MUSIC PREPARATION

AUDITION

1. Entrants must prepare a programme of six items for their initial audition.

2. Entrants’ programmes must include:

(a)    Two operatic arias

(b)    One aria from an oratorio, mass or cantata

(c)    One German Lied, French Melodie or European Art Song (e.g. Rachmaninov, Sibelius) in a language other than English

(d)    Two items of their own choice (may be from the above categories or an art song, lighter song, ballad, etc.)

3.  Entrants’ programmes must include three languages, one being English.

4.  All items are to be sung in the original language and key (except for accepted published transpositions of German Lieder, French Melodie and European Art Song).

5.  One aria may be up to seven minutes in length. All other items must not exceed five minutes each. A combination of any three items must not exceed a total of 15 minutes. (Cuts may be necessary and long instrumental preludes or interludes should be omitted.)

 

SEMI-FINALS

In 2018, entrants are not required to submit either their Semi-Final or Grand Final programmes until such time as the successful contestants are announced. However, entrants should consider these programmes at audition stage, as the successful contestants will then work with Sir Thomas Allen on these items during the Coaching Academy week.

1.  Entrants’ semi-final programmes must include:

(a) Two contrasting songs for piano, one must be either German Lied, French Melodie or European Art Song in a language other than English; the other can be of your own choice (may be from the previous categories or an art song, lighter song, ballad, etc). The two songs must be different from the song you put forward for the Grand Final and can be of varying lengths but the two songs together must not exceed 10 minutes in performance.

(b) One aria: either operatic or from oratorio, mass or cantata (to be performed to piano accompaniment). Your selected aria can be one of the same arias that you submit for the Grand Final and should not exceed seven minutes in performance.

2.  Entrants’ semi-final programmes should demonstrate a range of languages.

3.  All items are to be sung in the original language and key (except for accepted published transpositions of German Lieder, French Melodie and European Art Song).

4.  Entrants can choose to include any of the pieces from audition for the semi-finals stage.

 

GRAND FINAL

In 2018, entrants are not required to submit either their Semi-Final or Grand Final programmes until such time as the successful contestants are announced. However, entrants should consider these programmes at audition stage, as the successful contestants will then work with Sir Thomas Allen on these items during the Coaching Academy week.

1.  All entrants must submit a programme of three items for the Grand Final (the five finalists will be selected by Sir Thomas Allen at the completion of the semi-finals concert on Sunday 22 July 2018).

2.  Your repertoire of three items must be what you will perform at the Grand Final on Saturday 28 July 2018, therefore you will rehearse these items with pianist Terence Dennis and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra conducted by Johannes Fritzsch.

3.  Entrants’ Grand Final programmes must include:

(a) One song for piano, this must be either German Lied, French Melodie or European Art Song in a language other than English. The song must be different from the two songs you put forward for the semi-finals stage and must not exceed seven minutes in performance.

(b) Two arias: either operatic or from oratorio, mass or cantata (to be performed with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra).

One of your selected arias can be the same aria that you submit for the semi-finals stage.

4.  Entrants’ Grand Final programmes should demonstrate a range of languages.

5.  All items are to be sung in the original language and key (except for accepted published transpositions of German Lieder, French Melodie and European Art Song).

 

NOTES

All entrants must submit one copy of each score of their selected six items for audition as part of their application form. Scores may be submitted electronically to lexussongquest@festival.co.nz or posted to: Administrator, Lexus Song Quest, PO Box 10 113, Wellington 6143. If posting, applicants need to ensure their name and contact details are included and the music is received by the closing date of 6pm, Monday 26 March 2018.

If you are selected as a semi-finalist you will need to provide one copy of each of your scores for the Semi-Finals stage and the Grand Final by 6pm, Friday 18 May 2018. Scores may be submitted electronically to lexussongquest@festival.co.nz or posted to: Administrator, Lexus Song Quest, PO Box 10 113, Wellington 6143.

For overseas applicants auditioning by video entry, the recording must be supplied in mp4 or DVD format and contain a vocal track of all six items and a recording of your performance of the six items. The vocal recording must be of a professional quality to give you the best chance of auditioning by video for the judges.  The tracks must be unedited, recorded without excessive reverb or processing and have a good balance between the voice and piano. The visual recording of your performance of the six items is to ensure the preliminary judges are able to witness your performance style as an integral part of the judging process. Audition videos may be submitted electronically as either:

(a) mp4 files sent via an online file transfer website (eg Dropbox) and emailed to lexussongquest@festival.co.nz, or

(b) via DVD and posted to: Administrator, Lexus Song Quest, PO Box 10 113, Wellington 6143.

Each song must be individually labelled with the name of the applicant and the name of the item. Video auditions must arrive no later than Friday 27 April 2018.