6 November 2014
Workshop auditions for the 2015 and 2016 Independent Opera Director Fellowships took place at the National Opera Studio on November 5th and 6th, 2014.
Ten finalists directed a scene from Biedermann and the Arsonists on the 5th and 6th November in front of a panel of three directors: David Pountney, Annilese Miskimmon and Martin Duncan. The process itself has been a positive experience for many candidates.
Finalist Karolina Sofulak said: “I just wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the amazing adventure that the Independent Opera Fellowship auditions were for me. The experience allowed me to find more confidence in my skills and ideas… Working with the excellent singers you’ve chosen and engaging in constructive conversation with the panellists during both stages of the auditions was immensely useful to me as a young, ambitious director… All through the process I felt that what mattered most was my talent and not outward circumstances, and that’s an incredibly rewarding feeling.”
Pedro Ribeiro, another finalist, said: “This was the best competition I ever had the opportunity to apply for. From the first note to the last it transpired with clarity and equality... Thank you so much for helping me to continue to believe that opera can still be reborn.”
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