The Savannah VOICE Festival (SVF) is inviting talented local singers to audition for an opportunity to appear at the seventh annual festival this August.

Auditions will take place from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on April 14 at Christ Church Episcopal, according to a press release.

SVF is looking for vocalists of all ages to perform in productions by the festival’s vibrant new entity, the Savannah Opera, during this Summer’s Festival. 

After the success of last season’s collaboration with Chatham County schools through the production of the opera, “Hansel & Gretel,” the festival will once again collaborate to produce “The Little Prince.”

This two-act opera by Rachel Portman with an English libretto by Nicholas Wright is based on the 1943 book by the same name, written by Antione de Saint-Exupery.

Other roles needing adult community participation include singers to appear in small roles in the SVF’s rendition of Francis Poulenc’s “Dialogues of the Carmelites,” a French opera in three acts, completed in 1956.

 

As the composer dictated upon writing, the opera will be performed in the language of the audience.  The opera tells a fictionalized version of the story of the Martyrs of Compiègne, Carmelite nuns who, in 1794 during the closing days of the Reign of Terror during the French Revolution, were guillotined in Paris for refusing to renounce their vocation. 

The 2019's main festival opera also requires additional choristers to appear as townspeople in the beloved Italian opera, “Pagliacci,” by Ruggero Leoncavallo and Michael Ching’s new commission, “The Birthday Clown,” in honor of “Pagliacci,” which translates to clowns.

To schedule an audition, singers should prepare two pieces to perform - up to three minutes each. Contact education@savannahvoicefestival.org. Artists may bring recorded music, sing a capella, or bring their own pianist and should bring a photo with name, age and voice type.

“Savannah is a wonderful place to call home and we want to tap into the pool of talent on our doorstep this Festival season,” SVF co-founder and Executive Director Maria Zouves said. “We encourage children who love to perform, choir members, college vocal students, professional singers and anyone who loves to sing and perform to join us on the afternoon of April 14.”

In addition, young singers are encouraged to attend these auditions to apply for places in the highly regarded Camp VOICE annual program which takes place the week before the festival begins in Savannah (July 27-August 3, 2019). Camp VOICE offers mentorship for young singers as they transition into a time of serious, classical study. During the week-long intensive program, these promising young artists will have the unique opportunity to work with top professionals in the world of opera.

Students in Camp VOICE can expect to engage in daily lessons and coaching sessions, participate in master classes with Sherrill Milnes and guest faculty, complete workshops and seminars aimed towards career development, attend festival events and present a final showcase performance of their own.