Opera

June 7 - August 9, 2020

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.

2020 Opera Staff

Dean Anthony - Director of Opera

Craig Kier - Conductor

Joe Mechavich - Conductor

Diane Alexander - Voice Instructor

Dale Girard - Fight Choreographer

Susanne Marsee - Guest Lecturer

Josh Quinn – Chorus Master / Vocal Coach

John de los Santos - Guest Director

Andrew Wentzel - Voice Instructor

Lindsay Woodward – Chorus Master / Vocal Coach

Caroline Worra - Voice Instructor

Adriana Zabala - Voice Instructor


2020 Titles

  • Georges Bizet: Carmen (French)
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Abduction from the Seraglio (in German, with English dialogue)
  • Mitch Leigh and Joe Darion: Man of La Mancha (English)

Special Performances

  • Opera's Greatest Hits – ensemble pieces from best-loved operas performed with orchestra
  • A Cole Porter Cabaret
  • Season Finale chorus for a concert performance of Beethoven's Fidelio with Maestro Sebastian Lang-Lessing 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 upload a video audition in lieu of a live audition.

All live and recorded auditions will receive full and equal consideration.

Application Deadline: January 10, 2020 (Applications accepted until all roles are cast.)


Live Auditions

For a live audition, be prepared to perform:

  • three (3) contrasting arias in Italian, German, French, or English (one must be in English)
  • one song from the musical theater repertoire
  • a one-minute spoken monologue
  • Note: Please prepare an aria (or arias) from the 2020 season repertoire if you are interested in a specific role.

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

Accompaniment is required for your audition. You may bring your own accompanist or utilize the pianist on site during the auditions for a small fee. 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 7 and 8
  • Boston: December 10 and 11
  • New York: December 13, 14, and 15
  • Brevard: January 6

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


Video Auditions

For recorded (not live) auditions, please include the following selections:

  • two (2) contrasting arias in Italian, German, French, or English (preferably from the 2020 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 in your video.

Student must apply and pay the application fee before their submissions will be reviewed.


Janiec Opera Company Facebook Page

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