AUDITIONS: Wanted – Beefcake For San Francisco Opera

Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

Great at push-ups and pull-ups? Do you put your friends to shame at the gym? Then come show the Classical World what you’ve got! San Francisco Opera announces a public casting call seeking athletic men with specific skills to appear in an upcoming Company production in Fall 2011. You don’t need to be a Navy Seal, but they’re looking for something close. This opportunity is the chance of a lifetime for ten talented men who will have the chance to show off their physical prowess to a crowd of thousands and to work alongside some of the most prominent names in opera and theater.


Desired skills include push-ups, pull-ups, body strength, endurance, hand-over-hand, staged combat and full body control. Ten men will be offered an eight-week American Guild of Musical Artists (A.G.M.A.) union contract from August 8th through September 30th, 2011. The audition will take place on Saturday, December 4th, 2:00 pm—4:00 pm, at Zellerbach Rehearsal Hall, Room B (Franklin Street at Hayes, San Francisco).

● Males with demonstrated skill in some or all of the following: push-ups, pull-ups, body strength, endurance, hand-over-hand, staged combat and full body control
● Must be 18 years of age or older
● Approximate height between 5 feet 11 inches and 6 feet 2 inches tall, preferred but not required
● Must have flexible schedule: the intense rehearsal period from August 8th–September 4th will include 30-hour weeks of work, culminating in the final rehearsal week and 6 performances through September 30th.
● Not required to be a union member to audition, but will be required to become a member of A.G.M.A. to begin work under this contract


To schedule an audition, members of the public should email Tim Meyer, Dance Manager at  Be prepared to bring a current resume and photograph to the auditions. Further contract details will be posted at the auditions.  Any resident alien applicant should be prepared to show their current permit to work, issued by the United States I.N.S. San Francisco Opera is an equal opportunity employer.

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THE ANVIL CHORUS – from Il Trovatore.
Photo, Ken Howard
CHORUS: Chi del gitano i giorni abbella?
(“Who cheers the gypsy’s days and raises up his spirits?”)


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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”, which is being prepared for publication. If you want answers about your vocal technique, post him a question on 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:


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