Chorus & Supers
Calgary Opera Chorus
2019-2020 Chorus Auditions
Auditions will take place on May 8th and 9th from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm at the Mamdani Opera Centre. Please provide a headshot and bio by May 1st at the latest to Nicola Dawes at email@example.com.
Presently under the musical leadership of one of the country’s most respected chorus directors, Sandra Atkinson, the Calgary Opera Chorus remains a fundamental component in Calgary Opera’s aim 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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, 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 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 contact:
Nicola Dawes, Executive Assistant & Artist Relations