Auditions

We are still seeking:

  • Pianist(s)
  • Stage Director
  • Music Director
  • Vitellia (soprano)
  • Sesto (mezzo)
  • Annio (mezzo)
  • Servilia (soprano)
  • Tito (tenor)
  • Publio (baritone/bass)

Rehearsal Dates

Thursdays from 7pm-10pm, Saturdays from 10am-3pm

To audition, please fill out the audition form and include a link to a YouTube or Google Drive audition video. Audition selections should show acting skills and some familiarity with Italian opera or art song repertoire.

Chorus This production features a small SATB chorus which will be staged along with the principal cast. Chorus members will not be called to all rehearsals. Chorus members may also be cast as study covers for one of the principal roles (attending rehearsals for that role and taking notes in case they are asked to jump in), which can lead to being cast in a principal role the following semester.

Roles

This show is not yet fully cast.

Vitellia (soprano or high mezzo) doesn’t care if she has to marry Tito or kill him to get her throne back, but her lover Sesto isn’t all that thrilled about either option. Once Sesto finally agrees to go through with the murder, Vitellia receives a marriage proposal from Tito. Unable to halt the coup, she tries to cover her tracks and abandon Sesto to his fate – after all, she got what she wanted – but discovers she’s not as coldhearted as she thought.

Range: G3 to D6.

Sesto (mezzo-soprano) is very in love with Vitellia and very aware it’s a bad idea. He tries maintain peace between his friends and support Tito as the emperor navigates the expectations of political marriage, but finds himself drawn back again and again by Vitellia’s magnetism. A predictably terrible assassin, but surprisingly stubborn.

Range: C4 to Bb5.

Annio (soprano or mezzo-soprano) spends most of his time running around trying to find people, bringing news, and helping out – or at least trying. He thinks the world of his sweetheart Servilia, tries to step out of her way so she can become empress, and teams up with her to find a way to save Sesto.

Range: D4 to A5.

Servilia (soprano) is possibly the only one in Rome with any common sense, and will find a solution to any challenge, whether that’s sidestepping the emperor’s marriage proposal to stay faithful to Annio, or finding the one person who can save her brother’s life. She has very little patience with Vitellia.

Range: D4 to A5.

Tito (tenor) is the emperor – a friendly, ordinary guy who’s in way over his head with the amount of responsibility he’s expected to handle. Rome is waiting for him to choose a new empress, but he would really rather focus on philanthropy (the fun part of being emperor) and hanging out with Sesto and Annio. His optimism is severely shaken when Sesto is convicted of his attempted murder.

Range: E4 to G5/A5.

Note: This role has been reduced from its original scope. Tito now sings only the Act 2 trio, Act 2 Finale, and possibly a shortened version of the Act 1 aria “Del più sublime soglio”. Most high notes are G’s, with one half-note A.

Publio (baritone or bass) is Tito’s advisor and voice of reason, and may actually be running the country. Routinely frustrated by Tito’s happy-go-lucky leniency and friendliness with his subjects, Publio tries to keep Tito on task and ensure he handles the responsibilities of leadership as well as the pleasant public-facing jobs. Cynical, pessimistic, and responsible.

Range: Bb2 to D4.

Production Team

Pianist(s) accompany all rehearsals and performances, so UT Dallas students are preferred. Must have previous accompanying experience in addition to solo piano performance. Sight-reading skills are a huge plus but not required.

Stage Director We are seeking a director to help stage a site-flexible production that can tour to different non-theatrical local venues. Previous directing experience is required; previous musical theatre or opera directing experience is strongly preferred.

Music Director We are seeking a music director to coach singers and direct the ensemble pieces and choruses. Must have previous music directing experience and reasonable familiarity with Mozart’s style and Italian language.

Crew

Volunteering as a crew member is a great way to get behind the scenes at Comet Opera without the semester commitment! Depending on your department, you may be called for just a month or even a week of rehearsals – or even just the performances. All ages, all schedules, and all students-and-non-students are welcome. Contact us to become part of the opera magic!

In the month before a show, we need volunteers to assemble set pieces, sew or alter costumes, and manage props.

During tech week itself, we need stagehands to move set pieces, help with hair and makeup, run supertitles, and transport heavy objects like keyboards and amps (having a truck is a big plus!).

If you want to volunteer just for the night of a performance, we need ushers to distribute programs, direct people to the event, take donations, answer questions, and sell concessions.