Ever wanted to be a nun or an executioner?

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COC FILLING OVER 100 “Super” roles for spring productions

Toronto – On Saturday, February 16, 2013, the Canadian Opera Company will hold an open call to fill the 117 supernumerary roles needed for its three productions presented this spring: Lucia di Lammermoor, Salome and Dialogues des Carmélites.  Supernumeraries, a.k.a. supers, are the extras of the opera world and play a variety of non-singing roles.  They are vital to enhancing the operatic experience presented on stage.  The COC encourages adults between the ages of 18 and 65 to attend this open call, taking place from

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Opera Centre (227 Front St. E., Toronto), to see if they can make their stage dreams a reality by becoming supers.

No singing or acting experience is required to be a super, but those selected must have flexible schedules in order to meet the rehearsal and performance demands of the production they are asked to join.  In order to fill the super roles, the COC is looking for 72 men and 45 women between the ages of 18 and 65, and ranging in height from five-foot-three to six-feet tall. 

Gaetano Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor requires seven male supers.  Staged by renowned director David Alden, this bel canto masterpiece transports audiences to 19th-century Scotland where Lucia is treated as chattel in a brutal, power-driven society.  The supers help create crowd scenes as townspeople and serve as guests at Lucia’s arranged wedding, which leads to the opera’s devastating conclusion.  The production runs for nine performances at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts from April 17 – May 24, 2013.

Five male and four female supers contribute to celebrated director Atom Egoyan’s searing vision of Salome. As guards, attendants, bathers and the executioner, they help bring Richard Strauss’s provocative and sensual opera to life.  This operatic tale recounts how King Herod’s step-daughter, Salome, demanded the head of John the Baptist in exchange for performing the seductive Dance of the Seven Veils.  Running from April 21 – May 22, 2013, this production has eight performances at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.

Over 150 performers, including 41 female and 60 male supers, make up one of the largest casts in the COC’s history when internationally acclaimed Canadian Robert Carsen directs Francis Poulenc’s gut-wrenching Dialogues des Carmélites.  The 101 supers play a vital role in telling the story of an order of Carmelite nuns caught up in the terror of the French Revolution.  The production runs from May 8 – 25, 2013 for eight performances at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.

Members of Canadian Actor’s Equity, ACTRA or any other professional performing arts union are not eligible to be supers.

For more information on being a super in a COC production, visit coc.ca or e-mail supers@coc.ca.

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5 thoughts on “Ever wanted to be a nun or an executioner?

  1. OK, now I know I need more coffee.
    I thought the fourth paragraph said that Lucia di Lammermoor requires seven male strippers. That would be more likely in a McVicar production I guess…

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