Harrow Opera - 2020 Production

Harrow Opera is planning a fully staged production of Verdi’s "A Masked Ball"   from 18th to 21st March 2020, to be performed at the Compass Theatre, Ickenham.

The production will be in English and accompanied by piano.

Auditions are open, however preference for roles will be given to Harrow Opera members (who achieve a suitable standard). Where audition slots for specific roles are very oversubscribed, auditions may be limited to those prepared to consider another role.

Chorus applicants are not required to audition.

Musical Director - Ezra Williams

Stage Director - Leon Berger


Auditions will be held at the St John’s United Reform Church, Hallowell Road, Northwood, HA6 1DN from 14.00 to 17.00 on Saturday 6th July and Sunday 7th July 2019  Click here for map.

All singers should prepare the relevant excerpt(s) from the list below, which should be sung in English. The Peter Clarke translation will be used for the show and copies of this will be available for those cast to purchase from the company.

Note - All pieces SHOULD be sung in English. Second pieces are not required. Click on the link(s) to download the music for the role of interest. Please note files may take a few minutes to download dependent on the speed of your connection.

Download audition music:    AMELIA - soprano - Act 2 Aria pg. 118 - 124

Download audition music:    GUSTAVO - tenor - Act 3, scene 2, pg. 216 - 223

Download audition music:    RENATO - baritone - Act 3, scene 1, pg. 182 - 188

Download audition music:    ULRICA - mezzo-soprano - Act 1, scene 2, pg.48-50 and 52-54

Download audition music:    OSCAR - soprano - Act 1 pg. 23 - 26 AND Act 3 pg. 229 - 230

Download audition music:    SYLVANO/SYLVANA - high baritone/mezzo-soprano - Act 1, scene 2 pg. 55 - 58 AND pg. 99 - 101

Download audition music:    COUNT HORN - bass-baritone - Act 3, scene 1 pg. 190 -194 and 199- 201 PLUS a 'character' aria from any other Italian opera

Download audition music:    COUNT RIBBING - bass-baritone - Act 3, scene 1 pg. 192 -194 and 199-201 PLUS a 'character' aria from any other Italian opera

AMELIA'S SERVANT – tenor/ soprano - a light Italian opera aria, a Lied or art-song

CHIEF-JUSTICE - tenor/baritone - a light Italian opera aria, a Lied or art-song


No roles will be confirmed until fees have been paid

Large Roles: £150 (Amelia, Gustavo, Renato, Ulrica, Oscar)

Smaller Roles: £100

Chorus: £60

All principal singers are required to sell a minimum of eight tickets, ticket not sold must be paid for. Singers of smaller role will be expected to sell 4 tickets minimum.

Roles will be double cast and principals will be required to sing chorus.

Rehearsals will take place at the Harrow Arts centre from mid-October (date tbc) on Thursday evenings (7.30pm - 9.30pm) and then also Sunday afternoons from November (venue to be confirmed) until the show date.

Compulsory dress rehearsals and, tech will take place from the 15th to 17th March. Please do not take the role if you are unable to commit to at least 90% of rehearsals.

Please submit all known N/As at the time of audition

Please e-mail Adrienne Walters at ptole_walters@yahoo.co.uk to arrange an audition slot or for further information.

Click here to download a full copy of the audition information:    Audition Information