Dallas Opera Open Casting Call

I’m posting the following press release after the jump to help spread the word for the Dallas Opera, but mostly because it contains the word “supernumeraries.” That right there is a swell word. Note: I’m assuming the opera is looking for someone to portray a eunuch, not an actual eunuch. Though actual eunuchs have an obvious advantage. In this circumstance, at least.

THE DALLAS OPERA — MEDIA ALERT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Thursday, February 5, 2009

THE DALLAS OPERA WANTS YOU!
Open Casting Call

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Supernumeraries Needed! Auditions on Tuesday, Feb. 10th

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DALLAS, FEBRUARY 5, 2009 – The Dallas Opera is looking for a few good…eunuchs (no experience necessary-acting, or otherwise!).

The company is pleased to announce an Open Casting Call for the final performances of the 2008-2009 Season, to be held Tuesday, February 10th (Contact Emily Gast at The Dallas Opera for times and location, [email protected] or 214.443.1037).

For The Dallas Opera’s upcoming presentation of Rossini’s zany culture-clash comedy, THE ITALIAN GIRL IN ALGIERS, we are currently seeking the following:

· “Vlad the Impaler,” Chief servant, male, large, capable of an ominous appearance. Some musical ability and enough acting chops to portray a mean, low-down snarling S.O.B.

· Two Guards, also male, tall, intimidating. Girth is no object.

· Two Eunuchs, male (how did you guess?), one tall, one short, absolutely no experience necessary.

If you would fit in an “Indiana Jones” movie-you might be the one we’re looking for!

Auditions are by appointment only.

Evening and weekend rehearsals begin on Wednesday, February 11th with four performances (three nights, one Sunday matinee) in the first half of March.

Monetary compensation will ensure that you’re not driving on fumes. The theatrical experience itself is priceless!

Work with professional artists, singers, musicians and directors. Enliven your résumé! Impress your co-workers! Support the performing arts!

For additional details or to schedule your audition, please contact Dallas Opera Production Assistant/Super Coordinator Emily Gast at [email protected] or call 214.443.1037 for an appointment.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT “FEBRUARY AT THE DALLAS OPERA”

IS CONVENIENTLY AVAILABLE ONLINE

VISIT WWW.DALLASOPERA.ORG AND CHECK THE CALENDAR LISTINGS
Ticket Information for the 2008-2009 Dallas Opera Season

Single tickets $15 to $199, if purchased in advance. Group ticket sales at a substantial discount. For more information, contact The Dallas Opera Ticket Services Office at 214.443.1000 or visit TDO’s web site at dallasopera.org.

THE DALLAS OPERA 2008-2009 SEASON INFORMATION

The Dallas Opera celebrates its Fifty-Second International Season with 20 performances of five productions in the Music Hall at Fair Park. Evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m. and matinees begin at 2 p.m. English translations are projected above the stage at every performance and assistance is available for the hearing impaired.

LA BOHÈME by Giacomo Puccini

February 13, 15(m), 18 & 21, 2009

Our most popular opera in one of our most popular productions!

An opera in four acts first performed in Turin’s Teatro Regio, February 1, 1896.

Time: 19th century

Place: Paris, France

Conductor: Pietro Rizzo**

Stage Director: Mark Streshinsky

Scenic Design: Jean Pierre Ponnelle

Costume Design: Peter J. Hall

Lighting Designer: Thomas Hase*

Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman

Chorus Master: Alexander Rom

Starring: Maria Kanyova (Mimì), James Valenti* (Rodolfo), Valentina Farcas* (Musetta), Dwayne Croft (Marcello), Robert Gleadow* (Colline) and Weston Hurt* (Schaunard).

THE ITALIAN GIRL IN ALGIERS by Gioachino Rossini

March 6, 8(m), 11 & 14, 2009

The Grand Finale! Production from Santa Fe Opera.

A comic opera in two acts first performed in Venice’s Teatro San Benedetto, May 22, 1813.

Text substantially derived from Angelo Anelli’s libretto for Luigi Mosca’s 1808 L’italiana in Algeri.

Time: Fantasy

Place: Algiers

Conductor: Graeme Jenkins

Stage Director: Chris Alexander

Scenic Design: Robert Innes Hopkins*

Costume Design: David C. Woolard*

Lighting Design: Duane Schuler

Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman

Chorus Master: Alexander Rom

Starring: Manuela Custer* (Isabella), William Burden* (Lindoro), Paolo Pecchioli* (Mustafa) and Patrick Carfizzi* (Taddeo).

* Dallas Opera Debut

** American Debut

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The Dallas Opera is supported, in part, by funds from: City of Dallas, Office of Cultural Affairs; TACA; the Texas Commission on the Arts and The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The Dallas Opera would like to thank its 2008-2009 production underwriters, including: Marten S. Klop and Dr. and Mrs. Tom G. Mayer. American Airlines is the official airline of The Dallas Opera. Pianos provided by Steinway Hall, Dallas/Ft. Worth/Plano. Advertising support from The Dallas Morning News. Special thanks to the Elsa von Seggern Foundation.

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