Wednesday, April 16, 2014

There Is More Opera Than You Think! The Sexi Soprano Official list of Companies

When considering a career in opera, one can become quite overwhelmed by the amount of knowledge required to help you succeed.  You must be highly skilled and proficient in vocal technique, four or more languages, types of movement and acting, knowledge of music history and theory, performance practices, styles, and more, but that is only the beginning, the underlying training that you obtain in order to think about having a career.  How does an emerging artist then turn all of that knowledge and talent into a career?   Where do you start?  The natural place to start is at the beginning, as we all learned through The Sound of Music.  “What companies should I audition for?”  “What opera companies are out there?” “What companies could I be hired at?”

Everyone says, “In this economy, with so much competition and not enough opportunities to go around, it’s really difficult, nearly impossible to get work.”  But is it?  How many times have you been to an opera in your hometown and thought, “hmmm, okay, well, I could sing that.”  That may sound arrogant to some of you reading this, but be honest, raise your hand; you know you’ve thought it.  Not because the people on stage aren’t good at what they’re doing, or don’t deserve to be there. Because they are talented and they do deserve it, but why them and not you?”
Well, probably because they know how to get an audition, they know who to audition for, and they audition well. So now it’s time for you to know who to audition for, and get good at auditioning!

Did you know that at least 10 new opera companies have started in the last 3 years?  There are also between 75-85 level III-IV opera companies in the United States!  That’s nearly 100 opera companies that emerging artists should be auditioning for.   There are a couple of websites that list opera companies, one of them found on Wikipedia lists them by state, which is extremely helpful.  Look to see what companies are within driving distance, and decide to create your own audition tour.  

Opera America also has a list of opera companies listed by level.  If you’re an emerging artists, might as well start at the bottom and work your way up.  Yes, the competition is extremely challenging, especially for sopranos (who are always the first to apply for auditions and are the least likely to receive them). Level IV companies are even able to hire and get seasoned Met professionals to sing for them, but that’s not going to stop you from getting noticed.

Last month we talked about “Asking for what you want”  - And now you have a list of companies to research and audition for.  

But what about those companies that just recently started?  How do we find out about those?  It’s tricky, because neither of the websites are an extensive all inclusive list, but here at Sexi Soprano we keep working diligently to stay in the know about the exciting new things that are happening in our growing industry, so we can bring you all the best information! 

Yes, opera took a hit during the economy collapse in 2008, but more and more people in our industry are creating an opera experience that will encourage a new audience that will help opera become more alive than ever! Here are a few new opera companies that are not yet on the radar of these websites listed with the state they popped up in and the year.

New Opera Companies to Watch:
Candid Concert Opera (IL)
Chicago Summer Opera (IL)
Gateway Opera (MO)
New Fangled Opera (LA) 2012
Lyric Opera Virginia (VA) 2011
Marble City Opera (TN) 2013
Mill City Opera (MN) 2012
Opera-piccola (TX) 2012
Opera Experience Southeast (SC) 2012
One Ounce Opera (TX) 2012
Odyssey Opera (MA) 2013
On site Opera (NY) 2012
Peach State Opera (GA) 2009
Opera on the Rock (AR) 2012
West Edge Opera (CA) 2013
Haymarket Opera Company (IL) 2010
Midwest Institute of Opera (IL) 2011
Urban Opera (CA) 2009

If you do what you love, you never have to work a day in your life! Fall in love with the research aspect of being an opera singer.  Research every opera company you can find a name for.  Find out what kind of new and exciting things are going on in our industry and audition every opportunity you can get.  

Sexi Soprano Official List of Level 3 and 4 Companies:

Level III 
Dayton Opera (OH)
Des Moines Opera 
Florentine Opera 
Gotham Chamber Opera (NY)
Indianapolis Opera (IN)
Kentucky Opera (KY)
Long Beach Opera (CA)
Madison Opera (WI)
Nashville Opera (TN)
Opera Carolina (NC)
Opera Columbus (OH)
Opera Memphis (TN)
Tulsa Opera (OK)
Opera Omaha 
Opera Santa Barbara (CA)
Pensacola Opera (FL)
Sacramento Opera (CA)

Level IV 
Amarillo Opera (TX)
American Lyric Theater (NY)
American Opera Projects  (NY)
Annapolis Opera
Ash Lawn Opera
Asheville Opera
Boston Collaborative Opera
Boston Baroque Opera
Bronx Opera
Capital City Opera
Caramoor Opera
Cedar Rapids Opera
Center City Opera
Center Stage Opera (CA)
Central Florida Lyric Opera (FL)
Chautauqua Opera
Chelsea Opera (NY)
Chicago Opera Theater 
Delaware Valley Opera (NY)
Encompass New Opera
Eugene Opera
Fargo-Moorhead Opera
Festival Opera (CA)
First Coast Opera
Gateway Opera (MO)
Golden Gate Opera
Green Mountain Opera
Hartford Opera Theater (CT)
Hubbard Hall Opera Theater (NY)
Intermountain Opera Bozeman (MT)
Juventas Music (MA)
Knoxville Opera (TN)
Livermore Opera (CA)
LOON Opera (MN)
Long Beach Opera (CA)
Loveland Opera (CO)
Main Street Opera (IL)
Manhattan Opera Studio
Metropolis Opera Project (NY)
Mississippi Opera (MS)
Mobile Opera
Music-theater group (NY)
Nevada City (NV)
New Jersey Verismo Opera
Nickel City Opera (NV)
North Bay Opera (CA)
North Carolina Opera (NC)
Opera Birmingham (AL)
Opera Cabal (IL)
Opera Circle (OH)
Opera Company of Brooklyn (NY)
Opera for the Young (WI)
Opera Fort Collins (CO)
Opera Grand Rapids (MI)
Opera Louisiane (LA)
Opera Idaho 
Opera in the Heights (TX)
Opera Lafayette (Washington, DC)
Opera Naples (FL) 
Opera New Hampshire 
Opera North (NH)
Opera on the James (VA)
Opera Parallèle (CA)
Opera Providence (RI)
Opera Roanoke (VA)
Opera Saratoga (NY)
Opera Southwest (NM)
Opera Theater of the Rockies (CO)
Opera of Pittsburg (PA)
Opera of Weston (VT)
Opera Delaware (DE)
Opera Lancaster (PA)
Opera Western Reserve (OH)
Opera Project Columbus (OH)
Piedmont Opera (NC)
Pine Mountain Opera (MI)
Pocket Opera (CA)
Port Opera (ME)
Regina Opera (NY)
Rogue Opera (OR)
Salt March Opera (CT)
Shreveport Opera (LA)
Springfield Regional Opera (MO)
Sugar Creek Opera (IL)
Syracuse Opera (NY)
Tacoma Opera (WA)
The Opera Company of Middlebury (VT) 2004
Toledo Opera (OH)
Townsend Opera (CA)
Tri Cities Opera (NY)
Union Avenue Opera (MO)
Undercroft Opera (PA)
Urban Opera (VA)
Verismo Opera Theater (IL)
Village Light Opera (NY)
Washington Concert Opera
West Bay Opera (CA)
Wichita Grand Opera (KS)
Winter Opera (MO)

***Don't see your company, or know of one not listed? Contact us!***