Auditions Muziektheater Transparant

Muziektheater Transparant is holding auditions in January and February 2015 for young singers and instrumentalists (ages 15 to 25) for a youth opera project in August 2015 which will be directed by Wouter Van Looy and conducted by Nicolas Achten.

In bocca al lupo is the title of the project for which Muziektheater Transparant is seeking young singers and musicians. Over an intensive two-week creative period they will be introduced to the world of baroque music and music theatre. They will become closely involved in all aspects of the staging, receive thorough training in baroque music and gain performance experience in a professional setting. It is a learning process in the context of creating a musical piece.

Every year the project attracts dozens of young singers and musicians from around the world to deSingel in Antwerp. The project is a select opportunity for discovering and developing your talent in a stimulating environment. Over the years many young singers and musicians have moved on from our course into professional opera, music theatre or concert performances. The performance itself has received a rapturous welcome and been invited to many festivals (Theaterfestival, YO! Festival) and theatres, both in Belgium and further afield.

The theme for 2015 has been inspired by the image of the wolf – its talent at hiding, sowing panic and striking back. What does it mean to be a wolf on the scene, as an artist, a singer or musician? What tracks can we leave behind and how do we attack? In our cultivated art can we still connect with the animal hidden within us, with our powers of old?

The early Italian baroque music of Monteverdi, Sances, Frescobaldi, Cavalieri and others will be used to explore this theme, with the musical and theatrical wealth of the compositions giving us the freedom to determine the repertoire according to the specificity of the project, the selected theme and the potential of the participants.

The project has carved out a niche for itself on deSingel and is a fixture of the arts campus, with deSingel opening its season with the project's performance. Fondation Royaumont, Scherzi Musicali, Royal Conservatoire Antwerp and Royal Conservatoire The Hague have partnered in the project and in selecting the participants.

Multi-instrumentalist, singer and artistic director of Scherzi Musicali, Nicolas Achten will be overseeing the musical direction. Together with his company, Fanny & Alexander, he has been a welcome guest on many stages around the world. This year he will be conducting Mozart's Magic Flute for Teatro Comunale di Bologna.

A Muziektheater Transparant project, together with deSingel International Arts Campus, Fondation Royaumont, Scherzi Musicali, Royal Conservatoire The Hague and Royal Conservatoire Antwerp.

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