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Joining Bath Opera

New members are always welcome to join this friendly company. Bath Opera was delighted to win the Wilfred Roe Trophy for the best opera chorus singing in the South West. We already have a large number of dedicated choral singers, many of whom take solo parts as well. 

Basic membership is just £15 for the year. A show fee is payable if in the main show (£75) and/or the summer tour (£35). Students benefit from a 50% reduction in all fees. Please apply for membership or further details to our secretary Pat Harper at secretary.bathopera@hotmail.co.uk

Auditions for Principals

Bath Opera holds formal open auditions for all principal roles in the main production and summer tour. Non-members who wish to audition for a principal role pay a £20 fee towards the cost of auditions. Successful audition candidates will be expected to join Bath Opera (see above) but will have their audition fee refunded.

Auditions for ‘Cosi Fan Tutte’ Summer 2019 tour

These auditions will take place at 2pm on Sunday 13 January at Widcombe Junior School, Pulteney Road, Bath. More details may be found under the questions below.

When are the performances?

Performance dates are from June 14th to 13th July 2019 (7.30pm unless otherwise stated):

  • Friday 14 June Widcombe Manor Bath (tbc)
  • Saturday 15 June Widcombe Manor Bath (tbc)
  • Sunday 16 June (matinee) Widcombe Manor Bath (tbc)
  • Saturday 22 June Pyrford, Surrey
  • Friday 28 June Gt Chalfield Manor, Nr. Melksham, Wilts
  • Saturday 29 June Gt Chalfield Manor, Nr. Melksham, Wilts
  • Friday 5 July Midsomer Norton Town Hall
  • Saturday 6 July Blakehay Theatre, Weston-super-Mare
  • Friday 12 July Rondo Theatre, Larkhall, Bath
  • Saturday 13 July Rondo Theatre, Larkhall, Bath

What do I need to know before I audition?

  • The opera will be performed in English in a new translation.
  • Scores will be provided with the translation in place – at an approximate fee of £18.00.  
  • These scores will not include Ferrando’s, Gugliemo’s and Dorabella’s arias in Act II (Numbers 24, 26 and 28 respectively).  These numbers are cut from the production.
  • Secco recitative will be replaced by dialogue.  You will be required to read some dialogue at the audition.
  • Accompagnato recitative will be sung.

Requirements for the auditions (click on a name to open music in PDF format):

Fiordiligi No 14,  and be familiar with the trio No 10

Dorabella No 11,  and be familiar with the trio No 10

Ferrando No 17,

Gugliemo No 15,

Despina No 19,

Alfonzo No 10,

When do rehearsals take place?

Principal rehearsals (when and where) will be arranged to suit those cast. Rehearsals will be arranged at 19:30 on Wednesday evenings at Widcombe Junior School, Pulteney Rd, Bath and on Sunday mornings at 10:00 am.  Venue TBC.

Please try to be available when needed, out of courtesy to your fellow performers.

Will Bath Opera pay me a fee or expenses?

No, Bath Opera does not pay fees or expenses.

Who can I contact for more information about the production?

Director: Tom Magnone – t.magnone@btinternet.com
Musical Director: Peter Blackwood -Tel 07767 624637 – peterblackwood@hotmail.co.uk

Apply for the Cosi Fan Tutte auditions

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More information

Please contact our secretary Pat Harper at secretary.bathopera@hotmail.co.uk for further details about auditions for principal roles or joining the chorus.