Here are some plain and simple answers to the questions people are asking. We hope that this helps clear up any concerns or questions you may have, but if you need more information, please contact us directly.
WHAT DO I GET FOR MY MONEY?
When you sing for the NYIOP Auditions you will be singing for casting-level representatives from International opera houses and festivals and others. The auditions are scheduled at certain time intervals but the actual audition process will vary from person to person according to the choices of the attending representative panel. We strive to confirm theaters for each session and list these online, however we can take no responsibility for last-minute cancelations of the confirmed theaters. When a theater cancels we try to replace them as soon as possible. However, the fee for an audition if for the NYIOP Service and does not come with a guaranteed number of theaters in attendance.
HOW MANY ARIAS WILL I SING?
Just like any other audition, you will begin with an aria of your choice. After that, as with any other audition, the attending representatives will choose the subsequent arias they wish to hear, if any. We stress to each member of the panel that any ONE person wishing to hear additional selections has the right to make the request and it will be honored. However, you are never guaranteed two arias – you are guaranteed the audition slot.
WHAT IS YOUR CANCELLATION/REFUND POLICY?
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WILL I RECEIVE ANY FEEDBACK FROM THE ATTENDEES?
We have tried to structure the NYIOP Auditions to provide the maximum flexibility with time, thus making it possible for the panel to give specific feedback to a singer should they choose to do so. Each representative is made aware that feedback is greatly appreciated and they are encouraged to offer any suggestions or impressions to the singer after their audition. In addition, within a day or two following each audition session, each singer or agent is emailed a complete list of the representatives attending their audition with contact information. A singer is welcome and encouraged to follow up and request specific information from each of the representatives attending. Please email us at email@example.com and inquire if you need further information.
CAN THE ATTENDEES CAST ON THE SPOT?
Some can. Some cannot. Each house runs differently and this issue is based solely on the procedures and policies of the house. Anyone attending the NYIOP Auditions must be either the Intendant, Operndirektor or be a direct designee of the house upper management. In many cases, the person coming will indeed have on-the-spot casting ability and in several cases in the past, contracts were indeed offered. In other cases, the person attending can only move you to the final step of a house audition in Europe.
WILL I NEED TO PAY FOR AND BRING MY OWN PIANIST?
We do not cover the cost of audition pianists. However, NYIOP does provide a list of very accomplished pianists from New York City and other cities around the world. Of course, you are welcome to bring your on pianist if you wish.
I AM NOT MANAGED. CAN I STILL AUDITION?
The NYIOP Auditions are open to all singers; managed and unmanaged. All singers who apply to be heard in a NYIOP Preview Audition will be scheduled and these Preview Auditions will be attended by both casting directors and agents – so it is possible that you could get a job AND an agent in your NYIOP Audition!
WHAT DO I DO AFTER THE AUDITIONS?
After the auditions, the representatives from the opera houses will contact singers directly or via their management if they wish to make a contract offer or engage in further discussion. NYIOP is not involved in any way with negotiating contracts.
CAN THE PEOPLE COMING ACTUALLY CAST OR ARE THEY ONLY SECRETARIES? – THE NYIOP CASTING LEVEL COMMITMENT
All of the representatives coming to the final NYIOP Auditions from the houses are casting level representatives and their houses have positions to fill in the current and upcoming seasons. Most of the representatives are in charge of casting hundreds of performances a year and usually stay in the opera business for years to come, so the long-term benefit of singing for these directors can be substantial. Representatives of numerous international opera houses or festivals will attend each audition session. In many cases they are the sole casting authority in the house. In other cases, they are one of several people who have a voice in casting decisions. This varies in each house and there is no certain guarantee that anyone attending, even if they are indeed the sole casting authority, will offer contract “on the spot.” However, during the past NYIOP Auditions, a number of contracts were offered on the spot. Many singers were asked to travel to Europe for a final house audition as a stipulation of being offered a contract.