If you’re applying for a specific principal role, the best thing you can do is prepare one of that role’s arias in the original language. It’s even more important if you want to be considered for any of the roles in opera that require extremes of range or flexibility. (If you want to be cast as Queen of the Night, for example, you’d better sing Der Hölle Rache!)
You will really help yourself if you prepare an aria in the original language for the role for which you wish to audition. Besides that, you are welcome to sing other songs which show off your voice, acting ability and personality — art songs, “operatic” musical theatre pieces, etc.
We know that some people don’t have any operatic repertoire ready. That’s fine. We cast the smaller roles from less experienced people all the time — in this case we’re looking for musicality, personality and intelligence. We’d rather hear you sing something you do really, really well than something that doesn’t fit you at all, or that you’re just not ready for.
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