Opera 2018/19

OPERA: We have some very exciting news: the opera for this year has been decided! In February 2019 MUMS will be performing Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortileges – a fun and surreal opera where a child’s toy come to life, and Judith Weir’s Armida – a modern day retelling of the classic tale. This means we now need you! In order to put on this opera we need to assemble creatives teams for Armida and L’enfant et les sortileges. These creative teams will be working closely together to create an outstanding night of opera.

Below is the list of team members required for each team with a brief outline of what the role entails:

  • Director: Working closely with the producer, cast and principals on the dramatic and visual elements of the opera.
  • Chorus Master: Preparing the chorus in piano rehearsals prior to full rehearsals with the orchestra. The chorus master should be or have been a MUMS choral conductor, and/or have relevant experience and competence in directing and developing singers. This experience should be relevant to the chosen opera (e.g. contemporary/historically informed performance practice), yet anyone is welcome to apply.
  • Producer: Overseeing all backstage tasks, including the administration of auditions, rehearsals and stage management. It is the producer’s responsibility to budget, fund-raise and procure the props and scenery for the opera. The producer should also liaise with the MUMS publicity officer to communicate the director’s desired marketing vision for the opera. The producer must do the Risk Assessment form.

We are happy to announce that the MD’s working in the creative teams will be Hugh Morris for the Ravel and Anna Beresford for the Weir.

If you would like to be considered for any of these roles, you must send a paragraph to benjamin.marrington-reeve@student.manchester.ac.uk outlining which team you would like to be considered for, your previous experience, why you want to be considered for the role and any other relevant information which would help inform us.

There will then be a short-list created from these applications and those short-listed will be invited for an interview/audition where appropriate, after consultation with the interview/audition panel. Intensive rehearsals for the opera will be taking place during the reading week in semester 2 and candidates must be able to guarantee their availability during this time period. Please feel free to get in touch via facebook or email Benji if you have any queries. The deadline for submissions of your paragraph is no later than 17.00 on Tuesday the 19th June. We are looking forward for your responses!

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