Due to coronavirus, Clonter will not be holding auditions this year.
Clonter receives approx. 200-300 applications each year from singers interested in auditioning for productions, which include a fully staged opera with orchestra, staged Opera Gala evenings, a series of Masterclasses, culminating in an Opera Showcase evening and a series of Performance and Musical Theatre Workshops, presented to children aged 8-18.
The audition panel travel to the major music colleges each autumn to hear their students. If you are currently studying at the RCS, RNCM or RAM, you may submit your application direct to the Opera Course Administrator and you will be advised of the date that the panel will be visiting your college. The audition panel also holds a day of general auditions in London, which is open to any singer who is embarking on, or returning to, a professional singing career. However, most singers who take part in the opera studios are under 30.
Please note that singers chosen to audition will be those that have undertaken a specific vocal studies postgraduate course, preferably in opera, but not exclusively.
HOW TO AUDITION…
As above, Clonter will not be auditioning this year, but the normal application period is August/September. Auditions are held in November/December.
If you are selected for an audition you will be contacted with a date. You will be asked to offer three contrasting items, of which you will be asked to sing two arias, not exceeding 10 minutes in total. At audition, the panel will ask you to choose the first aria, and then, at their discretion, you may be asked to sing one out of the two remaining. Your choice of repertoire and presentation will play an important part in the adjudicator’s assessment.
AUDITIONS DATES & VENUES
Post COVID-19, applicants are advised to apply in August/September for auditions in November/December.
YOUR STAY AT CLONTER & THE FACILITIES
Residential facilities and a staff of exceptional caliber and international experience ensure that singers achieve their maximum potential during the opera studios and receive intensive coaching on the season’s chosen repertoire.
Singers chosen to take part in a production at Clonter will receive free accommodation in a converted barn on the farm adjacent to the theatre or in a local bed and breakfast, depending on the size of the cast.
Accommodation is equipped with a bathroom and kitchen, sheets and towels are provided. The kitchen will be stocked to enable performers to make their own breakfast each day. Lunch and dinner will be provided throughout their stay by resident caterers, these meals will be served in the theatre dining room.
Clonter has a Green Room where performers can relax when not in rehearsals or receiving coaching. This is equipped with tea and coffee making facilities, a television and computers with wireless internet connection* (though singers can bring their own lap top).
*Internet connection is currently not available in the accommodation and please note that mobile phone reception can be quite poor in the area.
It is advised to bring warm, practical clothing as it can be cold inside the theatre, even in Summer. The accommodation is a short walk across a rough, unmade lane so appropriate shoes are also a must. The nearest shops are five miles away, and the area is not covered by public transport so it is advised to come prepared! If performers do not have their own transport a lift can usually be arranged into the nearest town.
Clonter is set in a beautiful rural location in the heart of the south Cheshire countryside. There is an outdoor swimming pool adjacent to the theatre and singers are invited to explore the local area between coaching and rehearsal sessions; singers may wish to walk to Jodrell Bank, home to the famous Lovell Telescope or venture a little further into Cheshire peaks and plains.