From the Musicians of the Lyric Opera Orchestra regarding Lyric Opera of Chicago management’s decision to cancel the upcoming viola audition:
Our sincere apologies to our viola audition candidates
For the airline tickets you purchased
For the hours you spent practicing opera excerpts
For the coachings you paid for to prepare for this audition
For the time you could have spent with family instead of learning unfamiliar repertoire
For the time you could have dedicated to another audition for a different orchestra - one that wouldn't rescind its invitation with little notice
For taking time off from work for your scheduled audition date here
For inspiring hope about joining a world class opera company — one that unfortunately seems to be operated by people with little respect for your time, talent, or money
For our belief that this audition wouldn’t be cancelled on less than 2 weeks notice
We value everyone’s commitment to preparing for all auditions. We know the 10,000 hours minimum you put into learning your instrument, and we know it’s both exciting and terrifying to walk through the stage doors to an audition. In our recent contract negotiations and strike, we fought hard to keep this and several other positions from being eliminated. Ironically, it all fell on deaf ears.
We wish you all the success in the world. We’re very sorry your success can’t be with us.