Opera

June 3 - August 5, 2018

Dean Anthony, Director of Opera

Each summer the opera program at the Brevard Music Center enrolls approximately 30 singers who, together, constitute the Janiec Opera Company.

Some hallmarks of the Janiec Opera Company:

  • Roles are sung by students.
  • All productions are fully staged.
  • All productions utilize professional directors, designers, costumers, etc.
  • All mainstage productions are presented with orchestra.

2018 Opera Staff

Dean Anthony - Director of Opera

Crystal Manich - Guest Director

Michael Sakir - Conductor

Craig Kier - Conductor

Eileen Downey - Chorus Master / Vocal Coach

Andrew Wentzel - Voice Instructor

Caroline Worra - Voice Instructor

Daniel Mobbs - Voice Instructor

Susanne Marsee - Guest Lecturer


2018 Titles

  • Giacomo Puccini: Madama Butterfly
  • Gioachino Rossini: La Cenerentola
  • Leonard Bernstein: Candide

Special Performances

  • Opera's Greatest Hits – ensemble pieces from best-loved operas performed with orchestra
  • Side by Side by Sondheim
  • Season Finale street singers / chorus for Leonard Bernstein's Mass with Maestro Keith Lockhart

Other Program Features

  • Daily opera and movement classes which comprehend a wide range of performance and professional matters
  • Coaching in style, diction, acting, musicianship, and movement
  • Audition-style workshop classes with professional staff
  • Masterclasses with faculty and other renowned visiting professionals
  • Concert, recital, and outreach performances for local and regional communities

The Porter Center

Brevard's mainstage opera productions and special concerts are presented in the Porter Center at Brevard College.


Audition Requirements

Admission into the Opera Company is determined by audition. Brevard Music Center encourages applicants to audition in person if possible, but applicants may choose to post a video to YouTube in lieu of a live audition.

All live and recorded auditions will receive full and equal consideration. Application deadline: January 16, 2018


Live Auditions

For a live audition, be prepared to perform:

  • contrasting arias in Italian, German, French, or English (preferably from the 2018 season repertoire)
  • one song from the musical theater repertoire
  • a one-minute spoken monologue
  • Note: Please prepare an aria (or arias) from the posted season repertoire if you are interested in a specific role.

Upload a headshot and a current resume. Bring with you an audition repertoire list.

Accompaniment is required for your audition. You may bring your own accompanist or utilize the pianist on site during the auditions. There is no need to contact the pianist in advance. The Admissions Office will send details regarding the pianist(s) several days before your audition date, in addition to other pertinent information.

Live auditions will take place in:

  • Brevard: December 2
  • Bloomington: December 9
  • Boston: December 12 and 13
  • New York: December 15, 16, and 17

Students must apply and pay the $75 application fee to reserve an audition time.


YouTube Auditions

For YouTube auditions please include the following selections:

  • contrasting arias in Italian, German, French, or English (preferably from the 2018 season repertoire)
  • one song from the musical theater repertoire
  • a one-minute spoken monologue
  • Note: Please prepare an aria (or arias) from the posted season repertoire if you are interested in a specific role.

Accompaniment is required.

In addition to your audition, please upload an 8"x10" photograph, a current resume, and a list of the repertoire included on your video.

Do not submit a YouTube video or any other material before applying.


Janiec Opera Company Facebook Page

For more information please visit the Janiec Opera Company Facebook Page.