Opera

June 2 - August 4, 2019

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.

2019 Opera Staff

Dean Anthony - Director of Opera

Dorothy Danner - Guest Director

Michael Sakir - Conductor

Kelly Kuo - Conductor

Eileen Downey - Music Director / Chorus Master / Vocal Coach

Andrew Wentzel - Voice Instructor

Caroline Worra - Voice Instructor

Diane Alexander - Voice Instructor

Susanne Marsee - Guest Lecturer


2019 Titles

  • Carlisle Floyd: Susannah (English)
  • Charles Gounod: Roméo et Juliette (French)
  • Johann Strauss, Jr.: Die Fledermaus (English)

Special Performances

  • Opera's Greatest Hits – ensemble pieces from best-loved operas performed with orchestra
  • Season Finale chorus for Mahler's Symphony No. 2 with Maestro Keith Lockhart and the Brevard Music Center Orchestra

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 9, 2019 (Applications accepted until all roles are cast.)


Live Auditions

For a live audition, be prepared to perform:

  • two (2) contrasting arias in Italian, German, French, or English (preferably from the 2019 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 the following cities:

  • Chicago: December 9
  • Boston: December 11
  • New York: December 14, 15, 16
  • Brevard: January 4

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


YouTube Auditions

For YouTube auditions please include the following selections:

  • two (2) contrasting arias in Italian, German, French, or English (preferably from the 2019 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.