How will Audition Oracle be helping to support singers next?
In 2017 we established the Audition Oracle Singers Preparation bursary to help singers turn up to their next engagement fully prepared and ready to go. Throughout 2018 we awarded at least one recipient every month and have been delighted to have helped some twenty plus singers in an a small but real way. We have loved hearing the developments of all the artists we have supported.
For 2019 we have chosen to supported the creation of Opera: By Voice Alone - an initiative that provides an opportunity for aspring and professional opera singers to enter a classical singing competition on a level playing field.
This competition is all about removing unconscious bias and allowing us to really listen to your voice without the distraction of anything else that we may know about you as an aritst. First round auditions take place blind behind a screen. No names, CVs, experience or visuals. The voice is simply assessed on the here and now. It's a unique opportunity that precludes nobody from competing for the possibility to sing in front of casting professionals from our major opera houses.
We want everyone who is an aspiring or professional opera singer to take part. Age, gender, ethnicity, background, state education, private education, chorister, soloist, trained at music college, didn't train at music college, disability. None of this will come into the equation. We simply want you to share your voice with us and take that as the starting point for our selection process. We want to see what happens when we listen to you By Voice Alone.
Auditions are scheduled as follows:
- Round One: Blind Audition
- Saturday 16th (limited availability), Sunday 17th, Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th March 2019 (full), National Opera Studio, Wandsworth
- Wednesday 27th (full) and Thursday 28th March (limited availability), Craxton Studios
- Further dates may be added – please enquire
- Recordings can be submitted
- Round Two: Jury & Panel Audition – Wednesday 1st May 2019, National Opera Studio, Wandsworth.
- Round 3: Competition Final – 7.30pm Monday 20th May 2019, Kings Place, London
Please email [email protected] to join the waitlist for any of the full audition dates. We hope to shortly release a few dates in early April.
The closing date for applications is midnight Thursday 28th February 2019 for the live auditions and midnight Sunday 31st March for recorded submissions
**If the volume of applications reaches a certain number before the closing date given above, By Voice Alone reserves the right to close applications early – early application is recommended**