The American opera singer and the German opera system

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
William R. Martin (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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William McIver

Abstract: Every year a large number of American singers undertake an audition trip to Germany at great expense in pursuit of careers as opera singers. Unfortunately, many of these singers arrive uninformed and poorly prepared for the audition process. The main purpose of this study is to ascertain the criteria used by German theatrical agents and administrators in German opera houses in evaluating and hiring American singers. The study augments the existing body of knowledge by providing information gathered exclusively from: (1) theater personnel involved with engaging singers, i.e., Intendanten (General Managers), Generalmusikdirektoren (GMD) (Head Musical Directors), and Oberspielleiter (Head Stage Directors); and (2) several of the main theatrical agents whose decisions have a major impact on the audition and placement process. Specific information and recommendations on auditioning procedures and preparation pertaining to German theaters is provided. It is hoped that such information will assist the American singer in understanding the German opera system, especially with regard to beginning one's career through auditions.

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Language: English
Date: 1993
Opera producers and directors $z Germany $x Attitudes
Singers $x Employment $z Germany

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