Chorus & Supers
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.
“Being a part of the Calgary Opera Chorus is 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.
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 ARE NOW CLOSED
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN BEING CONSIDERED FOR THE CHORUS IN THE FUTURE PLEASE SEND AN EMAIL TO TARAS KULISH WITH A COPY OF YOUR MUSICAL RESUME:
Taras Kulish, Director of Artistic Operations
Time Commitment for Chorus Members
Being a member of the chorus is a big time commitment. You are required to attend music rehearsals for 4 or 5 weeks, depending on the opera. These rehearsals take place, for the most part, 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.
Photo 1 - The Cast of Lakmé, Photo 2 - The Cast of Carmen. Photos by Trudie Lee.