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Updated: June, 2021
Hello Friends - this is Debi Wong, Founding Artistic Director of re:Naissance Opera. I am really excited to be posting this new position at re:Naissance. I am including this personal note because as a female-identifying person of colour, I have skimmed job applications at companies I would have loved to work for but have edited myself out because I didn’t feel like I fit the job description well enough.
I wanted to tell you this because I don’t want you to edit yourself out. If working for re:Naissance and supporting our mission and present stage of growth excites you, then we want to hear from you regardless of whether or not you fit the job description.
I take a humans-first approach to everything we do and I know that if it feels like the right fit then we will find the best ways to collaborate even if that means changing the job description.
I love connecting with artists and administrators and I would be honoured to get to know your work.
Audition Call: Did I Just Say That?
Date: Thursday, June 17th, 4:30-7:30
Location: Martha Lou Henley Rehearsal Hall, 1945 McLean Drive, Vancouver, BC
Workshop Dates: August, 6 - 7, 2021
IndieFest Dates: Oct 23 - 30, 2021
Please Note: The audition, workshop, and IndieFest will be held in person and will follow provincial COVID safety protocols.
The 15-minute work depicts two roommates – a white composer and writer of colour – contemplating whether to apply to a new opera competition for women teams. Exploring themes of feminism, racial intersectionality, and what it means to embody artistic risk in a patriarchal society in which women must diminish or silence themselves in order to get ahead, the piece features a “diva-off” that incorporates musical quotes from famous arias as the friends debate the problematic portrayal of racialized women in the classic opera canon. We believe the heart of a diva beats in every social justice warrior’s chest!
Cecilia - white-presenting, any age, a composer and self-proclaimed feminist - COLORATURA
Gabriela - racialized, any age, a writer - MEZZO SOPRANO
Participants should prepare 1 or 2 operatic arias of your choice and 1 excerpt from the score (which will be emailed upon confirmation of audition time). An accompanist is provided, please prepare music sheets by attaching to the submission form.
Submission deadline: Tuesday, June 15, 2021, 5:00 pm.
Submission form: https://form.jotform.com/211514818977263