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Sarasota Opera Announces Two "Super" Casting Calls

December 18, 2015

Sam Lowry
Director of Audience Development
(941) 328-1322

Sarasota, FL – Sarasota Opera has announced dates for two “Super” casting calls for the upcoming 2016 Winter Festival Season. The first date is Tuesday, December 29th, from 5:00 – 5:30pm and the second date is Saturday, January 2nd, from 1:00pm – 1:30pm. Both casting calls will be at the Sarasota Opera House.

Sarasota Opera is seeking a limited number of enthusiastic outgoing people, both men and women, to serve as supernumeraries, or “supers”, the non-singing extras in opera productions, for its 2016 Winter Festival Season productions of Verdi’s Aida and The Battle of Legnano , and Beethoven’s Fidelio . Supers will assume a variety of roles assigned by the stage director Stephanie Sundine. Age range for these characters is from young adult to 65. 

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To be considered for a super role, you must meet the following criteria:

• Must be taller than 5’ 6”
• Be physically fit. Women must have a svelte build.
• Be able to perform onstage without glasses
• Be able to walk on slopes and stairs
• Be able to wear elaborate and sometimes very heavy costumes
• Be able to see in both dim and bright light
• Men must be willing to shave
• Must be able to appear onstage without glasses.
• Must be able to go up and down stairs carrying a prop.

Rehearsals will be in the evenings in January and February of 2016 and will NOT be every night. Performances will occur between January 30th through March 19th. A performance calendar for each specific opera will be made available at the interview.

This is a volunteer position.

If you are interested in participating in being a part of this exciting season, please contact Director of Artistic Administration Greg Trupiano at to schedule an interview with stage director Stephanie Sundine.

This is the first time Sarasota Opera will present Verdi’s Aida and will be the biggest production in the company’s 57 year history. The 2016 Winter Opera Festival will mark the conclusion of Sarasota Opera’s 28 year Verdi Cycle making it the only company in the world to have performed all of the music of Giuseppe Verdi.

Sarasota Opera, fondly known as "Verdi's American Home", enters its 57th consecutive season of bringing world class opera to the southwest gulf coast.  Consistently garnering international attention as one of the few places to experience rarely performed operatic works, Sarasota Opera continues to distinguish itself as one of the premiere opera companies in the United States by finding innovation through tradition. The 2016 festival season will include Verdi’s Aida, Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, Beethoven’s only opera Fidelio, and Verdi’s The Battle of Legnano completing Sarasota Opera's Verdi Cycle, the company's commitment to performing all the works of Verdi by 2016.

Sarasota Opera makes its home in the historic Sarasota Opera House which has been referred to as “one of America’s finest venues for opera” by the prestigious Musical America.  Originally built in 1926 as the A.B. Edwards Theater, the building was purchased by the opera company in 1979 and officially raised its curtain as the Sarasota Opera House in 1984.  From 2007-2008, the building underwent a $20-million top-to-bottom renovation and restoration.  The intimate scale of the theater (with 1,119 seats) and its excellent acoustics make it the perfect place to experience the magic of opera.

Sarasota Opera is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Programs are supported in part by an award the Tourist Development Tax through the Board of County Commissioners, the Tourist Development Council and the Sarasota County Arts Council. Additional funding is provided by the City of Sarasota and the County of Sarasota.

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