Chorus & Supers
CALGARY OPERA CHORUS
Calgary Opera will not be holding general auditions for its 2017-18 Chorus. However, should you be interested in auditioning for the chorus please send me an email to Taras Kulish, Director of Artistic Operations: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
“The opera chorus is the best choral experience of your life! You get to 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 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 who are not members of Canadian Actors Equity Association.
TIME COMMITMENT FOR CHORUS & SUPERS
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
The performances: must be available to attend all performances
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.
For more information:
Taras Kulish, Director of Artistic Operations