Washington National Opera

Cafritz Young Artist Program: Pianists (2023-24)

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Deadline(s):
Received By Sun Sep 11, 2022

Please note: this application is for PIANISTS ONLY. If you are interested in applying as a SINGER, please fill out the SINGER application.

We will be holding our annual live audition tour in Washington D.C., New York City, Cincinnati, and Houston. In addition, we will be offering a virtual audition process as an option in lieu of a live audition. Steps are outlined below to guide your understanding of this video audition process, followed by information about our live audition process.

VIRTUAL AUDITIONS

Step 1: Apply to each program as you normally would. Applications are due Sunday, September 11.
Step 2: Notifications of virtual auditions will be sent by Friday, October 14. You will be contacted by a member of our program staff to schedule a 30-minute audition via Zoom or similar remote platform in late October/November.
Step 3: Notifications of live finalist auditions will be sent shortly after the completion of our live audition tour. A select number of candidates will be invited to audition live in DC with proof of vaccination during January or February 2023.

LIVE AUDITIONS (WNO Only)

November 1-3, 2022 in Washington, DC (WNO Studios)
November 6, 2022 in Houston, TX (Rice University)
November 8, 2022 in Cincinnati, OH (CCM Patricia Corbett Theater)
November 28-30, 2022 in New York, NY (Opera America)

Step 1: Apply to the Cafritz Young Artists as you normally would. Applications are due Sunday, September 11Please note that to have a live audition, you must be fully vaccinated (with proof) by your audition date. Anyone who is unable to comply, should chose the video audition option.
Step 2: Notifications of live auditions will be sent by Friday, October 14.
Step 3: Attend your live audition and present the audition monitor with your proof of vaccination. Please see below for a list of audition repertoire.
Step 4: Notifications of live finalist auditions will be sent shortly after the completion of live auditions. A select number of candidates will be invited to audition live in DC with proof of vaccination during January or February 2023.

AUDITION REPERTOIRE: 

• Candidates should 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)
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)
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) 
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!”



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Please give details of three musical authorities (directors, conductors, coaches, teachers) with whom you have worked and who may act as references. Only one of your references may be a piano teacher.
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