Key Terminology

Terminology

LEARN THE JARGON

Stage Dorr. Usually at the side or back of the theater. Look for many bicycles parked nearby!

Stage Entrance Doorman.
Person at the Stage Entrance who signs you into the theater, often in a little glassed in office. You can usually leave a suitcase there and have them order a cab when you leave

Just say Ka-bay-bay, but watch the diphthongs!)
Daily artistic administration-they arrange everything from your audition to the rehearsal plans-you’ll go there to sign in for your audition and they ll run the audition backstage, from setting the order to asking you to stay to talk to someone or say bye bye. If you need to sing early to catch a train they’re the ones to talk to.

Pianist

Coaching / rehearsal studio

Conductor who is often also an accompanist, Either 1er, or 2er. 1er is often the Chief Conductors assistant

Head of Musical Staff
Usually knowledgable and a very capable pianist.

STAGE

Stage entrance

The Inspizient is the Stage Manager. The Pult is hisher desk,contact thoughout the theater as well as lighting and other cues. If you hear an announcement anywhere in the theater, it is the Inspizient. They will actually shepherd you onto the stage.

Chief Conductor and head of Music, often including both opera and symphony orchestras.

Opera Director. Usually a stage ddirrector. Is casting director along with the GMD, de pending on the dynamics of the particular theater

Head of the theater. Must sign the contracts. Depending on the size of theater and personality may or may not be at your audition

Cafeteria-you can almost always get something to eat or drink.

Toilet

Dressing room. Good place to to deposit coats, etc. You can also vocalize there if it’s not too close to the stage.

What you’re doing! Audition.

Job opening.

Fixed contract or position.
Usually 2 years for beginners

Contract for a specific production
Usually includes six week rehearsal period, for which you get paid a fixed sum and includes 2-4 train trips home and back, and should cover lodging either by a good salary or arrangement with a Pension. Usually paid per performance plus transportation. Will most likely be taxed, especially if y you’re not officially a tax paying resident of Germany or the EU.

Vocal category. A list of the roles a singer may be contractually  obligated to sing.

The vocal categories in which performing abilities, physical looks and characterization are most important. They appear in most operas, and especially Operetta. Soubrettes and buffo-tenors must fit the physical type and excellent stage dialogue is a must.

The vocal categories where beauty of voice, line and musicality predominate. Even for extraordinary singers, looks and acting ability are critical, especially for Lyric Sopranos.

Theater Season
Roughly from September to late June/early July
Starts at the end of Sommerferien,org Summer Vacation, which is always six weeks, but starts on different dates in each Bundesland (State). The start/end dates change each year, except in Bayern(Bavaria).
See schulferien.org

Vacation

School vacation, but they are valid for many official business. The three that most affect theaters are:
Sommerferien
Summer vacation
for instance, in Berlin 2018, it’s from July 5 to Aug. 20, but in
Bayern (Bavaria) it’s from July 30 to Sept. 10.
Osterferien
Easter Vacation
Obviously pretty much the same everywhere, in 2018 about
March 26 – April 7
Weihnachtsferien
Christmas Vacation
Also roughly the same all over, generally from
Dec. 23 to Jan. 7
Feiertagen
Holidays
There are bunches of them, and they vary among Bundesländer, mostly depending on religious history (Ah, Europe!)
You’ll have to check schulferien.org but they are single days or long weekends and often don’t affect theaters.

Summer vacation
for instance, in Berlin 2018, it’s from July 5 to Aug. 20, but in
Bayern (Bavaria) it’s from July 30 to Sept. 10.

Easter Vacation
Obviously pretty much the same everywhere, in 2018 about
March 26 – April 7

Christmas Vacation
Also roughly the same all over, generally from
Dec. 23 to Jan. 7

Holidays
There are bunches of them, and they vary among Bundesländer, mostly depending on religious history (Ah, Europe!)

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