PURPOSE SATURDAY, MARCH 7, 2015 JACKSON SYMPHONY HALL JACKSON, MICHIGAN A Competition In Which Operatically Trained Singers Prove They Can Entertain APPLICATION BOOKLET AND ENTRY FORM The Harold Haugh Light Opera Vocal Competition was formed to honor one of the finest Oratorio Tenors and stage performers of the last century, Harold Alberto Haugh. Upon retirement in 1960, he became active in local theater and starred in six productions for the Comic Opera Guild. Educator (for 34 years) and performer, Prof. Haugh died in 2000, aged 94. RULES The Harold Haugh Light Opera Vocal Competition has no top age limit. It is open to all singers who are not professionally represented (under management). The competition is also intended to promote the variety of fine music produced by the composers of Light Opera. Singers can choose music from Pergolesi to Franz Lehar, Mozart to Romberg, from Elixir of Love to Show Boat (see “Light Opera Repertory” on page 5). APPLICATIONS Please use the application form included with this booklet, and submit it with the following materials: • A good quality AUDIO CASSETTE or CD demonstrating the applicant’s vocal skill. Applicant must include two selections on the tape. The selections should be: 1. A song or solo from the light opera repertoire, showing style 2. An aria from opera or oratorio, showing technique Selections must be well-recorded and clear. A poor recording will be rejected. • A RECENT PHOTOGRAPH (8 x 10 preferred, 4 x 6 acceptable) • A CHECK FOR $40 made out to the Comic Opera Guild, as an audition/application fee and guarantee of appearance. Send all this information in a single envelope to: Harold Haugh Light Opera Vocal Competition c/o The Comic Opera Guild 3211 Packard Ann Arbor, MI 48108 All submissions must be received (postmarked) by: FEBRUARY 2, 2015. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. Contestants’ recordings will be adjudicated, and contestants will be notified by mail, or e-mail if they desire, if they have been accepted for the semi-final rounds by FEBRUARY 14, 2015. Audition times are assigned on a first- come, first-served basis. 1 The Harold Haugh Light Opera Vocal Competition is operated by the Comic Opera Guild, a semi-professional lyric theater company that has performed in the Ann Arbor area (and toured Michigan/Ohio) for over forty years. The Guild is dedicated to promoting and continuing the tradition of classic musical theater, which is both vocally challenging and appropriate for aspiring vocal professionals. It is also sponsored by the Jackson Symphony Orchestra, the Ella Sharp Museum of Art and History, and by many donors in the Jackson area. WHAT WINS THIS COMPETITION? Because many talented singers diminished of their chances winning by not preparing for it as well as others, we felt it was important to make some recommendations so that you have the best possible chance of winning a prize. n SEND A GOOD QUALITY RECORDING. We expect to have more applicants than we have places for. If we can’t tell the quality of your voice, you may not make it to the semifinals. Make sure the miking is not distant, and that there is no distortion or background noise. SELECTIONS NEED NOT BE THE SAME AS YOU WILL BE SINGING. Listen to your recording before you send it in. Rerecord it if necessary. n CHOOSE THREE SONGS CAREFULLY. You MUST have THREE songs prepared. You will sing a technical and a light opera selection in both the semis and the finals. Your technical selection should show your vocal ability, including range, flexibility, tone, diction, intonation, phrasing, and pronunciation (in the case of foreign language). Your light opera selection(s) must show acting, creativity, use of the stage, and personality. If chosen for the finals, you must sing one selection not used in the semi-finals. n CHOOSE THE RIGHT SONGS. Will your technical selection will impress the screening committee and the judges? It needs to show that you have the chops to compete with the level of talent that enters this competition. As for the light opera selection, many singers seem to have trouble choosing an appropriate number because they don't know the repertory. Don't let this hamper you. If you don’t know what light opera is, ask someone—your vocal coach preferably, or see SHOWSTOPPERS (page 5). We feel every singer needs to have a show-stopping light opera selection in his or her repertory. If you don't, now's the time to add one. It will be useful in concerts and auditions to come. n SELL YOUR LIGHT OPERA SONG. Light opera is all about entertainment. Good singing alone is not enough. Whether the subject is comedy, romance or anything else, put some time into staging it for yourself. Practice singing your song silently in front of a mirror. Would you “get” the idea of your song from this? If not, keep working. n DRESS APPROPRIATELY. You are performing onstage, so make sure you look good to the judges. They can be critical of appearance. You don’t need a “costume.” n PREPARE YOUR ACCOMPANIST. If you’re requesting our accompanist, you must send us the sheet music for your songs so your accompanist can prepare it. If your pianist has to sight-read at the competition, you're taking an unnecessary chance. n SAVE YOUR BEST FOR LAST. Make sure you have chosen a knockout selection for the finals. You may re-sing one of your semi-final selections in the finals, either technical or light opera. n RE-READ THE RULES. You’d be surprised how many intelligent singers do something silly because they don’t read carefully. 2 SEMI-FINALS REQUIRED FOR FINALS: Singers chosen for the semi-final round will be invited by mail or e-mail to compete in Jackson. Singers must prepare THREE SONGS, two of which will be sung in the semi-finals. Directions to the SEMI-FINALS, held at the Symphony Hall, 215 West Michigan Ave, Jackson, MI will be sent with semi-finalist notification. The semi-finals will be scheduled from 10 am to 5 pm, Saturday, March 7, 2015. If you ask for a specific singing time, we will make every effort to honor your request. Preference will be given to those traveling greater distances to the competition. Singing times, once assigned, cannot be changed. REQUIRED FOR SEMI-FINALS: • TWO SONGS OR ARIAS, ONE FROM THE LIGHT OPERA REPERTORY, AND ONE OF YOUR CHOICE, FROM MEMORY These selections will be performed in front of an audience as well as the judges. You will be judged on the combination of ARTISTIC INTERPRETATION and TECHNICAL SKILL (see Required for Semi-finals). You will be judged on the appropriateness of your selections for a light opera competition. You should expect to entertain. You will also receive credit for attire and the way in which you engage the audience’s attention. You will sing two selections, one from LIGHT OPERA and one of your choice. It is suggested that you sing the light opera selection last. NOTE: You may re-sing one selection (either TECHNICAL or LIGHT OPERA) from the semi-final round, but the other must be new. ARTISTIC INTERPRETATION (50%) • ONE ARIA FROM THE LIGHT OPERA REPERTORY, FROM MEMORY. The light opera repertory requires acting ability in equal proportion to vocal skill. This makes it potentially more difficult than opera. You will be judged on your ability to “sell” this song. Original language or English translations are allowed. The vocal difficulty of this selection is not the primary consideration. You will be judged on the appropriateness of your movement, attire, expression and use of the stage. You may use small props. All finalists are asked to authorize the recording of the final concert, including their performance, as well as the use of their photograph solely for the promotional use of the HHLOVC. TECHNICAL SKILL (50%) 2015 PRIZES • ONE ARIA FROM OPERA OR ORATORIO, FROM MEMORY. English translations are allowed. This selection should show the highest level of technical skill you have attained. It need not be musically complex, but should show skills such as accurate intonation, range, power and agility, as well as the pure beauty of your voice. Prizes will be awarded (by check) from the Harold Haugh competition fund. The first place winner will receive $2500; Second place will be awarded $1500; Third place will be awarded $750. All other finalists will win $200. There will also be the awarding of the Roger Wertenberger Prize (an audience choice award). A Young Singer Award of $200, given to a promising singer below the age of 21, may be awarded. In addition, Jackson Symphony conductor Steve Osmond will award a $500 contract to the singer of his choice for a future contract to sing with the Symphony. Please note that the last three awards are independent of the main cash awards. All entrants, including those not chosen for the semi-finals, will be mailed judges’ written comments. Finalists and semi-finalists will be critiqued by the adjudication panel. Singers will be judged on both vocal technique and artistic presentation. Please note: • Your selections in the semi-final round need not be the same as the selections on your application recording, which must include one from the Light opera repertory. You may re-sing one of your semi-final selections in the finals, should you reach them. One of the selections for the finals, however, must also be from the LIGHT OPERA REPERTORY. (see page 5) FINALS Finalists, announced after semi-final round, will be presented in public concert for final adjudication on Saturday evening, March 7 at 7:30 pm, at the Jackson Symphony Hall. Finalists will be posted at the end of the semi-final round, and singers are expected to determine if they are finalists. Instructions on rehearsal time and call time for concert will be given. Order of performance will be chosen at random. Finalists who use an accompanist provided by COG may be able to arrange time to rehearse for the public concert, if a piano room is available between the semi-finals and the finals, and the accompanist is available. Other finalists may also request piano time, but priority will be given to those with COG-provided accompanists. No rehearsal is guaranteed. 3 It is important to understand that technical skill alone will not win this competition. You will be in a theatrical setting and your goal is to act and sing in a way that makes your performance memorable. ACCOMPANISTS Contestants are responsible for securing their accompanists. If you do not have one available, one will be provided for a fee of $50. If you require an accompanist, please check the appropriate box on your application, include the fee in your application total. You must also send a copy of your music with your application for the Guild accompanist to review. If you have any special instructions on your interpretation, attach them to the music. In the event a contestant doesn’t make the semi-final rounds, the accompanist fee will be returned with notification of same. Several semi-private warm-up rooms with pianos will be available to singers and their accompanists prior to auditions. Every effort will be made to give the maximum amount of time to each contestant, although we cannot guarantee equal time or space for all. It is your responsibility to have completed rehearsal prior to competition day. Guild accompanists are skilled professionals who will give you accurate accompaniment if you provide them with the music of your selections prior to the competition. 4 LIGHT OPERA REPERTOIRE JUDGING PANEL Light Opera as a genre stretches over at least three centuries. The subject matter is typically humorous, romantic or a combination of both, and usually non-tragic. Not only is this repertoire more suited to lighter or younger voices, but, in the acting skills it demands, it is preparation for attaining the highest dramatic level of opera. It is set apart from musical comedy only in the need for classical training in the singer. For purposes of the competition, selections from musical comedy may not be as effective if they do not require operatic vocal skills. The Comic Opera Guild is a resource for sheet music in this genre. George Shirley is The Joseph Edgar Maddy Distinguished University Professor of Music (Voice) and Professor Emeritus at The University of Michigan School of Music. Mr. Shirley’s career as a lead tenor is world-renowned. Sample composers of the genre are given below. Keep in mind that not all compositions by these composers fall into the light opera repertory. If you have questions about a selection, you may inquire by contacting the Guild at (734) 9733264 or at [email protected] GERMAN/VIENNESE FRENCH Johann Strauss Jacques Offenbach Oscar Straus Adolph Adam Franz Lehar Ambroise Thomas Franz Von Suppe Francoise Boieldieu Wolfgang Mozart Charles Lecocq Emmerich Kalman Robert Planquette Friedrich Von Flotow Daniel Auber AMERICAN ITALIAN Victor Herbert Giacomo Rossini Sigmund Romberg Gaetano Donizetti Rudolf Friml Giovanni Pergolesi Leonard Bernstein Jerome Kern ENGLISH Gilbert and Sullivan Wm. Michael Balfe Edward German Alfred Cellier CZECH Antonin Dvorak Bedrich Smetana SPANISH Tomas Breton Jose Serrano Ruperto Chapi AUDITION LIGHT OPERA SHOWSTOPPERS Nada Radakovich earned her living as a professional singer for 25 years in both the United States and Europe. She is co-author of the book, "Auditioning in the 21st Century". Nada completed two National Tours with Columbia Artists' Community Concerts series and was the recipient of the "Outstanding Young Artist Award 2001," Hamburg, Germany. Carmen Pelton, soprano, has been honored with two Grammy Awards during her years of performances with leading opera, Equity, Off-Broadway, early and new music groups in the U.S. and abroad. Ms. Pelton is Associate Professor of Music in Voice at the University of Michigan and a recipient of the Harold Haugh Studio Teaching Award at the School of Music, Theatre and Dance. Melanie Helton is associate professor of voice (soprano) and director of the MSU Opera Theatre at the Michigan State University College of Music. She has sung leading roles at many of the world’s famous opera houses, including the New York City Opera, Teatro Colon, Houston Grand Opera and Seattle Opera David Troiano, Tenor, Organist and Choral Director has appeared in operas, oratorios and voice recitals throughout the USA, Canada, Mexico, Bahamas, and Europe. He has been COG music director for five operettas and can be heard on the majority of the 40 plus recordings of the VIctor Herbert Operettas and Jerome Kern Musicals. Thomas Petiet, Managing Director of the Comic Opera Guild, has produced more than 50 operettas. His vocal reper- tory includes lead roles in over 30 operas and operettas, and he has also worked as stage director and translator. COMPETITION STAFF John Guidinger Brad Rondeau Heidi Miles Margaret Counihan Thomas Petiet (see bio above) If you want to study the light opera repertoire in order to choose a selection that might be right for you, go to http://comicoperaguild.org/PAGES/VOCAL-COMPETITION.html and click on the SHOWSTOPPERS link to download a list of great numbers. Included with each is a link to a performance of the number on YouTube for you to audition. WINNERS The winners of awards in the Harold Haugh Light Opera Vocal Competition will be announced after the adjudication at the public concert. Cash awards will be made at this time. All winners are requested to credit their final award in the “Harold Haugh Light Opera Vocal Competition” in their biographies and resumés following the competition. Press releases will be submitted to area newspapers, as well as to news media in the award winners’ cities. Award winners will be asked to provide information on their local media to which a release may be sent. Please note: The judges reserve the right to withhold any and all prizes, to award honorable mentions and to decide on the size and distribution of prizes. Their decisions are final. ENJOY THE DAY The competition provides a catered lunch and dinner at a local restaurant for all contestants. Following the competition, a reception will be held, at which contestants can meet and greet the judges and competition staff, as well as talk with fellow singers. 5 2001 COMPETITION WINNERS Michael Ryan, Tenor “Fritz’s Rondo” La Grande Duchesse (Offenbach) Pei-Yi Wang, mezzo-soprano“Una Voce Poco Fa” Barber of Seville (Rossini) 2003 COMPETITION WINNERS Michael Gallant, Tenor “Kleinzach” Tales of Hoffman (Offenbach) Jessica Medoff, soprano “Czardas” Die Fledermaus (Johann Strauss) 2005 COMPETITION WINNERS William Bennett, Baritone “Largo al Factotum” Barber of Seville (Rossini) Kimberly Dolanski, soprano “Glitter and be Gay” Candide (Bernstein) 2006 COMPETITION WINNERS Sara Asmar, soprano “Olympia's Song” Tales of Hoffman (Offenbach) Nathan Brian, baritone “Come Un Ape” La Cenerentola (Rossini) 2008 COMPETITION WINNERS Elizabeth Zharoff, soprano “Adele's Audition Aria" Die Fledermaus (Strauss) Nathaniel Peake, tenor “Dein Ist Mein ganzes Herz” Land of Smiles (Lehar) COMIC OPERA GUILD BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2009 COMPETITION WINNERS Travis Pratt, baritone “It Aint Necessarily So” Porgy and Bess (Gershwin) Adam Fry, baritone “Quand La Flamme” La Jolie Fille du Perth (Bizet) Carrie Winter, soprano “So Anch’io la Virtu” Don Pasquale (Donizetti) 2011 COMPETITION WINNERS Jenni Bank, mezzo-soprano “I Am Easily Assimilated” Candide (Bernstein) Caitlin Cisler, soprano “Glitter and be Gay” Candide (Bernstein) Kathryn Leemhuis, soprano, “What A Movie.” Trouble in Tahiti (Bernstein) James Cavalcoli, President Robert Seeman, Vice President Patricia Petiet, Secretary J.B. Harris John Guidinger Sara Mayman George Valenta, Treasurer Faith Demorest. ex officio Brad Rondeau. ex officio Thomas Petiet, Managing Director 2012 COMPETITION WINNERS Kate Tombaugh, Mezzo-Soprano “Sexy Lady” (Moore) Rainelle Krause, soprano “Olympia’s Song” Tales of Hoffman (Offenbach) John Riesen,Tenor, and Laura Strikling, soprano (tie) 2013 COMPETITION WINNERS John Riesen,Tenor, “Legend Of Kleinzach” Tales of Hoffman (Offenbach) Anne Slovin, soprano “A Simple Sailor” HMS Pinafore (Sullivan) Timothy Bruno, bass, “Wie Will Ich Triumphieren” Entfuhrung (Mozart) 2014 COMPETITION WINNERS Edward Hanlon, bass “Son Imbrogliato” La Serva Padrona (Persolesi) Rachel Sparrow, soprano ““Glitter and Be Gay” Candide (Bernstein) Allan Chan, tenor ““A Wand’ring Minstrel I” The Mikado (Sullivan) 6 APPLICATION FORM Please complete both sides, detach and mail. Be sure to provide ALL information requested. Name _____________________________________________________________ Current address____________________________________________________ BIOGRAPHY: 70 Words or less. Please type or write in the space below or on a separate sheet, and include your voice type (soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone, bass) If no biography is included, only your name, voice type, and city will be displayed. City, State, Zip______________________________________________________ Home Phone (____)________________ Cell Phone (____)__________________ Email___________________________ Fax No. (if any)____________________ Voice Classification_____________________ Age (as of 3/7/15)_____________ ❑ I wish to receive Semi-finalist status results by E-mail ❑ I will bring my own accompanist ❑ I require an accompanist. Include $50.00 accompanist fee ❑ I have included information and/or music for my selections Application Fee $40.00 Accompanist Fee $50.00 TOTAL FEE(S) ENCLOSED $__________________ List the two selections you will be performing if selected for the semi-final round. Please include title, show and composer. List the additional selection you will perform if chosen for the finals. Please include title, show and composer. FOR OFFICE USE ONLY Date Rcvd________________ ❑ Check ❑ Rec. ❑ Photo Email y____ n____ Sent y____ n____ Aud. Time _______________ Confirmed y____ n____ 7 Please include this form with the other required materials (sound recording, check, photo) Send the above in one envelope to: Harold Haugh Light Opera Vocal Competition c/o The Comic Opera Guild 3211 Packard Ann Arbor, MI 48108 POSTMARK DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS MONDAY, FEB. 2, 2015. MATERIALS WILL NOT BE RETURNED.
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