Jobs & Auditions
Audition Opportunities for 2014 Season
THE DEATH OF KLINGHOFFER
Long Beach Opera/CA will hold male chorus and mezzo auditions ONLY for the SoCal Premiere of THE DEATH OF KLINGHOFFER, directed by James Robinson. In 1985, Palestinian Terrorists hijacked the cruise ship Achille Lauro and senselessly murdered a Jewish-American passenger. Adams’ landmark opera is a microcosm of human tragedy that LA Times calls a “rare insight into the most troubling and destructive political and cultural division of our age.”
- AUDITION DATES/TIMES: Monday, December 9, 7:30pm-9:30pm
- PREPARE: 2 contrasting opera pieces and 1 excerpt (will be sent with confirmation letter). An accompanist will be provided.
- REHEARSALS: Begin February 1, 2014 in Long Beach. Tech week runs March 11-14.
- PERFORMANCES: March 16, 22, 2014
Artists must have housing, transportation, and be available for all tech and performances.
TO SIGN UP FOR A 10 MINUTE SLOT: Send headshot and resume in an email to email@example.com with subject header – KLINGHOFFER: Audition for (your last name).
TITLE ROLE AUDITIONS: Long Beach Opera and Chicago Opera Theater will hold auditions for the title role in QUEENIE PIE, directed and choreographed by Ken Roht. Duke Ellington’s only opera and one of his fairly unknown and rarely performed works, QUEENIE PIE, blends big band sound and clever lyrics with the musical styles of opera, jazz and musical theater. QUEENIE PIE is the story of a Harlem belle who finds an elixir of “everylasting anythingness” in her pursuit of straight hair and a crown. Inspired by the life of Mme C.J. Walker, hair product mogul and this country’s first female African-American self-made millionaire, social status, beauty, and racial divides are redefined in Ellington’s raucous affair.
- ROLE: Queenie Pie, 30-55 yrs, dark-skinned African American. Strong and proud, with a good sense of humor. She is an attractive and spirited matriarch and a curious, petulant child, all in one. She struggles to find her true sense of power and identity.
- RANGE: F3-F5.
- PREPARE: 2 contrasting legit musical theater pieces. Singers/actors will be asked to do some choreography and readings. Please send a headshot and resume.
- LBO REHEARSALS: Jan 2 - Jan 24.
- LBO PERFORMANCES: Jan 26, Feb 1, 2, 2014. Warner Grand Theater, San Pedro.
- COT REHEARSALS: Feb 8 - 14
- COT PERFORMANCES: Feb 15, 21, 23, Mar 5, 2014. The Harris Theater of Music and Dance.
LBO is seeking team oriented people who are willing to join us for the adventure this season! We need knowledgeable, experienced, quick, good humored, and project oriented Carpenters, Electricians, Prop Masters, and Dressers/Stitchers starting with Queenie Pie. Hours are often long, rewarding, and made for people who like to be part of a team. Lunch and parking is often provided during the tech/load in week. Must have a valid driver's license. Pay is often a flat fee. Send a cover letter and resume in PDF to firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls. No faxes.
Audition announcements will be posted on the LBO website and will be sent to agents. Auditions are held only for specific roles in upcoming productions. LBO is not able to offer private auditions to singers who are passing through Southern California and wish to be heard for future consideration. If you would like to be considered for an audition, please send us a link to a YouTube or other video selection of your work to email@example.com. If you have management, and wish to be considered for a specific role in a production announced on our website, ask your manager to contact LBO about that role at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that at this time LBO does not hold general auditions.
SUBMISSIONS OF NEW WORKS
If you are a composer who would like to have a work taken into consideration for production at the Long Beach Opera, please submit the following: A comprehensive synopsis of the work, describing the action by scene and a sound or video recording via YouTube or another format where we can easily and quickly determine whether your work may be a match for our needs. If we are interested we will contact you and request further materials. Please mail materials to:
507 Pacific Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90802
Please follow the steps described above, and do not mail scores unsolicited as we will not have the time to review them.
DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT
The Director of Development is the senior advancement leader for Long Beach Opera, reporting to the General & Artistic Director. The Director of Development is responsible for planning and executing the organization’s strategic and operational development activities in support of an organizational budget currently at $1.3 million. She/he will work closely with the Board of Directors and local, regional and national foundation, corporate, government and individual funders to identify and grow the resources to support the Long Beach Opera’s artistic vision and strategic organizational development. The goal is that LBO will grow in quantity and quality of productions, diversity of venues, and expanded educational impacts to an annual budget of $2.0 million by 2015.
ROLES AND RESONSIBILITIES
The Director of Development works with the General & Artistic Director and Board of Directors to support the artistic vision and help attain the company’s goals. The immediate and essential focus and duties of the Director of Development will be:
- To create a comprehensive Development Plan, with a focus on LBO annual funding, major gift procurement, and planned giving
- To extend LBO’s reach into all of the communities we serve, with a focus on the Long Beach community through immersion in and attendance of local community events
- Ability to exhibit a level of comfort and engagement with diverse strata of potential donors
- Development and implementation of systems and procedures that will aid in and sustain growth in our acquisition of grant funding, donor outreach and patron cultivation
Other essential duties include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Provide leadership for planning, creating and executing all annual fundraising activities including foundation, corporate, government solicitations, individual donor solicitation and cultivation, and special events
- Create a long-range strategic development plan with the Board of Directors and the General & Artistic Director that supports the vision of the organization which includes corporate sponsorship, major donor cultivation, planned giving and endowment and capital campaigns
- Oversee and actively participate in grant prospecting, planning and writing
- Guide the implementation of the development plan with Board of Directors, General & Artistic Director, and staff
- Manage donor and prospective donor relationships through a comprehensive program of identification, introduction, cultivation, and benefit fulfillment activities
- Assist Board members in planning and meeting their individual development goals
- Represent the Long Beach Opera to the community at events and conferences as appropriate
- Establish development policies, systems, and procedures, with a special emphasis on professionalism and ethical standards for soliciting, tracking and reporting gifts and for exceeding the expectations of individual, corporate, foundation and government donors
- Advise the General & Artistic Director and Board of Directors in service of the organization’s major donors and prospects and support good stewardship strategies for these donors
- Create a “culture of Development” at the Long Beach Opera with the Board of Directors, General & Artistic Director and staff
- Oversee the planning and execution of the Long Beach Opera’s annual gala with the Gala Committee
- Supervise the appropriate use of donor software and reporting, ensuring donor privacy, data accuracy and timeliness of reporting
- Develop fundraising initiatives in support of the array of Long Beach Opera programs
- Participate as a member of the senior management team
- Manage development personnel and volunteers
TRAITS AND CHARACTERISTICS
The selected individual will be a self-starting, creative, and entrepreneurial development professional with the ability to prioritize and achieve desired fund development goals. She/he will be a responsible problem solver who is a result-oriented leader that understands and appreciates the innovative artistic goals and vision of the Long Beach Opera The successful candidate will be a poised leader with the flexibility to identify and pursue new avenues for growth and who can balance a strong interest in music and opera with a bottom-line focus on generating the resources to support the work of the company. Leading candidates will demonstrate resiliency in successfully working with a wide-range of people and will possess a strong customer orientation. She/he will be a highly skilled communicator who is able to generate enthusiasm among diverse stakeholders with a team oriented approach. The ability to embrace challenges and opportunities with a keen sense of accuracy and urgency to keep the development activities on track is highly desirable.
Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 5 years proven development experience at the managerial level with a successful track record in individual giving (major and annual), corporate, foundation, and government fundraising, and a working knowledge of special events. Experience in soliciting and closing donations in all core components of the fundraising mix. Excellent interpersonal skills, organizational ability, superior written and oral communication capabilities, and the ability to lead and motivate fellow team members and volunteers to achieve organizational development goals. Strong knowledge of contact management systems (experience with CHOICE is preferable), prospect research methods, and experience presenting to Boards and high-level donors.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
Competitive compensation and standard benefits package.
APPLICATIONS AND INQUIRIES
Please submit a letter and resume with a summary of demonstrable accomplishments either online or by mail:
Monica LaBenda, Director of Administration
Long Beach Opera
507 Pacific Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90802
Founded in 1979, Long Beach Opera (LBO) is the longest established opera company in the Los Angeles Metro region. LBO has produced more than 90 major operas, including 6 world premieres, 10 American premieres, and 15 West Coast premieres. By highlighting uncommon and extraordinary works, presented in unpredictable and engaging ways, LBO has developed a reputation as a leading opera innovator in the US. The Wall Street Journal described LBO as, “Highly innovative,” the New York Times called LBO’s approach “Daring,” and the Los Angeles Times wrote, “LBO deserves a medal for its unequalled history of operatic innovation in America."
Two visionary leaders have guided LBO over the years – founder, Michael Milenski, led the organization until 2003. Since then, Austrian-born conductor Andreas Mitisek has steered LBO as Artistic and General Director. Over the past three years, LBO's annual productions have grown from three to five; season subscriptions have increased 75%, from 608 in 2010 to 815 in 2012, and contributed support has increased 53% from 2011 to 2012. Whether audiences look on from around a swimming pool or peer out into a 3,000-seat theater from their seats on stage, LBO challenges the conventional boundaries of opera experience and provides a fresh perspective on the art form.
Located on the Southern California coast about 30 miles south of Los Angeles, Long Beach is the fifth largest city in California. Long Beach is a community of just under 500,000 residents, and one of the most diverse cities in the United States. Long Beach is home to one of the world’s largest ports and is the site of The Queen Mary and the Aquarium of the Pacific, which are major regional tourist attractions. Airport-close, a brief and pleasant cruise away from Catalina Island and a short distance from Disneyland, Universal Studios Hollywood and everything Southern California has to offer, Long Beach is the perfect destination. With an average temperature of 74 degrees and myriad parks and beaches, Long Beach provides many opportunities for outdoor recreation. The city also boasts a vibrant cultural community including the Long Beach Symphony, the Long Beach Museum of Art, and the Museum of Latin American Art (the only museum of its kind in the western United States), among others.