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Audition Tour 2013: The Final Word

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I think I’m done spouting audition facts and advice for another year. Gotta move on. Here’s the last gasp. Enjoy!

GEEKY DATA!

The complete Aria Frequency Lists for the 2013 season audition tour are now available for your enjoyment. Check them out to see which arias are being offered most frequently.

AUDITION PIANIST DISCUSSION

Check out The Collaborative Piano Blog for two recent posts on your audition room colleague, the pianist. Here’s the main blog post, and here’s a summary of reader comments. Good stuff, from both sides of the keyboard.

NEW ARIA SHOPPING LIST

And finally, on this random audition data day, my list of rare-ish arias that found their way into the audition room this fall:

  • SOPRANO
    • “Un cenno leggiadretto” from  Atalanta. At 4 minutes, a nice Baroque option.
    • “Open the Window” from Herrmann’s Wuthering Heights. 4 minutes, both declamatory then lyric in turn.
  • MEZZO
    • “The sun embraces our stony earth” from  Elmer Gantry.
    • Also noted: a mini-resurgence of “Waiting” from The Great Gatsby and “This Journey” from Dead Man Walking.
  • TENOR
    • “I see, you see” from Moby-Dick
    • A word for this old man” from The Grapes of Wrath. Dramatic and declamatory.
  • BARITONE
    • Charlie’s Aria from Three Decembers

AND ON TO THE NEXT THING

I’m spending part of this week getting ducks in a row for this weekend’s Messiah Sing-along at our church. I’m sure many of you share in this December ritual – some happily and some reluctantly. Let’s just say that I’m a little bit of both. If you’re interested, surf on over here.

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