Audition Information

FRI 11.11.16 5:00 - 7:00 Hampshire College, location TBA
SAT 11.12.16 10:00 - 2:00 UMass Amherst, Room 44, Music Building
SAT 11.12.16 3:00 - 6:00 Smith College, Earle Recital Hall
SUN 11.13.16 3:00 - 6:00 Amherst College, Room 3, Arms Music Center
SUN 11.13.16 MHC 7:00-10:00 Mount Holyoke College, Warbeke Room
MON 11.14.16 7:00 - 10:00 CALLBACKS, Amherst College, Buckley Recital Hall


Please plan to arrive 15 minutes early for your audition. Questions may be directed to William Hite or Eric Sawyer.

Singers interested in auditioning for roles will be asked to prepare an excerpt from the opera as well as a song or aria in English of their choosing.A pianist will be provided; singers should bring sheet music for their selected English song or aria. Music need not be memorized. If a singer is interested in participating in the chorus ensemble they may similarly present a song or aria of their choosing as well as preparing their vocal part for the Ensemble excerpt provided below.

Roles available are described below. You are welcome to audition for multiple roles, for the ensemble in addition to a role, or for the ensemble only. Links to scores and audio for the auditions can be found under each role.

Roles for The Scarlet Professor

Ensemble (SATB): Generally represents groups of the judgmental public, including citizens concerned about indecency, young interns in a mental ward, the townspeople of The Scarlet Letter, and citizens of Northampton. Onstage for approximately half of the opera.

Newton Arvin (tenor): Professor at Smith College, 60 years old, eminent scholar on American literature with particular focus on Hawthorne and The Scarlet Letter. Occasionally steps into the persona of Reverend Dimmesdale, a fictional character from The Scarlet Letter.

Ned Spofford (baritone): Lecturer in classics at Smith, late 20’s. Accused along with Arvin in indecency scandal.

Helen Bacon (soprano): Chair of classics at Smith, around 40. Righteous defender within the college of Arvin and Ned.

Hester Prynne (mezzo-soprano): Fictional heroine of The Scarlet Letter, forced to wear a scarlet ‘A’ for committing adultery, summoned to the opera through Arvin’s literary imagination.

Sgt. John Regan (bass-baritone): Officer in the state police anti-smut unit, single-minded investigator of obscenity cases who targets Arvin and other Smith faculty.

Truman Capote (mezzo-soprano or contralto): Celebrated author, former lover and continuing friend of Arvin.

Doctor (soprano): Attending psychiatrist in mental ward, well-meaning but absurdly benighted in her treatment of shame-related disorders.

Arthur Summerfield (baritone): Postmaster General of the United States, standard bearer of a movement to expose moral undesirables, including homosexuals, particularly in academia.

Audition Materials