SKYPE AUDITIONS BEGIN ON JUNE 7, 2017
(11AM - 1PM DAILY UNTIL OPERA IS CAST)
SoBe Arts, Miami Beach, is Skype casting singers for the world premiere of TESLA, by Carson Kievman and Thomas Babe, an *multidisciplinary opera about the exceptional life, explorations and brilliant inventions of Nikola Tesla.‘Tesla’ was conceived in 1986 at the Eugene O’Neil Music Theater Conference. Tom Babe and Carson Kievman co-wrote the libretto in the 1990s and two scenes were previewed at the New York City Opera Vox Festival in 2004. The Libretto was slightly revised and the score was completed in April 2016. Nikola Tesla's life story will be told with carefully mapped digital animations, engineered mechanical stage devices, human and poetic storytelling via an exquisitely crafted libretto and innovative music. Link to OPERA SUMMARY. Stage Director, Jeffrey Marc Buchman Music Director, Mary Adelyn Kauffman
1. A resume (CV only) and headshot — BOTH IN PDF FORM. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Access to at least three different video/audio samples of your singing (preferably video).
(You can direct us to a YouTube or Vimeo video, or similar links,
or email MP3s).
Performances, September 28 - October 1, 2017.The Colony Theater, Miami Beach.
Rehearsals begin last week of August. Confidential fee will be commensurate with role. Travel and lodging provided only for singers cast from out of town.
Casting info & Requirements:
You must have professional stage performance experience.
You must have excellent musicianship skills and be able to learn music easily.
You must have excellent English diction.
STILL CASTING FOR:
1. THOMAS EDISON: Baritone (with strong falsetto)
3. MARK TWAIN: Baritone
4. MRS. MINA MILLER EDISON: Mezzo Soprano
5. CHARLES PROTEUS STEINMETZ: Tenor
6. SIX MEMBER CHORUS – All voice types needed (SATB) also play various small roles (locals only).
OUR CAST SO FAR:
Kenneth Mattice as NIKOLA TESLA
Blake Friedman as GEORGE WESTINGHOUSE
Emily Solo as TOMMIE (aka HUCKLEBERRY)
Kyle Albertson as J.P. MORGAN
Anastasia Malliaras as MARIE ASTOR HAMPTON
"Tesla" depicts the operatic rise of a penniless Serbo-Croatian immigrant to the heights of Gilded Age fame and power, the revolutionary race with Thomas Edison to fuel a new era of electricity. The second part explores the portentous aftermath: from the peak of worldly renown, Nikola Tesla pursues relentless visions of tapping natural forces that could further liberate mankind, but instead lead to his earthly demise.
A true visionary, Tesla gave away a vast number of patents because they were fossil fuel-consuming, and went to work on the Tesla Coil which would connect humanity to the very wheelwork of nature and allow the extraction of free and non-polluting energy for all. As a result he died a pauper, crushed by the greed and hunger for power of his contemporaries.
* multidisciplinary is not about the performers. It's about the production. The inclusion of mechanical and electrical engineers, sculpture as well as the usual design team.