When William Florescu, Florentine Opera's General Director, speaks about auditions, we listen. A recent post on his blog, the Opera Audition, is a must read short list of things to avoid in the audition room this audition season. Any others you'd like to add?
William Florescu became the General Director of Milwaukee’s Florentine Opera Company in May of 2005. From 1999 until early 2005, he was the General Director of Lake George Opera in Saratoga Springs, New York. Previously, he served as General Director of the Columbus Light Opera. While in Ohio, he was also Associate Dean and Director of Opera/Musical Theatre at the Capital University Conservatory of Music, and served a season as Assistant Artistic Director for Iowa’s Dorian Opera Theatre. He has worked frequently as a stage director and has appeared on the operatic and concert stages, so his perspective on the audition and career process comes from a multi-faceted background with many years of experience. He is also a frequent judge of vocal competitions and presenter of masterclasses, and he is currently working on a book about auditioning in opera for young singers. Bill keeps a blog entitled the Opera Audition , in which he regularly shares his insights on auditioning and the opera landscape.