Minnesota Opera

Minnesota Opera Resident Artist Program: Pianist/Coach Application (2022-2023)

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Deadline(s):
Received By Mon Oct 11, 2021

THIS APPLICATION IS FOR PIANISTS ONLY.

Please read the opportunity listing before completing this application.

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Please specify: Name of teacher, length of study, and affiliation (if applicable). Most current teacher first.
Please specify: Name of teacher, length of study, and affiliation (if applicable). Most current teacher first.
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Education 3
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Professional References

Please give details of three artistic authorities with whom you have worked and who may act as references. No written recommendations are accepted.
Number of selections required: 3.
Selection 1
Selection 2
Selection 3
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Video Selections

Two video files are required with your application. Please submit two video files which display you in collaboration with one or more singers, made within 12 months of the application deadline.

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**Please note: pianist/coach auditions are usually scheduled for the first slots of each day.

If you are selected for a live audition, please prepare one selection from each of the following four lists.
• Candidates should be prepared to sing and play all operatic excerpts, to follow a conductor, to translate each extract without reference to notes, and to respond to musical direction.
• Auditions may also involve sight-reading and verbal interviews.

EXTRACT I
Prepare one of the following:
1. Bernstein: West Side Story – Act I “The Dance at the Gym”: Section 4b (Mambo)
2. Tchaikovsky: Polonaise from Eugene Onegin (beginning of Act III, #19)
3. A short solo piano piece of your choice of comparable difficulty to the above extracts

EXTRACT II (MOZART)
Prepare one of the following:
1. Le nozze di Figaro – Act II Finale from the entrance of Antonio (Scene X, Allegro molto) until the end of the act
2. Così fan tutte – Act I Finale from the entrance of Despina and Don Alfonso (Scene XVI, Allegro) until the end of the act
3. Don Giovanni– Act I Finale from Allegro 6/8 “Riposate, vezzose ragazze” until the end of the act
4. Die Zauberflöte – Act I Finale from Tamino’s aria “Wie stark ist nicht dein Zauberton” (m. 160) until the end of the act
5. Don Giovanni– Act II Sextet “Sola, sola in buio loco”

EXTRACT III (ROMANTIC)
Prepare one of the following:
1. Puccini: La bohème – Act I up until the entrance of Benoit OR Act IV up until the entrance of Musetta
2. Puccini: Tosca – Act I up until figure 40
3. Puccini: Madama Butterfly – Act I up until Figure 37
4. Verdi: Rigoletto – Act 2 Scena and aria “Povero Rigoletto...Cortigiani, vil razza dannata” AND Act 3 Quartet “Un dì, sebben rammentomi…Bella figlia dell’amore”. (Ricordi Scenes 9 and 12)
5. Bizet: Carmen – Act II, #15 quintet “Nous avons en tête une affaire” AND Act II, #20 trio “Mêlons! – Coupons!”

EXTRACT IV (20th CENTURY)
Prepare one of the following:
1. Ravel: L’enfant et les sortilèges – Fire’s aria (8 before Rehearsal 40 - Rehearsal 48; Durand 25/5/1 – 30/3/4) AND L’heure espagnole – Concepcion’s aria “Oh! La pitoyable aventure!” Scene XVII
2. Poulenc: Les mamelles de Tirésias “Non, Monsieur mon mari” (Act I Scene I from figure 20 - figure 34)
3. Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier – “Wie du warst” from rehearsal 12 to four measures after rehearsal 25
4. Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos – Zerbinetta’s recitative and aria, from 5 before #117 (“So war es mit Pagliazzo”) to #144
5. Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos – Komponist’s aria from from “Sehr lebhaft” (rehearsal 108) until the end of the Prologue.
6. Stravinsky: The Rake’s Progress – “No Word from Tom…I go, I go to him!”