Chorus & Supers
Calgary Opera Chorus
Auditions for our 2019-20 season are now complete.
If you are interested in receiving information about auditions for our 2020-21 season or supernumerary opportunities, please contact Nicola Dawes at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
ABOUT OUR CHORUS
Under the musical leadership of one of the country’s most respected chorus directors, Sandra Atkinson, the Calgary Opera Chorus is a fundamental component of Calgary Opera’s goal to enhance our community and spur civic pride through a variety of opera experiences.
Many long-time chorus members return every year, not only because of their love of performing, but also because of how much they enjoy working with Sandy. Other benefits include receiving a small stipend and complimentary tickets to Calgary Opera’s mainstage productions.
For more information about the Chorus, please contact Nicola Dawes at email@example.com.
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 Nicola Dawes (contact information below). We are always looking for interested men, women and children to be Supers who are not members of Canadian Actors Equity Association.
We are currently looking for several supernumeraries for the upcoming productions of La Bohème and Norma.
Supernumerary Casting Call for La Bohème
Onstage: November 9 – 15, 2019
Director: Brenna Corner
(1) Stilt Walker
(1) Head Waiter
(2) Waiter/Colour Guards
Supernumerary Casting Call for Norma
Onstage: February 1-7, 2020
Director Nicolas Muni
(1) Roman Captain
(8) Roman Soldiers/Druids
(4) Priestesses of the temple - must have good movement capabilities
(2) Children - Should appear to be twin boys of about 4-5 years of age. Girls dressed as boys are fine.
Chorus members are required to attend music rehearsals for 4 or 5 weeks, depending on the opera. These rehearsals take place on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 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
The performances: must be available to attend all performance.
Chorus members & Supers are paid an honorarium and are offered complimentary tickets to either the dress rehearsal or the Wednesday performance of the given production.