2 July 2020
SEEKING ASIAN-CANADIAN SINGERS FOR NEW OPERA ‘CHINATOWN’
OPENS IN VANCOUVER SEPTEMBER 2021
City Opera Vancouver, a professional chamber opera company, today invited highly qualified Asian-Canadian singers to submit resumés and video materials for consideration.
CHINATOWN is a new chamber opera, now in development, by librettist Madeleine Thien with Paul Yee, Taishanese co-writer, and composer Alice Ping Yee Ho. It is scheduled to run five nights at the 668-seat Vancouver Playhouse in early September 2021. If delayed by COVID, it will run one year later.
CHINATOWN is a Western opera, with significant elements sung in the Hoisan/Toisan dialect of south China, and with a fusion orchestra of Western and traditional Chinese instruments. It runs approximately two hours, including intermission. It is a story of six Chinese Canadians and their families, set in Vancouver’s Chinatown neighbourhood. It is centred in 1961, but pivots in time across several decades.
CHINATOWN is City Opera’s fifth commission in nine years.
We will accept online materials only. Video submissions may be up to ten minutes in length, with minimal editing. We request two works of contrasting character. As part of the video portfolio, material sung in English, and Hoisan/Toisan or Cantonese, is most welcome. High-resolution image and audio quality is strongly recommended. Resumés may include up to three professional references. Please indicate if you are a member of CAE or a comparable organization. Detailed contact information is requested.
City Opera is casting six lead characters:
Hoisan-Toisan Singer / older
Xon Pon / older
Saihin / older
Anna / younger
Wenli / younger
Eugene / younger
ROUND ONE DEADLINE
10 September 2020
PLEASE SUBMIT PORTFOLIO TO
Kattia Woloshyniuk, Auditions Manager
All materials received will be acknowledged.
Dr Charles Barber, Artistic Director
City Opera Vancouver gratefully acknowledges the generous support of The Vancouver Foundation, Vancity Credit Union, Paul and Edwina Heller Memorial Fund, City of Vancouver Office of Cultural Services, British Columbia Arts Council, Government of British Columbia, Illahie Fund at Tides Canada / MakeWay! Doretta Lee Memorial Fund at The Vancouver Foundation, and numerous private advisors and donors in the creation and production of CHINATOWN.
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