The Anonymous Audition Project 2021
We are happy to announce the world’s only 100% blind discovery process for all international opera singers. Come show the power of your voice alone and be discovered by one of the most diverse international casting and artist manager panels assembled! Register Now!
Davíd Lomelí - *NEW* Chief Artistic Officer - Santa Fe Opera / Casting Director - Dallas Opera - Bayerisches Staatsoper, München
Afton Battle - General Director - Fort Worth Opera
Thomas Böckstiegel - Casting Director - Theater Heidelberg, Germany
Rebekah Rota - Stellvertretende Operndirektorin - Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, Germany
Robert Gilder - Artists Manager - Robert Gilder & Co., UK
Samuel Krum - Artists Manager - Robert Gilder & Co., UK
Mitchell Piper - Artists Manager - Piper Artist Management, NYC
Eric Margiore - Artists Manager - Premiere Artists Management, NYC
Regular Registration Fee: $50 (deadline 12 February)
No Age Limit.
The same panel for every round of the project.
No Names will be given to the panel - all registered artists will be given a number for identification for the duration of the project.
No Photo, no CV, or any other Information will be given to the panel at any point.
First Round Hearing - Anonymous Audio/Video Submissions
All submissions will be reviewed by the entire panel.
ALL submissions must be either blank or black-screen video with audio only - not showing your body or face (blind), or pure audio submissions.
All Submissions must be recorded within the past 18 months.
The panel will select up to 50 artists to invite to the live second round hearing.
Second Round Hearing - Anonymous Live Zoom
Each of the up to 50 chosen artists from the First Round Hearing will then be heard LIVE via a Zoom presentation.
Those chosen for the LIVE Zoom Audition will pay an additional $50 fee - making it a total of $100 paid (the same as a standard NYIOP Zoom Audition).
Each selected artist will be heard OFF-CAMERA and the artists’ Zoom name must be changed to match their participant number.
The Panel will be ON-CAMERA during the entire process.
This round will function like a standard audition where the artist presents their first selection and then the panel will choose any other pieces they wish to hear.
All singers in this round will have their complete materials and links to actual videos sent to the panel, other casting directors, and industry professionals on the day of the final REVEAL Concert.
After the Anonymous Live Zoom, the panel will then choose up to 15 of those artists to be REVEALED ONLINE via our Livestreamed Concert Event!
Each of the winning artists chosen by the panel to be revealed, will stream their performance LIVE from their specific location on Saturday, February 27, 2021 @1pm ET. This will be the FIRST TIME in the entire process that the world (and the panel) gets to see the artist and know their name!
The LIVE REVEAL Concert will be marketed across all theaters and agencies via NYIOP’s contact database, as well as marketed live to the public via social media and email campaigns - so everyone can see your UNVEILING!
Benefits of The Anonymous Audition Project
A truly balanced and equitable discovery project that removes biases and barriers.
Open to ANYONE from any country in the world. No travel required.
NO CVs - NO Names - NO Pics - NO Age Limits. The entire process will be anonymous.
All Artists will register online and upload their materials. ONLY the audio/blind video links will be sent to the panel.
A listening panel of 6+ International Casting Professionals will hear all rounds of the project.
The panel will choose up to 15 singers to be REVEALED via a Live Concert Event that will be marketed worldwide.
“Прослушивания NYIOP дают возможность молодым певцам начать международную оперную карьеру. Я очень счастлива, что благодаря Дэвиду Блекберну и прослушиваниям я получила контракт с одним из лучших европейских оперных театров, в котором начну работать уже в сентябре этого года.”
“The return on my investment over the years has been huge. I personally have been hired more than 6 times from extremely good theaters through out Europe, China, and the USA. ”
“I am very grateful to NYIOP and personally to David Blackburn. When I was just starting my career, I received a number of important contracts after auditioning at NYIOP and so did several friends of mine. Therefore I strongly recommend any young singer to take part in these auditions.”