Auditions for our first season drew over 350 online applicants from 39 countries. Live auditions were held for selected applicants in Stockholm, Zurich, Paris and London between March and June 2017. I was thrilled to meet such an array of talent and originality! One of my goals was to find out “who is out there”, and that goal was most certainly met!! For me personally, the auditions were a huge learning experience, both in watching and listening to the auditions, and in post audition talkback sessions, where we sat in a group of 5 or 6, discussing a range of topics from vocal health, courage, loneliness, performance anxiety, different ways to learn and memorize music, choosing repertoire, staying fit, and schedules.
From the very first auditions in Stockholm (March 2017), Accentus films has been on board, led by director/producer Maria Stodtmeijer and her crew. Maria’s work includes the film Maestras – The Long Journey of Women to the Podium, selected for FIFA 2017. The audition and selection process has been filmed and Maria and her team will stay with us through the rehearsal and performance process.
I can’t yet announce all the performance details, but I am eager to introduce our first season’s team. So, every few days we’ll post information on a few more of the singers who will be involved either in The Rake’s Progress or the Requiem project.