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Echoes of Ancient Tang Poems World Tour 

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Extended Deadline: February 25, 2024

DATE CHANGE: New York Audition on March 26, 2024
 

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Singers invited to take part in the iSING! Festival world tour of Echoes of Ancient Tang Poems will undergo a one-month intensive session of coaching and rehearsal in China prior to the start of the tour. All expenses, including training cost, accommodation, international travel, and visa fees will be covered by iSING! Festival.
 
Upon successful completion of training session, singers will participate in the Echoes of Ancient Tang Poems world tour and will be remunerated per each performance.

There is no application fee or additional charges associated with participation in the program.


iSING! Festival
In the 2024-25 season, iSING! Festival will bring its history-making Echoes of Ancient Tang Poems (the “Project”) on an international tour including five cities in North America, Europe and China, featuring a cast of singers in all vocal categories. The Project begins on May 20, 2024, with an intensive training/rehearsal period in China, culminating in a kick-off concert in Beijing, followed shortly after by a concert in a European city to be announced at a later date, marking the official launch of the iSING! Festival Echoes of Ancient Tang Poems Tour. Subsequent concerts will be scheduled and announced throughout the 2024-25 season.

Poetry of the Tang Dynasty (618 - 907 A.D.) has been emblematic of the human spirit and cultural refinement. Just like Shakespeare’s oeuvre, Tang poems represent a timeless Zeitgeist. For the first time these 1,300-year-old poems were set to music by young composers from six countries. Thirty iSING! artists from ten countries sang these works in Mandarin.

In 2023, iSING! collaborated with the Philadelphia Orchestra to present the memorable American premiere of Echoes of Ancient Tang Poems at Lincoln Center and Kimmel Center. Other iSING! 2023 highlights included the SKP Chengdu iSING! Opera Gala, directed by the acclaimed opera director Hugo De Ana; and a concert reprising selected Tang poems with the Philadelphia Orchestra and China National Symphony Orchestra at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing (NCPA).

Founded in 2011 by Asian Performing Arts Council, a non-profit US organization, iSING! is the first-ever vocal arts festival that promotes the cultural exchange of East and West by training artists in both western and Chinese opera repertoire. Since its inception, nearly 400 young singers from over 30 countries have participated in iSING! Festivals, performing in over 50 major concerts in venues including the NCPA, Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall in New York.

 

Requirements

The iSING! Festival is designed for post-graduate and young professional singers. Open to all nationalities, there is no prior knowledge of Mandarin necessary in order to participate in this exciting initiative. Singers in all voice categories are encouraged to apply.

Age limit

 37

Deadline extended
February 25, 2024 

Materials required

  • Two MP3 files of two contrasting arias and two art songs – MP3s only; all MP3 files must be clearly labeled with your name. Please do not send audio or video links.

  • Curriculum Vitae/Résumé

  • Current headshot – the photo must be in high-resolution and the file size must be no less than 1 MB.

Audition requirements

Singers must prepare:

  • Three arias in contrasting language and style

  • Two art songs, one in your native language, one in a foreign language

  • Pianist provided. You may bring your own.


Audition locations and dates

New York, USA: March 26, 2024*  (Updated New York audition date)

Milan, Italy: April 2, 2024

Paris, France: April 4, 2024

Berlin, Germany: April 6, 2024


Dates are subject to change.

Program Dates

May 20, 2024 - June 20, 2024

Dates are subject to change.

Compensation

Singers invited to take part in the iSING! Festival world tour of Echoes of Ancient Tang Poems will undergo a one-month intensive session of coaching and rehearsal in China prior to the start of the tour.  All expenses, including training cost, accommodation, international travel and visa fees will be covered by iSING! Festival.
 
Upon successful completion of training session, singers will participate in the Echoes of Ancient Tang Poems world tour and will be remunerated per each performance.


There is no application fee or additional charges associated with participation in the program.

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