Audition Information

Harrow Opera is planning a fully staged production of Puccini’s "Il tabarro" and Menotti's "The Medium" from 18th to 21st April 2024, to be performed at the Compass Theatre, Ickenham.

The production will be in English and accompanied by piano.

Auditions are open, however preference for roles will be given to Harrow Opera members (who achieve a suitable standard). Where audition slots for specific roles are very oversubscribed, auditions may be limited to those prepared to consider another role.


Auditions will be held at the Harrow Arts Centre in the Grimsdyke Room from 14.00 to 17.00 on Sunday 9th July 2023 and Sunday 16th July 2023.

Harrow Arts Centre, Uxbridge Road, Hatch End, Middlesex, HA5 4EA (Nearest public transport Hatch End Station)  Click here for map.

All singers should prepare the relevant excerpt from the list. Auditionees may not be required to sing their whole item.

Auditionees may be asked to take some direction during the audition.


Il tabarro
Page numbers from Ricordi VS (Italian or English, we will be doing our own English translation)

MICHEL  Baritone:  pp102-109

LUIGI  Tenor:  pp44-48 and pp79-81

FRUGOLA   Mezzo-soprano :  pp34-36 and pp38-40

GEORGETTE   Soprano :  pp22-24 (or any dramatic Puccini Aria)

TINCA  Tenor:  p14 (or any small Puccini aria)

TALPA  Baritone:  pp12-13

SONG VENDOR  Tenor or Soprano:  p25

The Medium
Page numbers refer to Schirmer VS

MADAME FLORA (BABA)  Contralto:  p72 'Toby you know I love you' – to – p74 'silk and golden scarf' and p76 [Fig.12] 'You see, you make me angry' – to – p83 [last bar] 'So you won’t answer, eh!'

MONICA (teenage/early 20s)  Soprano:  p63 'Up in the sky' – to – p69 'fall in my arms'

Mrs GOBINEAU  Soprano:  p18 'It happened long ago' – to – p21 'and when I looked'

Mr GOBINEAU  Baritone:  p94 'It might wekk be you thought' – to – p98 'just once more, Madame Flora! [Trio Line]'

Mrs NOLAN  Mezzo-soprano:  p26 'Doodly, is it you?' – to – p28 'I'm very much alone' and p94 'Surely noe you won't let us down' – to – p98 'just once more, Madame Flora! [Trio Line]'

TOBY  Mute:  This part needs a young dancer good at impro!


Please note Harrow Opera is an amateur group and totally self-funding. We require performance fees to be paid to us in order that we can put on a show.

No roles will be confirmed until fees have been paid

Baba, Monica, Michele, Luigi, Giorgetta: £150

Smaller Roles: £110

Chorus: £60

All principal singers are expected to sell a minimum of eight tickets.

Roles will be double cast and principals will be required to sing chorus on their off nights.

Rehearsals will take place at the Harrow Arts Centre and/or St John’s United Reform Church, Hallowell Road, Northwood on Sunday afternoons and Thursday evenings from September until the show date. There may also be additional rehearsals in the last two weeks before the performances, with compulsory dress rehearsals, tech and Sitzprobe. Please do not take the role if you are unable to commit to the majority of rehearsals.

Please submit all known N/As at the time of audition

Please e-mail Adrienne Walters at to arrange an audition slot or for further information.

Click here to download a full copy of the audition information:    Audition Download