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The Audition 

An engrossing behind-the-scenes quasi-documentary as 10 hopefuls vie for a spot on the Met's roster.

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Susan Froemke

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Deborah Dickson (story consultant), Sheila Curran Bernard (text: writing cunsultant)
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Jamie Barton Jamie Barton ... Herself - The 2007 National Council Auditions Grand Finalists, Winner
Kiera Duffy Kiera Duffy ... Herself - The 2007 National Council Auditions Grand Finalists
Michael Fabiano Michael Fabiano ... Himself - The 2007 National Council Auditions Grand Finalists, Winner
Dísella Lárusdóttir Dísella Lárusdóttir ... Herself - The 2007 National Council Auditions Grand Finalists
Ryan McKinny Ryan McKinny ... Himself -The 2007 National Council Auditions Grand Finalists
Angela Meade Angela Meade ... Herself - The 2007 National Council Auditions Grand Finalists, Winner
Nicholas Pallesen Nicholas Pallesen ... Himself - The 2007 National Council Auditions Grand Finalists
Matthew Plenk Matthew Plenk ... Himself - The 2007 National Council Auditions Grand Finalists
Alek Shrader Alek Shrader ... Himself - The 2007 National Council Auditions Grand Finalists, Winner
Ryan Smith Ryan Smith ... Himself - The 2007 National Council Auditions Grand Finalists, Winner
Amber L. Wagner Amber L. Wagner ... Herself - The 2007 National Council Auditions Grand Finalists, Winner
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra Metropolitan Opera Orchestra ... Themselves - Orchestra
Marco Armiliato Marco Armiliato ... Himself - Conducted by
Jay David Saks Jay David Saks ... Music Producer
Lindsay Ammann Lindsay Ammann ... Herself - Semi-Finalists
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An engrossing behind-the-scenes quasi-documentary as 10 hopefuls vie for a spot on the Met's roster.

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2009 (Japan) See more »

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Torna ai felici di
from "Le Villi"
Music by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by Ferdinando Fontana
Courtesy of Universal Music - Careers of behalf of Universal Music Publ. Ricordi S.R.L.
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A terrific film about a tough, tough competition
18 February 2012 | by Red-125See all my reviews

"The Audition"(2008) was directed Susan Frömke. The movie is a documentary about the weeks preceding the Metropolitan Opera's 2007 National Council Auditions. The film is tension-arousing, because winning the competition is an important step towards an opera career. This competition is prestigious, but it is incredibly intense.

About 1,800 singers enter the competition, and only six are winners. The problem for the judges--and for us watching the movie--is that the 12 finalists are all excellent, experienced singers. They're all great, but only half of them will be winners.

The movie is interesting because the participants are kept busy in the week leading up to the competition. They pick their costumes, have breathing and acting lessons, work with the conductor (Marco Armiliato), and try to establish some sort of group cohesiveness, despite the fact that they are competitors.

As far as I could tell, nothing was staged for the movie--what we see is what was actually taking place. Of course, some of the singers were interviewed in front of the camera, and that was not a natural part of the process. Even so, this was a real documentary. We watched the competition unfold just as it was happening. This is reality--not reality TV.

"The Audition" is a wonderful film and definitely worth seeking out and seeing. We watched it on DVD, and it worked very well. If you like opera, this film is a must. If you're not an opera fan, you will still understand and enjoy the movie. If you hate opera, probably better to pick another film.


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