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Audition Oracle – Sat 1 Jul 2023 @ 15:46
Audition Oracle Celebrates 10 Years
This July marks the ten-year anniversary of the founding of Audition Oracle, a digital platform which helps pair singers and artists with auditions, opportunities and industry professionals. In celebration of this milestone, we are reflecting on Audition Oracle’s journey and how it has helped shape the performing arts community.
Where it all began:
Ten years ago, singer Melanie Lodge identified a crucial gap in the classical music and opera industries, that there was no one place to find out about auditions and opportunities. The journey to becoming a musician is notoriously difficult and Melanie felt compelled to bring her vision to life and revolutionise the industry, and it was here that Audition Oracle was born, inspired by her own career and observing the struggle of her fellow singing colleagues. On 3rd July 2013, the original website was released, social media accounts followed on the 4th July and the first bulletin was triggered on 8th July. Quickly Audition Oracle established itself as the market leader in its field and a precious resource to both singers and opera companies.
Audition Oracle, since its inception, has constantly evolved and morphed to maintain its position at the forefront of the industry, leveraging technology to transform access to audition information for performers across the globe.
By Voice Alone:
2019 also saw the creation of the vocal competition, By Voice Alone. This revolutionary competition was created with the aim of removing unconscious bias from castings and the audition process in the industry. Participants encountered a completely blind first-round audition, with no CVs, experience criteria or names. Over 400 participants auditioned with 28 going through to the semifinal and 7 through to the final at King’s Place. Since By Voice Alone, we have seen some of the leading opera companies in the UK influenced by its ethos and introducing blind first-round auditions, including the Royal Opera House.
A word from the founder of Audition Oracle and By Voice Alone:
Looking back at the last ten years Melanie commented: ‘It has been such a pleasure to watch so many artists grow their careers with the help of the information and opportunities provided on Audition Oracle. At Audition Oracle we like a personal touch and keep in contact with many singers and opera companies, and we are constantly listening to ensure that Audition Oracle remains as helpful as possible in creating a successful industry. There is so much talent out there and we love supporting it.’
The longevity of Audition Oracle can be attributed to its commitment to innovation and adaptability. Over the past decade, the platform has consistently evolved to meet the changing needs of the performing arts industry. It has incorporated user feedback, introduced new features, and embraced advancements in technology, ensuring that it remains a cutting-edge platform for auditions.
As Audition Oracle enters its second decade, its influence on the performing arts industry is set to grow even further. With advancements in artificial intelligence, and machine learning, the platform has endless potential. Additionally, Audition Oracle's commitment to inclusivity ensures that it remains a vital tool in promoting equal opportunities for all artists.