Q. When are the auditions?
A. The 2013-14 District auditions will be held on Saturday, October 19th, 2013 at Harris Theatre, Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts in Brookfield, WI.
Q. Where do I send my application?
A. We are requesting that all applications be submitted electronically. Please click on the Application link at the top of the page for more information.
Q. Is there a deadline for applications?
A. Yes. District materials must be received by Monday, September 30th, 2013. Due to time constraints we need to limit the number of singers to 40. It is therefore strongly suggested that you submit your materials as soon as possible as applications will be processed in the order that they are received.
Q. How do I get to Harris Theatre at the Wilson Center?
A. Please click here for directions.
Q. I have friends and family that would like to see the auditions, do I need tickets?
A. No. The auditions are free and open to the public.
Q. What time do I need to be at the auditions and where do I go?
A. You will receive an email from the District Co-Directors with all the pertinent information approximately 2 weeks before the auditions.
Q. What do I wear for the District Auditions?
A. It is suggested that all contestants dress as if they were singing a mainstage audition. Suits and ties or sport coats and ties for the men and dresses or pants suits for the women.
Q. Will there be a place and time to warm up?
A. Yes. You will be assigned a warm-up room approx. 30 minutes prior to your audition. Ten minutes before your audition the rehearsal room chairman will have someone take you to the back stage waiting area. We have very limited space for warm-ups, we can only guarantee 20 minutes for each contestant, please plan accordingly.
Q. Can I bring my own accompanist?
A. Yes, however, the District provides two excellent accompanists at no cost to the singer. You must let us know if you plan on bringing your own.
Q. Can I change my arias from my original list?
A. Yes, you can change your arias right up to the day of the auditions. The District Co-Directors will be in contact with you approximately one week before the auditions for your latest aria list. If your arias change after that, please bring 5 copies of the new aria list noting the five arias you are prepared to sing to the auditions. Include the opera and the composer for each aria.
Q. When will the results be announced?
A. The judges will deliberate immediately following the last singer. It is possible that the judges will ask to hear “call-backs”. The judges’ decisions will be announced in the Harris Theatre approximately 45-60 minutes after the last singer is heard.
Q. Will I have an opportunity to speak with the judges about my performance?
A. Yes. After the results are announced, you will have one of the most valuable benefits of the auditions – a chance to speak with each judge one on one. We will schedule the interviews in the same order as you sang.
Q. How many singers advance to the Regional Auditions?
A. There is no preset number of winners. The judges will select as many or as few contestants as they deem qualified to advance.
Q. If I advance, what is the date and where are the Regional Auditions?
A. The Upper Midwest Regional Auditions take place on February 1st, 2014 at the Ordway Center in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Q. If I advance in the Regional, what is the date and where are the National Auditions?
A. The Semi-Final National Auditions take place on March 23rd, 2014 at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The Grand Finals are the following week on March 30th, 2014.
Q. How do I receive information about the auditions and other events sponsored by the Wisconsin District?
A. Contact Kathy Pyeatt at (414) 881.8766 or email:firstname.lastname@example.org