Friday, March 2, 2012

Announcing the 2012-2013 Auditions

It is time to mark your calendars, because you do not want to miss the next season of auditions.  It does not matter if you are a singer who would like to apply or an audience member who would like to follow the rise of the next big star in opera.

The Teatro at the Casa Italiano
The District Auditions will be held on Tuesday November 13, Wednesday November 14 and Thursday November 15, 2012.  Just like last season, the auditions will be held at the beautiful Italian Academy at Columbia University.  The Casa Italiana, so called by locals, is located at 1161 Amsterdam Avenue, and offers a stunning setting for the first round of the auditions.

The building is a neo-Renaissance-style palazzo built in 1927 by renown architects McKim Mead and White and was renovated in 1993 by architects Italo Rota and Samuel G. White (great-grandson of original architect Stanford White).

The winners will be moving on to the Region Finals, which will be held about two months later at Merkin Hall, located in the Kaufman Center.  They will take place on Thursday January 24th, 2012.  Merkin Center was also the setting for this year's auditions, and the almost perfect acoustics make it an excellent venue to discover who will be moving on the 2013 Semi-Finals.

The stage at Merkin Hall
Merkin Hall is located in the heart of Lincoln Center at 129 West 67th Street, and can only be an inspiration to all the singers aspiring to make it to the Met Stage.  Merkin Concert Hall opened in 1978 and was named so because of a major gift from Hermann and Ulla Merkin.  It was designed by modernist architect Ashok Bhavnani and is the perfect example of the Brutalist raw-concrete style.  It also received an update in 2007 by architect Robert A.M. Stern.

This is just a sneak-peak at what is to come; the applications will be available within a few months, as will registration for audience members.  To be notified the moment this is possible, please sign up for our mailing list.  

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