AUDITIONS: San Francisco Opera seeks physically fit male supernumeraries for Wagner’s Die Walküre and Götterdämmerung

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By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

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).

The call is scheduled for Wednesday, April 27th at 7:00 pm at Zellerbach “A” Rehearsal Hall located at the corner of Hayes and Franklin Streets in San Francisco. Join SF Opera for this once in a lifetime opportunity to perform in two of Wagner’s greatest operas — Die Walküre and Götterdämmerung — and to work with legendary theater and opera director Francesca Zambello.

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DIE WALKÜRE 

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 onstage at the historic War Memorial Opera House.

Requirements:
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 29th and May 15th and possibly more during the dress rehearsal week of May 30th through June 12th.
Götterdämmerung performances:  June 5th, 19th, 26th and July 3rd
Die Walküre performances:  June 15th, 22nd, 29th

One of the greatest works ever conceived for the operatic stage, Richard Wagner’s The Ring of the Nibelung is presented in three complete cycles: June 14th–19th, June 21st–26th, and June 28th–July 3rd. In addition to stand-alone performances of Siegfried (May 29th) and Götterdämmerung (June 5th).  The four operas — Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, Siegfried and Götterdämmerung — in this new production by SF Opera artistic adviser and internationally celebrated director Francesca Zambello are presented for the first time as a complete cycle.

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FRANCESCA ZAMBELLO and DONALD RUNNICLES

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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Götterdämmerung

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Seán Martinfield
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Seán Martinfield, who also serves as Fine Arts Critic, is a native San Franciscan. He is a Theatre Arts Graduate from San Francisco State University, a professional singer, and well-known private vocal coach to Bay Area actors and singers of all ages and persuasions. His clients have appeared in Broadway National Tours including Wicked, Aïda, Miss Saigon, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, in theatres and cabarets throughout the Bay Area, and are regularly featured in major City events including Diva Fest, Gay Pride, and Halloween In The Castro. As an Internet consultant in vocal development and audition preparation he has published thousands of responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing techniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. Mr. Martinfield’s Broadway clients have all profited from his vocal methodology, “The Belter’s Method”. If you want answers about your vocal technique, post him a question on AllExperts.com. If you would like to build up your vocal performance chops and participate in the Bay Area’s rich theatrical scene, e-mail him at: sean.martinfield@comcast.net.

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