ATTENTION SINGERS! AUDITION NOTICE
August 20, 2019
Opera Cultura announces auditions on Sept 22, 2019, 12-5pm, for its 2019-2020 Season, which includes the following:
12/2019 - Zorro by Hector Armienta (Workshop Reading)
5/2020 - Frida by Roberto Rodriguez (Mainstage)
6/2020 - Opera Cultura's Rap/Opera 2.0 (Mainstage)
All roles and ensemble positions open. All voice types needed. Pianist provided.
Performances are all in San Jose, Ca. We cannot provide housing or travel.
Bring ONE aria of your choice, and EITHER an aria/excerpt from Frida OR a piece from Spanish language repertoire. Excerpts from Frida for DIEGO (baritone/bass-baritone) and FRIDA (mezzo) available by request.
AUDITION DATE/TIME/LOCATION: Sept 22, 2019, 12-5pm in San Jose
COMPENSATION: Payment is provided. Payment ranges from $150-$2000 depending on size of role.
CONTACT: Email resume, headshot, and links to performances to Alexa Anderson, Artistic Producer, email@example.com. Auditions are by invitation only. If selected, you will be contacted with your audition time and the location.
- Diego de La Vega - Tenor; Early thirties. Criollo ( Spanish blood but born in New Spain/the Americas. )
- Octavio Rivera y Moncada - Verdi Baritone - Thirties;
- Sargeant José Maria Gomez - Baritone; Forties; Moncada’s aide, but desperately unhappy. Seeking love.
- Luisa - Soprano; Late twenties; Servant at the Vega Estate. Not content as a servant and seeking love.
- Chorus - ( including Margarita, soldiers, townspeople, the poor)
The opera is based on the fictional character and story of Zorro. It is the story of a young man of noble birth in search of his destiny. After spending several years abroad in Spain, he returns home to Reina de Los Angeles to discover his true calling - to fight for the poor and disenfranchised. Set in the early nineteenth century. During that time, there was great political upheaval in Spain and México, due in part to the French Revolution and Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. There are several references to political events and historical figures in the opera, including Spanish King Ferdinand and the man that lit the flame of the Mexican revolution - Padre Miguel Hidalgo.
- FRIDA KAHLO: Mezzo-soprano
- DIEGO RIVERA: Baritone
- WOMAN I (CRISTINA KAHLO / MRS. FORD): Soprano
- WOMAN II (DITMAS' MOTHER / LUPE MARIN / MRS. ROCKEFELLER / NATALIA TROTSKY): Mezzo-soprano
- MAN I (ALEJANDRO / MR. FORD / LEON TROTSKY): Tenor
- MAN II (PETATE VENDOR / CACHUCHA / GUILLERMO KAHLO / MR. ROCKEFELLER / EDWARD G. ROBINSON): Bass-baritone
- THREE CALAVERAS: three treble voices (two women and one man)
- SATB Chorus
Sung in both Spanish and English, Frida is the story of renowned Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, wife of the country’s great muralist Diego Rivera. Her tortured life unfolds in a flowing succession of scenes, acted and sung by three woman and three men in a variety of guises - masked or plain-faced and as two- or three-dimensional puppets; shadow puppets and projections are also involved. Diego’s preoccupation with art and other women shrivel Frida’s soul and her demands for love drain him; they need one another desperately. Divorce is imminent. Frida’s health deteriorates; only painting permits emotional release, translating her agonies into a series of canvases. Her fate is to live alone, engulfed by pain, but her paintings live forever, reflecting hidden dreams and inspiring courage to transcend conventional boundaries.