by Tom Cipullo
Casting Older Thompson in Glory Denied by Tom Cipullo, based on the oral biography of the same name by Thomas Philpott, fully staged with chamber orchestra November 13/14, 2015.
On Tuesday March 10th, Chelsea Opera will audition and hear BARITONES for the role of Older Thompson in its critically acclaimed revival production of Glory Denied by Tom Cipullo (performances Nov 13/14, 2015). Performed with the Chelsea Opera Chamber Orchestra, Samuel McCoy, Principal Conductor and stage direction by Lynne Hayden-Findlay.
$200 per performance fee. No covers.
Please submit resume, headshot and mp3 recording of a LIVE performance or video link as attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Monday, March 2, 2015. It is recommended, however, that materials be sent in as soon as possible to allow singers time to learn the required audition material.
Singers being considered for Older Thompson will be asked to present two memorized excerpts from the opera which will be provided to those invited to sing.
Audition time: Tuesday, March 10, time tba.
Audition location: Christ and Saint Stephen’s Church - 120 West 69th Street, NYC (between Broadway and Columbus).
A pianist will be provided at no cost to you, or you may bring your own.
Auditions are by invitation only. Local singers preferred as no housing or transportation provided.
Managed or unmanaged singers welcome but must be of professional caliber. A strong dramatic sense is as important as quality of voice. Applicants must affirm they are available through the entire rehearsal period (Oct 5-10, individual coachings, Oct 12-Nov 12, evening rehearsals, performances Nov 13/14, 2015). All conflicts must be listed and approved by Company in advance. (All rehearsal dates are tentative and subject to confirmation.)
Older Thompson (high baritone) – 40's but appears older when he emerges after 9 years of imprisonment (including 5 years in solitary) that included torture and malnutrition. He returned to a changed and very unfamiliar world, to a wife no longer dependent on him, and to a country that barely acknowledged the sacrifices he made.
Older Thompson - range: B 2 – G 4
tessitura: D 3 – B 3 and F 3 – E 4
The role of Older Alyce may be precast. However, sopranos interested in the role should send their materials and will be notified in time to prepare the required excerpts should we open auditions for that role.
Older Alyce – range: A 3 – C 6
tessitura: F 4 – F 6
The roles of Younger Alyce and Younger Thompson have been cast.
If you are unable to submit materials by email, please mail them to:
Chelsea Opera/Auditions Coordinator
P.O. Box 277 - Old Chelsea Station
New York NY 10113-0277
Materials must be received no later than March 2, 2015.
Click here for audio sample from Fort Worth Opera’s 2013 production featuring Michael Mayes (Older Thompson), David Blalock (Younger Thompson), Sydney Mancasola (Younger Alyce), conducted by Tyson Deaton.
Location of performances:
St. Peter’s Church in Chelsea 346 W 20th Street, NYC (between 8th/9th Ave.)