The repertoire choices for next year look very interesting: Mozart's Don Giovanni and The Secret Garden by Stephen McNeff. Glancing at the information provided on the Banff Centre's website, I can already see some changes from last year:
- the two productions will not share the same stage, but be in separate theatres
- the role of the chorus seems to be reduced to singing in just Don Giovanni, which is not a huge chorus part, as opposed to last year's Lillian Alling in which the chorus got to perform some very exciting scenes, and played a big part in the overall drama of the piece
The implication seems to be that roles will be single-cast (otherwise why the need for understudies?), which is a continuation from this year, although hopefully will be implemented differently, drawing from our experiences and feedback (for those new to my blog, a pretty much full account of OAT 2011 can be found in my posts from July and August, with a summing up here).
All in all I'd say it's an exciting choice of repertoire, and I'm adding this one to my list of places to audition for Summer 2012...
Link to the OAT 2012 website (with audition dates, application forms, etc): here