Voice Labs and Auditions
Auditions: Milwaukee Opera Theatre schedules auditions as needed and none are currently planned; however, if you're in town and would like to introduce yourself, consider attending a Voice Lab.
Date Time Location Pianist
Sunday, September 2 7-9 PM Jill Anna’s House Anne Van Deusen
Saturday, October 27 1-3 PM Carroll University Melissa Cardamone
Sunday, November 4 7-9 PM Be Spectacled Donna Kummer
Monday, February 11 7-9 PM Be Spectacled Addy Stoiber
Wednesday, March 13 7-9 PM Carroll University Chris Ruck
Monday, May 13 7-9 PM Jill Anna’s House Ruben Piirainen
Addresses: Carroll University Otteson Theatre Be Spectacled
238 N East Avenue 7605 Harwood Avenue
Waukesha, WI 53186 Wauwatosa, WI 53213
What is a Voice Lab? It's what happens when singer-actors gather to perform and practice their craft for each other.
How does Voice Lab work? MOT hires a pianist to play any piece that a performer is interested in working on. The singer performs in front of a supportive audience of peers. We proceed through a response process that includes time for questions, opinions, and the opportunity for the artist to work on their work. At the end of the evening we break for snacks, conversation and community.
What has Voice Lab been used for? Voice Lab has been used by professional artists to prepare for auditions, try out new repertoire and revisit old, familiar pieces. Composers have used Voice Lab to assist them in the development of new work. Voice Lab has been used by avocational singers to continue their practice and by singers returning to music after a hiatus who want a safe place to try things out. Voice Lab is here to support you in whatever way it can.
What does it cost? Voice Labs are offered free of charge. This is one way we support the growth of artists and their art.
Where is it held and how do I sign up? Voice Labs are informal and are often held at the home of Artistic Director, Jill Anna Ponasik. If you'd like to attend a Lab, please send Jill Anna an email at firstname.lastname@example.org You are welcome to attend a Lab even if you'd just like to listen and applaud, though singing of all sorts, is encouraged. This season, we're delighted to offer two Labs at Carroll University Otteson Theatre (238 N. East Avenue in Waukesha), and we're introducing a new venue, Be Spectacled (7605 Harwood Avenue in the Tosa village). Special thanks to Dr. Mark Veth for inviting us to fill his optometry shop with opera.