Chorus & Supers
CALGARY OPERA CHORUS
Founded in 1972, the Calgary Chorus’ membership includes the finest amateur and semi-professional singers available. Participants represent a cross-section of our community including doctors, lawyers, accountants, home-makers, lifeguards and university students, and span a wide scope of age groups. Several choristers have left the chorus to pursue professional singing careers.
Now in its 42nd season, the Calgary Opera Chorus boasts a vast repertoire and has performed with numerous world-class singers, conductors and directors. Presently under the musical leadership of one of the country’s most respected chorus directors, Ms. Sandra Atkinson, the chorus remains a fundamental component in Calgary Opera’s aim to engage its audience and enhance our community through the magic of opera.
Would you like to be part of the Calgary Opera Chorus?
Auditions for the 2013-2014 season will take place on June 3 and 4. Please contact:
Averil Cook for an appointment
Time Commitment for Chorus Members
Chorus members are required to attend music rehearsals for four to six 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 three weeks leading up to mainstage productions.
Chorus members are paid a small honorarium, calculated according to the amount of rehearsal time required.
CALL FOR SUPERNUMERARIES
Calgary Opera is currently seeking supernumeraries for productions in its 2013-2014 season.
Supernumeraries (or “Supers”) are non-singing roles that are an important part of each production. They take roles such as servants, soldiers, peasants, priests and aristocrats, and have an opportunity to work with a large group of talented artists and technicians, including principal singers, the Calgary Opera Chorus, stage managers, orchestra, conductors, and stage directors.
Supernumeraries who are chosen to be in the cast for a show are usually asked to come to rehearsals for the three or four weeks before the first performance takes place. Most of the rehearsals will be in the evenings, or on weekend afternoons/evenings.
Calgary Opera offers a small honourarium to all supernumeraries.
If you would like to become a “Super” for our 2013-2014 season please contact:
Averil Cook, Executive Assistant