bachus Conservatory Recital Hall
8000 Anderson Square
Austin, TX 78757
|Minimum Age: 15|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|