Q: I’m worried about the audition. What will I have to do?
A: We hope that the auditions will be as enjoyable as the rest of your Project Puccini experience. You will need to sing one piece that best shows off your voice. For example a piece in a classical style or a folksong. (Please bring sheet music if you would like to be accompanied, or a backing track – CD or USB stick - if you would prefer.) If we need to hear anything more we will ask you to sing a simple exercise to be sure of your vocal range.
Q: Do I need to sing something in Italian for the audition?
A: No, you don’t have to, but you can if you like. Sing whatever is most comfortable for you, and have fun!
Q: Do I need singing or stage experience to be part of Project Puccini?
A: No. If you show ability in your audition everything else will be taught to you during the ten week training program.
Q: What is the “ten week training program”?
A: This is the ten weeks of training and rehearsal that each member of the local community choruses will receive. It will teach everything about the language, music and stagecraft you will need to prepare you to be a member of the chorus in OperaQ’s new production of La bohème in your own community.
Q: I work full-time. Will I be able to attend rehearsals?
A: We realise how busy people are, so we will make rehearsal times the most appropriate time (out of regular office-hours) for each community.
Q: Do I need to attend all rehearsals?
A: Yes. The training and rehearsing will go hand in hand, and you don’t want to miss out on anything, so attendance at all rehearsals for which you are required would definitely be preferred. If you do have a problem with any particular dates, please let us know this on your registration form.
Q: If I’m accepted, who will I be performing with?
A: 47 other fully trained and rehearsed members of your community, the full principal cast of OperaQ’s new production of La bohème, and members of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.
Q: My grand-daughter has a beautiful voice, but she is only 5. Could she be part of Project Puccini?
A: We think that girls and boys aged between 9 and 13 will be most appropriate for La bohème.
Q: Am I too old for this?
A: We doubt it! If you love singing or treading the boards (or both), you should audition.
Q: Will I be paid for this?
A: No. This is a community chorus training project which is free for all participants, which is designed to build skills and capacity in each community.