Chorus & Supers
Here’s your opportunity to appear onstage!
CALGARY OPERA CHORUS
Calgary Opera is calling on adult singers, men and women, to audition for the opera chorus. The Chorus represent a cross-section of Calgary’s community including doctors, lawyers, accountants, home-makers, lifeguards and university students, and span a wide scope of age groups. What brings them all together is the thrill of singing, putting on a costume, and taking on an operatic character.
Presently under the musical leadership of one of the country’s most respected chorus directors, Sandra Atkinson, the chorus remains a fundamental component in Calgary Opera’s aim to engage its audience and enhance our community and spur civic pride through a variety of opera experiences.
“Come join us for the best choral experience of your life! Perform with some of the world’s finest opera singers and work with renowned Stage Directors, Conductors and our own Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra at the beautiful Jubilee Auditorium.” says Sandy.
Soloists are brought in only occasionally to sing certain roles, however, the chorus has the critical responsibility of providing the continuity and ensemble that all successful productions need. “The heart and soul of Calgary Opera is its chorus” says W.R. (Bob) McPhee C.M., Calgary Opera General Director and CEO.
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE AUDITION
- Be able to sing, learn music and have a passion for being on stage
- Sing at a live audition where a pianist will be provided (auditions last no more than 10 minutes)
- Bring the notes to your song so your pianist can accompany you
- Sing one aria or song in any language
SUPERNUMERARIES (or “supers”)
A “Super” is the equivalent of an “Extra” in the movie world. It is an acting role without any dialogue or singing involved. If you are a budding actor wanting more stage experience this is the perfect opportunity for you. Or even if you are simply looking to spend time on stage surrounded by wonderful singers and music, please contact Taras Kulish (contact information below). We are always looking for interested and able bodied men, women and children to be Supers.
CHORUS AUDITIONS FOR THE 2016-2017 SEASON WILL TAKE PLACE ON
MAY 16, 17 & 18, 2016 FROM 6PM TO 9:30PM
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SCHEDULE AN AUDITION PLEASE CONTACT:
Taras Kulish, Director of Artistic Operations
Time Commitment for Chorus Members
Chorus members are required to attend music rehearsals for 4 or 5 weeks, depending on the opera. These rehearsals take place on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7pm to 10pm. Additionally, they are required to attend staging rehearsals during the 3 weeks leading up to mainstage productions.
The time commitment for Supers varies with each production. In general, Supers must be available:
- 5 weeks before opening night: 2 to 3 evenings per week for staging rehearsals
- Tech week (the week before the production opens): every evening at the Jubilee Auditorium
- The performances: must be available to attend all performances
Chorus members & Supers are paid a small honorarium and are offered some complimentary tickets to either the dress rehearsal or the Wednesday performance of the production they are in.