THE BERLIN PROJECT: Auditions 6 August 2019

City Opera Vancouver, a professional chamber company now in its 13thyear, is casting its next mainstage production: THE BERLIN PROJECT. It is an examination and collage of the music, art, culture and people of the Weimar Republic.

City Opera operates under the jurisdiction of Canadian Actors’ Equity, and the Canadian Federation of Musicians.

SHOW DATES:  23, 24, 25 January 2020, with a hold for 22 Jan 2020

WORKSHOP DATES:  26, 27 October 2019

REHEARSALS: app 3 – 22 January 2020 / TBC

VENUE:  Performance Works, Granville Island. 200 seats in a cabaret setting

RT:  app 95:00

LANGUAGE:  The performance is principally in English, translated from original music of the cabaret era during the Weimar Republic.

Berlin. 1938. The last night. The last cabaret.



There will be five singers. Strong acting and movement skills are essential, as is the ability to embody two or more different characters throughout the evening. They will be…

comfortable with gender ambiguity/fluidity (both male and female actor-singers)

familiar with cabaret genre, style, and the ability to sing un-amplified

captivating story tellers within song

exhibitionist in spirit

a flavour of political activism

show-girl / show-boy

can move their bodies with purpose and clear objectives


highly articulate



This production will use music authentic to the era, including that of Mischa Spoliansky, Friedrich Hollaender, Hanns Eisler, Claire Waldoff, Kurt Weill and others.

We invite you to prepare one 4:00 selection from any of these composers; one 4:00 selection from music theatre that demonstrates your range, power, and incisiveness as performer; and, one 3:00 spoken monologue in English which illustrates the character traits outlined above.

Please bring two copies of your resumé, and headshot, or forward as PDF.

NB:  please do NOT prepare music from Kander & Ebb’s famous ‘Cabaret’. Ours is a very different production.

NB:  you are welcome to bring your own pianist, at your own expense. If you prefer to use ours, there will be no charge.



Date:  Tuesday 6 August 2019

Times:  7 – 10:30pm

Locale:  The Post, 750 Hamilton Street, Vancouver. In the CBC building





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