Richard Wagner's

Forbidden Love

Auditions Saturday, November 16, 2019

Cailin Doran, Stage Director

Juliet Cunningham, Music Director

Martha Birnbaum, Producer

Saturday, November 16, 2019 in Cambridge, The Cambridge Chamber Ensemble is holding auditions for Richard Wagner’s early rousing comic opera Forbidden Love (Das Liebesverbot), to be sung in English. Written in his youth before Wagner became “Wagner,” Forbidden Love is based on Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure. The opera is in the style of early 19th century Italian comic opera, but holds hints of the mature Wagner – leitmotifs and unrestrained sexuality vs. established social order.


Performances are at Warehouse XI, Union Square, Somerville, May 22 - 24, 2020. Rehearsals in March - May. Fully costumed and staged, with dual piano accompaniment. Forbidden Love will run about 2 hours and has 11 lead roles, and a small number of chorus parts. This is a paid position.


To request an audition, please email with a current headshot, resume and audition repertoire titles (see below for suggestions). English preferred or a short piece (32 bars) in English.



Isabella (Novice nun) – soprano

Dorella (former fiancée of Luzio) – soprano

Mariana (Novice nun and Friedrich's jilted wife) – soprano

Luzio (a young nobleman) – tenor

Claudio (Isabella’s brother) – tenor

Pontio Pilato (Danieli’s servant) – tenor

Antonio or Antonia (Luzio’s friend) – tenor or alto

Friedrich (governor of Sicily) – baritone  

Brighella (policeman) – buffo baritone

Angelo (Luzio’s friend) – baritone

Danieli (an inkeeper) – bass

Covers/chorus – SATB


Audition Piece Requirements (English preferred)
There will be a short movement sequence and a cold reading.

Isabella: “Ocean Thou Mighty Monster” from Weber’s Oberon or its equivalent

Mariana: a lyric aria

Dorella : a comic aria with a wide range

Brighella : a buffo aria, Rossini or something similar

Luzio : the Donkey aria from The Marriage of Figaro, or its equivalent.

Claudio: Donizetti aria or its equivalent

Friedrich: Scarpio’s aria from Tosca or its equivalent

Pontio Pilato: a comic aria

Antonio, Angelo, Danieli: an aria in English

Chorus: a short piece in English


Cailin Doran, Stage Director

Juliet Cunningham, Music Director

Martha Birnbaum, Producer


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