Virtual Feedback Auditions
Winter/Spring 2021 Virtual Feedback Auditions
BSR members are invited to submit materials to receive feedback and be considered for a select showcase in the summer or fall of 2021. Comments and scores will be given by Carol Mastrodomenico and Eiji Miura (bios below). Each round is limited to 25 singers; only BSR members are eligible. JOIN BSR.
Deadline 1: Friday February 26
Deadline 2: Friday April 30
Contact auditions coordinator Xia Chen with any questions.
What you need to submit
- Online form
- Proof of New England residency
- Resume with link to audition video and audition selection(s) included at the top. File name must begin with your last name.
- $15 fee (resume feedback add-on available for $5) invoiced after registration
- may not exceed 5 minutes
- may include a single piece or multiple excerpts
We encourage singers to present material they sing well and on which they would like to receive feedback. Feedback may include comments on repertoire or video quality (sound, environment, framing, etc) but scores will not be affected by these elements.
Hiring professionals who traditionally attend BSR Auditions will be able to request access to resumes and videos. Clearly listing your pieces at the top of your resume will help them to peruse your work more quickly.
10-15 singers will be chosen from the feedback auditions to perform at select showcase. Preference will be given to singers who did not perform in the 2020 showcase. Singers selected will be notified in June and will not be limited to performing the pieces from their first round audition.
Unfortunately we cannot set a date for the showcase until we know more about how the pandemic has progressed. We are committed to providing a safe experience for all involved and will only plan an event that ensures safety.
Carol Mastrodomenico maintains an active schedule as a guest soloist with choruses, orchestras and other ensembles. She excels in the interpretation of oratorio, and has appeared in Poulenc’s Gloria, Beethoven’s Mass in C and Ninth Symphony, Brahms’ Requiem, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Requiem, Mahler’s Second Symphony, Mendelssohn’s Psalm 42, Handel’s Messiah, Vivaldi’s Gloria, and Fauré’s Requiem.
Ms. Mastrodomenico is an accomplished recitalist and has performed programs ranging from premieres of contemporary music to cabaret programs involving interaction with the audience. She toured England with her production of John Morrison’s Jane Austin’s History of England singing the role of Emce. She premiered John McDonald’s Put this in your Pipe and Speech Made by Music with the Essex Chamber Players, and premiered Ellen Bender’s Five Emily Dickinson Songs during New England Conservatory’s Contemporary Festival.
Ms. Mastrodomenico is the stage director of both the Tufts University Opera Ensemble and the Longy School of Music of Bard College’s Opera Theater. A champion of new music, Ms. Mastrodomenico commissions new operas regularly. She produced and directed Thomas Stumpf’s adaption of Oscar Wilde’s Nightingale and the Rose and The Happy Prince in February 2020. Recent productions she has directed include Countess Maritza, Cendrillon, Lucio Silla, Le Nozze di Figaro, Der Zwerg, L’amico Fritz, Gianni Schicchi, Three Sisters who are not Sisters, Three Penny Opera, Dido and Aeneas, Old Maid and the Thief, Amelia Goes to the Ball, Riders to the Sea, Gallantry, The Telephone and Doctor Miracle.
Ms. Mastrodomenico is passionate about vocal pedagogy and teaching voice. She has developed online masterclasses for Opera Programs Berlin, most recently “The Whole Instrument” with colleague Sarah Whitten and she will repeat her August 2020 classes “Post-Vocal Trauma Training” and Strategies for Mental Toughness: Reclaiming your voice in April 2021 . Her Classical Singer Master Class on Different Vocal Resonance Strategies was widely attended remotely this summer. Students learned how to use vowel resonance strategies to sing musical theater belt, mix and legit styles in addition to classical strategies.
Ms. Mastrodomenico received her Master of Music degrees in Vocal Performance and Vocal Pedagogy at New England Conservatory of Music. She is on the voice faculties of Longy School of Music of Bard College and Tufts University and the Dramatic Voices Program Berlin.
Eiji Miura is an active and sought-after Boston-based singer and educator. He is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory’s vocal pedagogy program, and subsequently joined the Conservatory's Voice/Opera Department faculty in 2018. He has also served on the voice faculties of NEC Prep, Clark University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Miura’s background in linguistics has led him to developing a unique pedagogy that is pluralistic in its approach. His current interest in this field involves examining how a singer’s native language may predispose them to certain challenges or advantages in learning to achieve a balanced and free classical technique. Using this information, he creates an informed technical blueprint for addressing vocal faults, specifically focusing on recognizing the potential psychoacoustics of language and culture, as well as language-related articulatory entanglements.
As a performer, Miura has established himself as a versatile artist. He has performed with ensembles such as Odyssey Opera and Boston Modern Orchestra Project, held residency at cathedrals throughout England, and performed the role of Goro in the world’s first true-to-story, Japanese-English bilingual production of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly with Pacific Opera Project and Opera in the Heights. A strong proponent of diversity, equity, inclusion, and access, Miura’s participation in the performance of Madama Butterfly led him to investigate issues surrounding culturally appropriative themes and practices in the tradition of Western classical music. Subsequently, he has participated in a panel discussion for OPERA America where he offered strategies for tackling shows with problematic source material.
In addition to his M.M. in vocal pedagogy, Miura holds an M.Sc. in communications and a double B.A. in Asian studies and vocal performance from Clark University.