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Supernumeraries for La Bohème

The deadline for this opportunity has passed.

La Bohème
Composed by Giacomo Puccini

Onstage: November 9 – 15, 2019
Conductor: Jonathan Brandani
Director: Brenna Corner

Calgary Opera is looking for a number of Supers or Supernumeraries, for the upcoming production of La Bohème. The opera world’s equivalent to the movie extra, supernumeraries are non-singing and non-speaking acting roles in an opera production.


Irresistible in its witty, passionate blend of joy and sorrow, La Bohème follows the lives of a group of young artists as they eke out an existence on the bohemian fringes of Paris.

Director Brenna Corner brings her innovative and whimsical touch to this much-loved classic, set against a sweeping, stylized backdrop of the irresistibly romantic 19th-century city of lights.

With Puccini’s wonderful music and a love story that has resonated through the ages, La Bohème remains one of the best-loved operas of all time.

Casting requirements:

  • (1) Stilt Walker
  • (1) Juggler
  • (1) Mime
  • (1) Head Waiter
  • (2) Waiter/Colour Guards
  • (2) Waiter/Drummers


  • A current headshot and acting CV with your contact information.
  • Your availability during the rehearsal and performance schedule.

Rehearsal Schedule:

  • Any rehearsal conflicts must be noted at the time of submission.
  • Preliminary schedule – subject to change.
  • Staging rehearsals at the Mamdani Opera Centre:
    • Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 7:00pm – 10:00pm
    • Thursday, October 17, 2019, 7:00 – 10:00pm
    • Saturday, October 19, 2019, 10:00am – 1:00pm TBC (may not need supers), 2:00 – 5:00pm
    • Sunday, October 20, 2019, 2:00 – 5:00pm & 7:00 – 10:00pm
    • Saturday, October 26, 2019, 10:00am – 1:00pm & 2:00 – 5:00pm
    • Wednesday, October 30, 2019, 7:00 – 10:00pm
    • Thursday, October 31, 2019, 7:00 – 10:00pm
  • On stage at Jubilee Auditorium:
    • Saturday, November 2, 2019, 2:00 – 5:00pm & 7:00 – 10:00pm
    • Monday, November 4, 2019, 7:00  – 10:00pm
    • Thursday, November 5, 2019, 7:00 – 10:00pm
    • Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 7:00 – 10:00pm Piano dress*
    • Thursday, November 7, 2019, 7:00 – 10:00pm Orchestra Dress*
  • Performances all at 7:30pm, November 9, 13, 15, 2019*
    *Note: The call to the theatre will be earlier to get into costumes, hair and makeup.

Supers are paid an honorarium and are offered complimentary tickets to either the dress rehearsal or the Wednesday performance of the given production.

For consideration please contact Nicola Dawes, at, and state La Bohème Supers in the subject line.

Calgary Opera is committed to inclusive casting. Artists who are members of under-represented communities are greatly encouraged to audition.