MUMS Opera

We have some very exciting news: the opera for this year has been decided! In February 2014 MUMS will be performing Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro. In a change to previous years, this will not be part of the bigger Chamber Music Festival, but will be a 2-night extravaganza solely dedicated to the opera.

This means we now need you! In order to put on this opera we need to assemble a creative team. Below is the list of team members with a brief outline of what the role entails:

  • Director: Working closely with the cast and principles on the dramatic and visual elements of the opera.
  • Orchestral Conductors: The orchestral conductor is open for anyone to apply, although it is important that relevant conducting experience has already been gained. The exact vocal/instrumental experience of the conductor dictated by the repertoire and the combination of skills between chorus-master and conductor. The conductor must direct the orchestra both artistically and demonstratively to create the best possible sound. Competence of conducting technique is required.
  • 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.
  • If you would like to be considered for any of these roles, you must send a paragraph of no more than 250 words to outlining your previous experience, why you want to be considered for the role, and any other relevant information. 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. If you are applying for either the conductor or chorus master role, in your audition you will be expected to demonstrate knowledge and experience of conducting and vocal technique respectively. The former of these will require some conducting of sections of the score. This information will be released ASAP.

    The deadline for submissions of your paragraph is no later than 13.00 on Wednesday 16th October. The audition/interview process will happen towards the start of week 5 (c. 21st-23rd October, subject to change).

    We are looking forward for your responses,