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You too can perform onstage with Seattle Opera – supernumerary auditions for “Fidelio” happen this Saturday

Post by Rosemary Ponnekanti / The News Tribune on Sep. 11, 2012 at 5:53 am |
September 10, 2012 11:55 am

Ever wanted to be in an opera, but don’t have the vocal chops? Here’s your chance. Seattle Opera is auditioning for supernumerary roles this weekend for its October production of Beethoven’s one and only opera, “Fidelio.”

What’s a supernumerary? Simply a non-speaking, non-singing actor in an opera – in other words, an extra. The job’s unpaid, and you do need to commit to all the rehearsals and performances. (Rehearsals are 7-10 p.m. Sept. 27, 29, Oct. 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11; performances are Oct. 13, 14 (matinee) 17, 20, 24, and 27.)

But you get to mill around onstage with the likes of Christiane Libor and Greer Grimsley as townsfolk celebrating the downfall of the opera’s tyrant and surrounded by the gorgeous choral sound that only Beethoven could create.

The tale of a devoted wife Leonore (Libor) who dresses as a man to free her husband, wrongly imprisoned for his political beliefs, was the only opera Beethoven wrote. But it’s full of wonderful music and triumph, and you can be part of the crowd without singing a note. You don’t need a costume (this production is set in the present day) and Seattle Opera is hoping for a diverse group of people of all ages and from all walks of life.

Photos and videos will be taken at the auditions. No experience, preparation or appointment is necessary.

Just show up at 11 a.m. Sept. 15 at the Opera’s rehearsal studio, 200 Terry Ave. N, Seattle (South Lake Union). 206-676-5812, seattleopera.org

 

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