There will be two rounds.
Round One is taped and requires two MP3 recordings to be uploaded onto the application form at the bottom of this page. Singers who were offered a reserve place in 2017 are asked to state this on their application form.
Your recordings should be of two arias by Italian ‘bel canto’ composers, i.e: Bellini, Donizetti, Rossini, Verdi, Puccini, Cilea, Leoncavallo, Mascagni etc. These must be sung in Italian. One recording may be a song by any of the above composers, or Tosti, Respighi, etc. Applications with inappropriate repertoire will not be considered. To avoid all reasonable doubt: arias by Mozart and Handel will not be accepted in either round.
For questions, email Roberta Biondi at [email protected].
The deadline for applications is Friday 17 November 2017.
Round Two is a live audition in London to be held on 17 or 18 January 2018. Applicants from Round One will be informed no later than Friday 15 December whether or not they have been invited to a live audition.
At Round Two you should present three arias, or two arias and one song by Italian ‘bel canto’ composers (as above). The same repertoire from Round One maybe used in Round Two, with the addition of an extra aria, or song.