ask jenny > What should I wear to an Opera Audition?

I just started reading your blog and love your insight. I have an opera audition coming up and was wondering if you could give me some advice.
What should I wear?
What would YOU sing at your audition?
Do you have any other "tips of the trade" that would be beneficial for me in my FIRST ever Opera audition?
Thanks, your advice is so much appreciated!!!

January 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle Phillips

Well, I'm sure I timed out of this one - you must have had your audition by now - I hope it went well! But this post came only a couple of weeks after my baby was born, so I'm sorry I missed you! In case anyone else is wondering these same things, I'll go ahead and answer now.

My advice about dressing for auditions is this. Wear something that is classic in style, not too fancy but that looks very smart, that fits well, and that lets the singing take center stage. For years I wore a white suit that was very tailored because it was different enough from what other people wore for people to remember me ("you know, the girl in the white suit") but didn't distract from what I was doing. Often I see people who are dressed much too fancy - it's not a concert, and if you are dressed in a gown you look like you are trying too hard. It's best to look very neat and classic in something that fits you, whatever your body type is, very well.

My audition arias were basically as follows:

Parto Parto
Una voce poco fa
Que fais-tu blanche tourterelle or the Violin Aria from Hoffmann
Sein wir wieder gut or Wie du warst
something in English - either one of my Little Women arias, or more recently my aria from Elmer Gantry
something baroque, varied over the years, depending on what opera I was in at the time

My best tip for auditioning is to sing what you love, and sing with passion and intention. The best way to stand out is to find something you are good at and do it. Best of luck to all of you!

June 22, 2013 | Registered CommenterJenny