Choral Audition Information
Faculty Director of Opera Choruses: Walter Huff
The Indiana University Opera and Ballet Theater produces six fully-staged operas every year. Many of these operas contain a choral component, and this offers one of the most exciting and intensive performing opportunities to students at the Jacobs School. Led by Faculty Director of Opera Choruses, Walter Huff, as well as a team of graduate choral conducting majors, students in the IU opera choruses come into contact with some of the greatest works of dramatic music. Singers in the opera choruses also receive extensive training and coaching in diction, movement, memorization, and other fundamental skills necessary to bring opera to life.
Participating in the IU Opera Chorus is also an excellent way to learn operatic repertoire. Recent productions with opera choruses include Akhnaten, Don Giovanni, H.M.S. Pinafore, Falstaff, Xerxes, The Marriage of Figaro, Cendrillon, West Side Story, Romeo et Juliette, La Rondine, Lucia di Lammermoor, Die Zauberfloete, Love for Three Oranges, La Traviata, Susannah, Rigoletto, Most Happy Fella, L'elisir d'amore, Cosi Fan Tutte, La Boheme, A View from the Bridge, Der Rosenkavalier, Candide, and L'Italiana in Algeri.
Music rehearsals for the Opera Choruses usually occur between 4-6PM daily. Staging rehearsals occur four weeks prior to dress rehearsals and run 4-6PM daily in MAC 301. Piano Tech rehearsals often occur on the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday before Dress Week. Dress Rehearsals occur the week prior to the opening performances from 7PM-11PM. Because the IU Opera Theater and Ballet Company sets the schedule of rehearsal on a weekly basis, all chorus members are required to clear their schedules between 4-6PM during daily stagings. Only the Stage Director or Stage Manager may excuse absences prior to the start of staging rehearsals. Under no circumstances are absences allowed during Dress or Piano Tech Rehearsals and only limited absences are tolerated during stagings.
Opera Choruses for the 2014-2015 season will include L'Italiana in Algeri, La Boheme, The Last Savage, South Pacific, and The Magic Flute. Those students interested in joining one of these opera choruses should make sure to indicate your preference at the choral auditions in the Fall.