CANCELED: Opera Audition Workshop

MAGPI Celebrates National Opera Week!
Target Audience: 
2- and 4-year college/university students only
Requirements for Participation: 

There are 3 spaces available for MAGPI Members. Members must have H.323 videoconferencing capabilities.

There are 2 spaces available for Non-MAGPI Members who are connected to their state/national research and education network, and have H.323 videoconference capabilties.

October 26 through November 4, 2012, is National Opera Week!

To honor the celebration of this classical music tradition, the Opera Company of Philadelphia will present a series of interactive events to communities, schools and educational programs to promote awareness about opera.

MAGPI joins the Opera Company of Philadelphia in celebrating opera by presenting three interactive videoconference programs: The Singing Voice on Tuesday, October 30, 2012, and the National Opera Week Chorus Festival and Opera Audition Workshop on Thursday, November 1, 2012.

Many singers can be nervous about preparing for auditions to summer or young artist programs, competitions, and opera companies. Some can be overwhelmed with questions.


  • What repertoire should I sing?
  • How can I set myself apart from the competition?
  • Should I sing a selection in a certain language and are my language skills up to par?
  • Should I stage my aria?


Baritone Troy Cook, Opera Company of Philadelphia Artistic Administrator Michael Eberhard, and vocal coach and collaborative accompanist Lisa Harer DeCalvo with work with a select group of singers in 10 minute increments to coach them on improving pieces which they are planning to use in upcoming auditions. Here is a unique opportunity for young singers to gain insight into what works best for them and what catches the attention of opera companies.

About Baritone Troy Cook

American baritone Troy Cook recently debuted at both the Hamburgische Staatsoper as Marcello in La bohème, where he also performed his first Ford in Falstaff in the spring of 2010, and the Royal Opera, Covent Garden as Guglielmo in Così fan tutte.
Troy Cook's 2011-2012 season includes appearances with Minnesota Opera, as Father Palmer in the world premiere of Silent Night; the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, as Marcello in La bohème; Opera Company of Philadelphia, as Lescaut in Manon Lescaut; the Winston-Salem Symphony, for performances of Carmina Burana; and Central City Opera, as Marcello. Additionally, he joins Opera Rara for a recording of Donizetti's Caterina Cornaro. Future seasons will find him in multiple leading roles with Opera Company of Philadelphia.

In the 2010-2011 season, Mr. Cook returned to Lyric Opera of Kansas City as the Count in Le nozze di Figaro, sang his first Escamillo in Carmen at Green Mountain Opera Festival, and appeared on the concert stage in performances of the Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the Pacific Symphony and the Arizona Musicfest, the St. John Passion with the Portland Symphony Orchestra, and Handel's Messiah with the Winston-Salem Symphony.

He returned to Opera Company of Philadelphia as Sharpless in Madama Butterfly to open the 2009-10 season, appeared in Bilbao for Poulenc's Les mamelles de Tirésias and was recently seen in Santander and Bilbao for Il viaggio a Rheims. He also performed concerts with the Portland Symphony Orchestra and the Arizona Musicfest and was Albert in Kentucky Opera's Werther. 2009-2010 also included Marcello in Florida Grand Opera's new production of La bohème and just prior he was Enrico in Las Palmas' Lucia di Lammermoor.

Troy Cook opened 2007-08 as Zurga with Lyric Opera of Kansas City. Just prior, he sang in a gala concert with Opera Pacific, as Marcello in La bohème with Berkshire Opera and performed Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia for Opera Omaha. 2007 began with his German debut with the Semperoper Dresden as Marcello, and he also performed Marcello in his Opera Company of Philadelphia debut to open their season. In addition, he returned to the American Ballet Theater in New York and Washington D.C. for the Kindertotenlieder. In 2006 he was Sharpless for Berkshire Opera and debuted with La Monnaie, Brussels in a gala concert of Pagliacci. In spring 2006, he performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a world-premiere conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen; bowed as Enrico in Kansas City's Lucia di Lammermoor; appeared as a soloist in Carmina burana with the San Antonio Symphony, and performed Zurga with Opera Carolina. He also sang in a Richard Tucker Foundation concert in New York City. In 2004/05 he returned to San Francisco Opera as Mr. Flint in Billy Budd. Reviews of his Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia the previous season at San Francisco Opera included:

“Baritone Troy Cook is spectacular in the role of Figaro. He’s insolent, charming, self-amused, a rogue…His patter and roulades are precise and ring out fearlessly.”

Other recent appearances include Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia at Fort Worth Opera, Guglielmo with Santa Fe Opera and Toledo Opera, solo recitals under the auspices of the Marilyn Horne Foundation and Carmina burana with the American Ballet Theater at Lincoln Center. Mr. Cook also appeared with the Metropolitan Opera in L'enfant et les sortileges and in a new production of Sly in 2001. In the fall of 2000 he made his European debut as Giacomo in Beatrix Cenci with the Grand Théâtre de Genève followed by Schaunard in La bohème and Morales in Carmen at the Metropolitan Opera. Other engagements included productions of Barbiere with Florida Grand Opera and Minnesota Opera.

Troy Cook made his New York City Opera debut in the 1999-2000 season with roles in the trilogy, Central Park, which he also sang with Glimmerglass Opera. Those performances were taped and later telecast on the PBS series Great Performances. He was a member of the Apprentice Artist Program of the Santa Fe Opera, the Florida Grand Opera Studio and holds a Master of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music. He has studied voice with Bill Schuman and Rita Shane.


About Opera Company of Philadelphia

Since its formation in 1975, the Opera Company of Philadelphia has been the premier opera-producing organization in the Greater Philadelphia area. OCP presents five performances of three productions each year in the historic Academy of Music, the oldest opera house in America still in use for its original purpose. In 2009, OCP expanded its Season through the addition of the Aurora Series for Chamber Opera at the Perelman Theater, featuring two productions of cutting-edge chamber works in the Kimmel Center’s Perelman Theater each year, with one in a collaborative partnership with the Curtis Institute of Music.
OCP’s mission is three-fold:

1) Deliver outstanding productions of traditional repertoire and new, exciting operatic works that resonate with the community;

2) Identify and cultivate rising young talent and cast these future stars together with internationally-acclaimed singers; and

3) Present innovative programs relevant to the multi-cultural Philadelphia region that educate, broaden, deepen, and diversify the opera audience.

Under the leadership of General Director David B. Devan, Artistic Director Robert B. Driver, and Jack Mulroney Music Director Corrado Rovaris, the Opera Company has experienced significant growth in the range and scope of its artistic programming. During the 2009-2010 Season, OCP presented the East Coast Premiere of Academy Award winner Tan Dun’s Tea: A Mirror of Soul, and in 2010-2011, OCP presented the American Premiere of Hans Werner Henze’s Phaedra. In 2011-2012, OCP presented Dark Sisters, a new opera by Nico Muhly and Stephen Karam that is the product of a unique co-commissioning and co-producing partnership with Gotham Chamber Opera and Music-Theatre Group, and in 2012-2013, the Company will present the East Coast Premiere of Kevin Put’s Silent Night.

OCP has embarked on key artistic initiatives, including the American Repertoire Program, a commitment to producing one American work every year for the next ten years beginning in 2012, the launch of OCP’s collaborative Composer In Residence program, and the Chamber Opera Symposium, an invitation-only summit involving the primary North America n producers of the genre.

The Opera Company of Philadelphia’s dedication to casting emerging singers through partnerships with Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music and Academy of Vocal Arts results in numerous opportunities each Season for up-and-coming artists to perform alongside world class operatic stars such as Nathan Gunn, Anthony Dean Griffey, William Burden, Lawrence Brownlee, and Anna Netrebko.

OCP is committed to engaging the Philadelphia region with innovative arts experiences including phenomenal successes with Pop-Up opera performances in Reading Terminal and Macy's Center City to surprise Philadelphians as part of the Knight Foundation's Random Acts of Culture. To date, OCP's YouTube videos of Random Acts have been viewed over 11 million times. OCP also hosted thousands of Philadelphians for Opening Night Philadelphia!, a free event where the opening night performance of Carmen was streamed live to a giant video screen on the Mall at Independence Historical Park.

Since 1991, more than 130,000 Philadelphia area children have participated in OCP's award-winning Sounds of Learning ™ program which advances interdisciplinary learning by integrating opera into the core school curriculum. OCP also partners with numerous community organizations in an effort to make opera relevant to a more diverse constituency. OCP and Art Sanctuary’s collaborative program, Hip H’opera, was launched in 2006 and works to build the self-esteem of at-risk youth by bridging the gap between classical music and pop culture. The Opera Company of Philadelphia serves approximately 55,000 adults and students annually.