Our new production of this Pulitzer-winning opera follows the story of two youth who, seeking safety and shelter, are lured into an exploitative situation by their traffickers, Mr & Mrs. XE. While the story paints a picture of the reality of the trafficking of youth in our communities, it also depicts the resilience of survivors and the journey of reclaiming one’s power.
Helping us shape this production is our team of social workers, survivors, human rights advocates, sex workers, lawyers and opera producers. Together, our goal is to explore how opera can be a tool for disrupting systemic issues and instigating societal change.
We are seeking dynamic singers that are as passionate about social justice as they are about opera.
Comfortable singing diverse musical styles and have a risk-taking attitude.
Have strong musicianship skills or artistic processes that allow you to learn and memorize very complex musical scores.
Excited to dive into a creative process that includes learning about the systemic issues depicted on stage.
For a reference, do listen to the audio recording of Angel’s Bone.
This Canadian premiere will see performances in November 2022 on Coast Salish Lands, xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw, and səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (colonially, Vancouver) and in late winter / early spring 2023 in Tkaronto on the traditional lands of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples (colonially, Toronto).
Candidates have the option to audition by sharing recorded materials online or by attending in-person:
Vancouver on September 19, 2021 from 11am - 3pm
Toronto on September 22 and Nov. 23, from 1 pm -4pm
Please bring 2 pieces (please include English if possible) that you feel best represent your voice and artistry.
We understand that opera and casting processes often perpetuate gender-based stereotypes and biases. We encourage you to select which roles you would like to be considered for based on your vocal range and ability.
Mrs. XE: mezzo-soprano range with coloratura
Mr. XE: Baritone range
Girl Angel: Any treble voice. This part includes a punk-rock, slam-poetry style spoken solo.
Boy Angel: tenor range or countertenor range.
Chorus - Soprano
Chorus - Alto
Chorus - Tenor
Chorus - Bass
(many of the chorus roles also have secondary solo characters)
We will do our very best to accommodate all live-audition requests but due to limited time and safety restrictions in our venues, we may not be able to hear everyone in person.
Please use the following form to learn more about the project, our creative process and to request an in-person audition or submit video files for casting consideration.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org