Equilibrium will be holding general auditions in 2017 for concert and opera performances in the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons. Barbara will be hearing artists primarily for The Rake’s Progress.

“I am genuinely interested in hearing who is out there, to develop a pool of singers from which, as conductor and programmer, I can draw soloists for various organisations and engagements. An elite squad, if you will. I am looking for singers who have professional solo experience; Equilibrium should not be your first step on the professional stage. I also will open up my concert and opera rehearsals to these singers to observe, and possibly cover roles. Those auditioning can have professional management or not. The singers will be paid by the orchestral organizations.”

Pre-audition Requirements

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    A high quality, pre-screening video that best represents your artistry, one piece or a selection.
    The video should be a maximum of 10 minutes and should be no older than one year, preferably as recent as possible.
    The video should be uploaded to YouTube, saved as ‘public’ or ‘unlisted’; or on Vimeo, saved as ‘public’ or ‘private’ with a password.

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    Personal letter

    A short, personal letter to Barbara about yourself and work.
    Write about why this mentorship interests you and explain your process of learning repertoire.
    The letter should be no more than one page.

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    Resume / CV

    Your resume or curriculum vitae.

Submitting materials

All three requested materials: your video link, personal letter, and resume, should be included in one email, with the clear heading of: EQUILIBRIUM AUDITION, name, voice type and audition city.

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If you are selected to audition, you will perform in person for Barbara and possible guests.
There is no application fee for the auditions. A pianist will be provided.


The pre-audition process is open. We expect applications no later than two weeks before the specific audition date of your audition city.

Audition Cities

The first series of auditions will be held in the following cities:

STOCKHOLM – 25 March 2017
ZURICH – 3 April 2017
PARIS – 14 and 15 April 2017
LONDON – 22 and 23 June 2017

All locations TBA

The Paris (14 & 15 April) and London (22 & 23 June) audition dates are primarily for casting The Rake’s Progress.
Anyone applying for Paris or London is required to sing an aria from The Rake’s Progress UNLESS you are auditioning for Mother Goose, Sellem, or Father Trulove. In which case, you may sing something appropriate to those roles.
All sopranos are required to sing Anne’s Aria and Cabaletta;
tenors: one of Tom’s arias;
baritones/bass-baritones: one of Nick Shadow’s arias;
mezzos: Baba the Turk’s aria.

Barbara Hannigan

Barbara Hannigan is known worldwide as a soprano of vital expressive force directed by exceptional technique.
She divides her time between singing on the world’s major stages and conducting leading orchestras.

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“I am searching for musicians with a sense of individual drive, who have great passion and curiosity for their musical path, and of course, the voice and technique to go with it.”

Equilibrium’s Aesthetic


Equilibrium’s first project will be three semi-staged performances of The Rake’s Progress with Gothenburg Symphony in December 2018, conducted by Barbara Hannigan.

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