Preparing lyric singers for auditions

Preparing lyric singers for auditions

Raphaël Sikorski  

Vocal technique and repertoire

Yves Coudray  


Raffaella Coletti 

Artistic agent

Rosemarie Bourgault 


Paul Montag 

Repertoire coaching ( piano )

Elisabeth Fresnel

Speech pathologist

Crucial points for an audition

  • A healthy instrument
  • A good vocal technique
  • A repertoire which is suitable for the instrument and for the physique of the singer
  • A repertoire which is well-prepared technically and musically
  • A perfect scenic presentation
  • A well-written curriculum vitae

Structure of the training

  • Candidates evaluation at the start fictive audition with a piano and a jury 15 min per participant
  • A list of 5 operatic arias
  • The first operatic aria is chosen by the snger and then two arias are chosen by the jury form the list.
  • (Use of video as a means for feedback)

Speech Pathologist intervention

  • Vocal instrument functioning and it's maintenance

Artistic agent intervention 

  • How an artistic agent makes an evaluation of a lyric artist during an audition ?
  • How does he decide to work with a lyric artist ?
  • What means will he use when working with the artist ?

Work with the singing teacher and the artistic agent

  • Debriefing of the audition in the presence of the artistic agent
  • Was the repertoire adapted ? is it coherent ?
  • Was the performance acceptable for an artistic agent ?
  • Was the curriculum vitae acceptable ?
  • Are the photos representative of the artist ?
  • Individual work on CV, letter of motivation ...
  • Building an auditioning strategy for each participant : for who is the audition ? when does it take place?
  • Use of videos of the auditions to debrief with each candidate.

Working with the vocal technique teacher

The teacher of vocal technique will cover the following points :
  • Posture
  • Creating a posture assessment
  • Assessing the lingual praxies and the temporo-mandibular articulation in the practice of singing
  • Assessment and normalisation of the muscular chaines
  • Assessment and normalisation of the ventilation mechanism
  • Use of a video as a feedback tool for learning or correcting posture during singing

Working with the piano accompanist

  • Establishment of an audition repertoire

Working on the repertoire with the teacher of vocal technique and the piano accompanist

  • The repertoire of the audition will be defined with vocal coach and piano accompanist
  • The indications proposed by the artistic agent will be taken into account during these sessions.
  • The audition repertoire will be technically and musically enriched

Working with the Psychologist

  • Personal presentation
  • Psychological approach to the audition ( psychological coaching )
  • Stress management and management of fear

Scenic work
  • Body work
  • Work on text and meaning
  • Constructing the worked repertoire
  • Personal presentation

Final Evaluation of candidates

  • Fictive audition with a piano and a jury (the artistic agent will be present )
  • This audition will give the opportunity to assess the different improvements that the candidates made during the three weeks of training.