Saturday, August 19, 2017

Yekaterinburg Opera and Ballet Theatre to hold vocalist auditions

The Yekaterinburg Opera and Ballet Theatre has announced that it will hold auditions for new vocalists on February 19 and March 1.

The company is recruiting graduates of conservatories with bass, baritone, tenor and soprano ranges. Baritones and basses may prepare for the audition with any pieces, but the sopranos and tenors must perform from specific pieces, JustMedia reports.

Sopranos and tenors must perform arias from "Tosca" and "The Queen of Spades."

The Yekaterinburg Opera and Ballet Theatre is one of the oldest opera theaters in Russia and will celebrate its centenary in 2012. Before the company was founded, the first city theater's stage hosted touring metropolitan opera companies, which led to a local musical society for opera fans in 1874. Their love of opera convinced city authorities to build a local opera house and in 1912 the New City Theatre started its first season with "Life for the Tzar" by Mikhail Glinka. In 1931, the company was renamed the Sverdlovsk Opera and Ballet Theatre, which changed to Yekaterinburg when the city's name later changed.

The theatre was the first provincial company to receive the USSR State Prize for staging "Othello" by Verdi in 1946. It later received a second State Prize in 1987 for its staging of "The Prophet" by Ural composer Vladimir Kobyakin.