Light of Man—and Woman

Auditions are now open for
Workshop premiere of 2019 one-act chamber opera:
The Light of Man—and Woman

Performance November 17, 2019 4:00 PM
Presidio Chapel, 130 Fisher Loop, San Francisco

Deadline for Submissions, August 25, 2019.
All roles paid. Off-book; lightly staged.
Scope: 11/4 first rehearsal – 11/17 4:00 PM performance.
Rehearsal schedule: TBA

A modest honorarium includes 4 rehearsals and one performance. Mandatory attendance at rehearsals with times TBA. (No payment or charge for individual coaching sessions, if needed.)

Submission Requirements

1. Sample performance of two arias or art song, in English, on Youtube or Vimeo (or other easily accessible online site)
2. Resume of training and performance experience.
3. Solo voice: soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, or bass-baritone.
4. Preferences: Good music reading skills. Good intonation. Singers who reside in the greater San Francisco Bay Area.

Live Auditions

Tentative date: September 17 11:00AM - 1:00PM and 5:00 – 7:00PM at Presidio Chapel, 130 Fisher Loop, San Francisco, CA 94129. A pianist will be provided. You may bring your own. By September 1, finalists will receive PDF files of a portion of the score to prepare for the live audition.

Send Materials by email ASAP to:
TEL 213-309-8232
Application deadline August 25.

This is an opportunity to create the role for the workshop premier performance of a new one-act chamber opera at the historic Presidio Chapel in San Francisco. There are roles for four solo voices:

Queen Sita—mezzo-soprano,
King Janaka—tenor,
Instrumental ensemble. No chorus.

The Light of Man—and Woman

is inspired by a story from the Hindu Upanishads, and set to music in 2019 by composer Deon Nielsen Price. The musical style is melodic, contemporary style, not avant-garde.

Brief Synopsis

King Janaka asks, “Yajnavalkya, what is the light of man?
Yajnavalky answers, “The sun, O King, for, having the sun alone for his light, Man sits, moves about, does his work, and returns.”
Queen Sita chimes in, “Woman sits, moves about, does her work, does her work.”
King Janaka, “So it is. When the sun has set, what is then the light of man?”
“When the sound is hushed, what then is the light of man?”
“The self indeed is his light.”
“Who is that self?“
“She who is within the heart; the Soul.”
“If a man clearly beholds his Soul as the lord of all, then he is no more afraid.”