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Auditions for A Masked Ball


27th March 2022 by

Bristol Opera plans to perform Giuseppe Verdi’s  “A Masked Ball” on the 2 July 2022. The opera combines political intrigue, forbidden love and assassination, and is loosely based on an 1833 play, about the assassination of King Gustav III of Sweden, who was shot while attending a masked ball.

Auditions will be on Sunday, the 3nd of April, from 1:30pm at St Andrews Church, Elm Park, Filton, Bristol BS34 7PS. If you are interested in any of the parts, could you please let us know soon. If you cannot do the 3rd of April you can also audition on at a Thursday rehearsal.

RoleVoice type
Riccardo, Earl of Warwick and governor of Bostontenor
Amelia, wife of Renato, in love with Riccardosoprano
Renato, husband of Amelia and Riccardo’s secretary, best friend and confidantbaritone
Oscar, Riccardo’s pagesoprano
Ulricacontralto
A judgetenor or soprano
Silvanobass or alto/mezzo
Amelia’s servanttenor or soprano
Samuelbass
Tombass

Audition pieces are based on the Ricordi score, available on IMSLP [Under “Vocal Scores]. For the performances we will be using a translation by Graham Billing, copies can be obtained at rehearsals.

The audition pieces will be

  • RICCARDO [Tenor] pages 249 to 254
  • RENATO [Baritone] pages 209 to 215
  • AMELIA [Soprano] pages 134 to 141
  • OSCAR [Coloratura Soprano] pages 28 to 32
  • ULRICA [Mezzo-Soprano] pages 50 to 53
  • SAMUEL & TOM [Basses] pages 7 to 10

The parts Silvano, High Court Judge, and Amelia’s Servant can audition with a small piece of their choice which does not need to be from this opera.

Company members, please contact a member of the committee to arrange an audition time. If you are not a company member, please use the membership email address on the website. Please note there will a non-refundable audition fee of £10, to be paid before the audition for non company members.