£75 – £85

Preparation and Presentation: Opera Auditions Masterclass

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Arch 468 Theatre and Rehearsal Studio

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ABOUT THE WORKSHOP

WHAT IS IT? A workshop and masterclass addressing all aspects of auditions for opera singers.

HOW WILL IT WORK? We will start the day with a short mock-audition for all participants, followed by feedback and a detailed practical workshop exploring how singers can best represent themselves as artists, and as individuals, in auditions. The second half of the day will comprise of a masterclass in which participants will have the opportunity to put these teachings into practice.

WHAT WILL YOU GET OUT OF IT? Singers will not only get practical advice about their audition technique, and top tips from an experienced panel, but also have the chance try out new ideas straight away. In addition, they will have the unique opportunity to observe other participants' auditions from the panel's point of view, to gain valuable insight into what it's like on the other side of the table. And as if that's not enough, everyone will also receive feedback on how to spruce up their CV!

TUTORS: Laura Attridge and Mark Austin
MARK AUSTIN
Mark Austin is a conductor of integrity. His sensitive and mature performances of operatic and orchestral repertoire have earned a reputation for their “eloquent intensity” (Guardian).

Mark was invited to work on the music staff of the inaugural Grange Festival in 2017, and will return in 2018 as an assistant conductor. Recent opera conducting credits include: ‘Hansel and Gretel’ (Mercury Theatre), ‘La traviata', ‘Le comte Ory' (Opera South), ‘Il barbiere di Siviglia’, and ‘Tosca’ (Musique Cordiale International Festival). Mark regularly works as assistant conductor to figures including Vasily Petrenko, Marin Alsop, Steuart Bedford, David Hill and the late Sir Colin Davis, with orchestras including BBC Symphony Orchestra (BBC Proms), Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the Hangzhou Philharmonic, China. He studies with Sian Edwards and Lionel Friend.

As an accomplished pianist, Mark has accompanied singers at venues including Kings Place, Wigmore Hall, St John’s Smith Square, Leighton House (with Dame Felicity Lott), Holywell Music Room, Colston Hall, Champs Hill, Opera Bastille, Paris and the Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre. He is musical assistant to The Bach Choir.

Mark recently conducted his own Faust Chamber Orchestra in concerts at Kings Place, LSO St Luke’s, and West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge. Recent successes include collaborations with soloists Guy Johnston and Katie Bray, and a concert staging of Bizet’s ‘Don Procopio’ narrated by Dame Penelope Keith.

You can read more about Mark on www.mark-austin.net.

LAURA ATTRIDGE
Laura Attridge is a dynamic maker of opera and theatre with a passion for collaborative creative work and an artistic vision which aims to balance integrity and innovation. She founded And So Forth in 2015 with the aim of providing opportunities for exceptional emerging artists to develop their craft. Laura directed and co-wrote ASF’s inaugural production, Damsel/Wife/Witch, a piece challenging contemporary gender expectations through fairy tale, for two actors and a mezzo-soprano; other work with the company has included the hosting of Q&As with established artists, and the curation of this series of development workshops for performers.

Laura has directed new pieces of theatre at venues including the Southwark Playhouse, Arts Theatre, Tristan Bates Theatre, Camden People’s Theatre and Etcetera Theatre. Her opera direction to date includes two France/UK tours for Opera Loki (Così fan tutte, 2016; La Bohème, 2015), and this autumn she joins Hampstead Garden Opera as director of their production of Jonathan Dove’s The Enchanted Pig at Jacksons Lane. Laura has been an assistant director for companies such as English Touring Opera, Opera Holland Park, Blackheath Halls Opera, British Youth Opera and the Royal Academy of Music, as well as Associate Director for W11 Opera. This summer she has been staff director for the revival of Tom Cairns’ elegant production of La Traviata at Glyndebourne.

With her other hat on, Laura is also a successful librettist and poet. You can find out more at www.lauraattridge.com.

RÉPÉTITEUR: William Cole

FAQ

What time should I arrive?
Please arrive 5-10 minutes in advance of the advertised start time of your workshop. One of the And So Forth team will be there to greet you upon arrival.

How do I get to Arch 468?
For full information and a map, see their website.

The studio is opposite Loughborough Junction train station on the Thameslink line. The journey takes approx 10-15 mins by train from St Pancras, Blackfriars or Farringdon and just 5 mins by train from Elephant and Castle.

Alternatively, it’s also just 12 mins walk along Coldharbour Lane from Brixton tube station.

Buses 35, 45, 345, P4, P5, 68, 468 and 176 all stop within walking distance.

Who is this workshop for?

This session has been developed specifically for opera singers, and is ideal for artists who have already completed, or are currently undertaking, training at conservatoire or a Young Artist programme. The session aims to build upon and augment standard training.

Do you offer a student discount?
Yes! We are delighted to be offering discounted places for all our workshops at a rate of £75. If booking a student ticket, please bring appropriate ID with you on the day.

What should I wear?
Please arrive in appropriate audition apparel, ready to start the day with a brief mock-audition. You will be required to wear this for the afternoon masterclass, but are welcome to change into something more comfortable for the practical workshop segment in between.

Should I warm up before the workshop?
Yes: you will begin the day with a mock-audition, so please be prepared to sing.

Do I need bring anything?
For all our workshops, we suggest bringing a notepad and pen, and a bottle of water. We will provide some light snacks at the lunch break, but you are also advised to bring food with you. If you have booked a student ticket you will be expected to show valid student ID on the day of the workshop.

Please also bring a choice of three audition arias and two printed copies of your CV.

What is your refund policy?
Places are non-refundable, but you are welcome to transfer your ticket to another suitable participant if you are no longer able to attend (we ask that you inform us in advance if someone else will be using your ticket).

Will you be holding more workshops in the future?
Yes, we certainly will! We aim to offer sessions, subject to demand, on a whole variety of topics across the coming year. If you want to hear about them first, please follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or join our mailing list via our website to get the information straight to your inbox.

What are the access arrangements at Arch 468?
The studio is wheelchair-accessible via a ramp; please let us know if you require this or any other arrangements.

Who are And So Forth?
We are a theatre and opera company dedicated to interdisciplinary collaboration and the development of exceptional emerging artists. You can find full information on our website: www.asfp.uk.

Are your workshop leaders available for one-on-one sessions in their specialist areas?
They certainly are. Feel free to contact And So Forth for more information, or talk to the workshop leader in person at their respective session/s.

I have more questions! Who should I ask?
We'd be happy to answer any questions you might have ahead of booking. Please contact andsoforth.productions@gmail.com.

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