TESS – THE ALBUM
New British writing team of Michael Blore and Michael Davies are delighted
to announce the first ever cast recording of their musical TESS
Posted on: March 7th , 2016
Album Producer: Sunim Koria
Casting Director: Anne Vosser
March 31st & April 1st, 2016 10am – 5pm
Dance Attic Rehearsal Studios, 368 North End Road, Fulham, London, SW6 1LY
Actors are requested to prepare one song of choice that shows off their full range as well as the music from the show that is provided.
Recording of the principal roles will take place at a studio in the London area and be carried out between August and September 2016 on dates agreed with the artist. Please see below for a guide to the number of days each role is required in the studio.
Almost two years in the making, this sumptuous new adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s classic novel Tess of the d’Urbervilles has been created by composer Michael Blore and award-winning playwright and lyricist Michael Davies and recently gained the critical praise of Sir Tim Rice.
TESS tells the devastating story of Tess Durbeyfield, daughter of a poor villager who fatefully discovers that they may be related to the ancient aristocratic d’Urberville family. As Tess is sent to seek respectability with her new-found relatives, she embarks on an emotional and dramatic journey that will lead her to love, loss and ultimate tragedy.
TESS couples Hardy’s iconic tale with a majestic score and evocative libretto. Fully sung-through, in the manner of Les Miserables or Phantom of the Opera, it offers a bold and highly expressive retelling of this ever-popular, much-loved story.
TESS DURBEYFIELD, 18-25, MEZZO SOPRANO/SOPRANO (range from E below middle C to G above upper C), eldest daughter of a Marlott village farming family. Beautiful-looking (and sounding!). Ability to perform with a West Country accent an advantage. Expected number of days in the studio: 8
ANGEL CLARE, 20s, HIGH BARITONE/TENOR (range from G below low C to A-flat above middle C), second son of a parson entertaining a certain wanderlust. Handsome with it. Expected number of days in the studio: 4
ALEC D’URBERVILLE, 20s to early 30s, HIGH BARITONE/TENOR (range from G below low C to A above middle C), a nouveau riche landowner. Charming and sinister. Expected number of days in the studio: 4
JOHN DURBEYFIELD, 50s, BASS (range from E-flat below low C to D above middle C), Tess’s father with a penchant for a drink. A farmer. A West Country accent is required. Expected number of days in the studio: 2
JOAN DURBEYFIELD, late 40s to early 50s, SOPRANO (range from A below middle C to G-sharp above upper C), Tess’s superstitious mother. A West Country accent is required. Expected number of days in the studio: 2
For more details and submissions please e-mail the casting director, Anne Vosser, and write
"TESS - The Album" in the subject line.
FIRST SONG PERFORMANCE
BBC HOST SINGS ON ALBUM
LEADING LADY UNVEILED
BROADWAY STAR JOINS ALBUM
TESS SCOOPS WEST END STAR
LATEST STAR ANNOUNCED
WEST END STAR SIGNS UP
CASTING GROBY & TRINGHAM
CASTING THE DAIRYMAIDS
FIRST CASTING FOR ALBUM
TIM RICE BACKS TESS
TESS ALBUM ANNOUNCEMENT
IN CONVERSATION WITH CTP
TESS ON THE BBC