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THE SCOOP | Against The Grain Seeks Singers To Participate In Global Virtual Chorus

By Michael Vincent on November 21, 2017

Singers from around the world are being asked to submit videos for an innovative opera co-production involving Against the Grain Theatre, Opera Columbus, and the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.

Taking a card from the user-generated Virtual Choir project by American composer Eric Whitacre in 2010, which has since received 5.5 million views on Youtube, the submitted videos will be stitched together as part of a new production of Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice (Berlioz version).

“We are looking to innovate and transform the way that this spectacular opera—which was cutting-edge when it first premiered—is presented and experienced,” said Peggy Kriha Dye, Artistic Director of Opera Columbus in a press release statement.

Organizers are aiming for at least 100 entries from singers across the globe. They will need all voice types, and the process should take only about 30 minutes.

Singers are being asked to visit this website and access the materials including the sheet music, French diction, and specific timing to be followed. Entrants will be informed later if their performance will be used.

“As far as we know, this concept hasn’t been applied to opera and we’re excited to see the possibilities that can exist from a visual, technical and ultimately musical standpoint,” said Joel Ivany, Founder and Artistic Director of Against the Grain Theatre.

“If you’ve ever wanted to sing in an opera, this could be the easiest way in.”

Full details can be found here.

The deadline for submission is January 15, 2018. Questions can be sent to virtualchorus@operacolumbus.org

Good luck!

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Michael Vincent is the Editor-in-chief Ludwig van Toronto. He publishes regularly and writes occasionally. He has worked as a senior editor for over fifteen years and is a former freelance classical music critic for the Toronto Star. Michael holds a Doctorate in Music from the University of Toronto.
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Michael Vincent is the Editor-in-chief Ludwig van Toronto. He publishes regularly and writes occasionally. He has worked as a senior editor for over fifteen years and is a former freelance classical music critic for the Toronto Star. Michael holds a Doctorate in Music from the University of Toronto.
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