Release date: 4/19/2011

San Francisco Opera Holds Public Casting Call for Ring Cycle Supernumeraries April 27

Physically Fit Men Needed for Company's Summer 2011 Presentation of Wagner's Epic Cycle

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San Francisco, April 19, 2011—San Francisco Opera announces a public casting call seeking ten physically fit men to appear in the Company’s highly anticipated Summer 2011 presentation of Richard Wagner’s epic Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung) on Wednesday, April 27 at 7 p.m. Join San Francisco Opera for this once in a lifetime opportunity to perform in two Ring cycle operas—Die Walküre and Götterdämmerung—and to work with legendary theater and opera director Francesca Zambello.
Supernumeraries, also known as supers, act as extras (in costume with full make-up) on the stage in non-speaking, non-singing roles.  Supers have the unparalleled opportunity to work alongside some of the most talented and acclaimed artists in the world, and to contribute in bringing San Francisco Opera’s dazzling, large-scale productions to life on the stage of the historic War Memorial Opera House.
Male Supernumeraries / Die Walküre & Götterdämmerung – Public Casting Call April 27, 7 p.m.
Physically fit men are needed as supernumeraries in Die Walküre and Götterdämmerung. This is a non-speaking, non-singing, non-paid volunteer role.  For these shows, supernumeraries receive a small honorarium for each rehearsal or performance.
  • Male adult
  • Physically fit
  • Flexible schedule
  • Acting/performing arts experience preferred but not required
Time Commitment:
  • If selected, you will be required to attend appromimately 4 rehearsals per week between April 29 and May 15 and possibly more during the dress rehearsal week of May 30 through June 12.
  • Götterdämmerung performances: June 5, 19, 26 & July 3, 2011
  • Die Walküre performances: June 15, 22, 29, 2011
April 27 Public Casting Call
A public casting call will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at Zellerbach A Rehearsal Hall (located at the corner of Hayes and Franklin Streets in San Francisco). To reserve a place in the casting call, members of the public interested in auditioning should call (415) 565-6481, or send an email to Calls/emails will not be returned unless there is a change to the audition schedule. Super roles are limited and are cast at the discretion of the stage director.
About San Francisco Opera’s Der Ring des Nibelungen
One of the greatest works ever conceived for the operatic stage, Richard Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung) is presented in three complete cycles this summer (June 14–19, June 21–26, and June 28–July 3) in addition to stand-alone performances of Siegfried (May 29) and Götterdämmerung (June 5).  The four operas in this new production by San Francisco Opera artistic adviser and internationally celebrated director Francesca Zambello—Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, Siegfried and Götterdämmerung—are presented for the first time as a complete cycle.
Maestro Donald Runnicles, one of the world’s most acclaimed Wagner conductors and former San Francisco Opera music director, will lead the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus in these performances that feature an internationally renowned cast featuring some of the greatest Wagnerian singers of our time.  Zambello and set designer Michael Yeargan use imagery from various eras of American history to illuminate Wagner’s legend in which human virtue and nature’s sanctuary fall prey to greed and lust. San Francisco Opera has long been regarded as one of the world’s leading companies to present the entire Ring cycle, with past acclaimed presentations at the War Memorial Opera House in 1935, 1936 (omitting Siegfried), 1972, 1985, 1990 and 1999.
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