Open Casting Call for Supernumerary Roles for Cincinnati Opera’s 2019 Summer Season

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CINCINNATI—Cincinnati Opera will hold an open casting call for supernumerary roles in the company’s 2019 Summer Festival. An information and casting session is scheduled for Tuesday, April 2 at 5:30 p.m. in the Presidents’ Garret on the 4th floor of the Corbett Opera Center in Music Hall, 1243 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202.

Cincinnati Opera seeks applicants for the following roles:

The Marriage of Figaro
Commitment period: May 21–June 15
Performances: June 13 & 15
4 supers needed

  • 4 liveried servants: Playing an integral role throughout the opera, these supers will lift and move items, with a bit of acting. They will move furniture and walls for set changes. All four should present as male.

Romeo and Juliet
Commitment period: June 5–June 29
Performances: June 27 & 29
4 supers needed

  • 1 older monk
  • 1 Lady Capulet
  • 1 Lady Montague
  • 1 Lord Montague/older monk 

Ariadne auf Naxos
Commitment period: June 11–July 14
Performances: July 6, 11, 13 & 14
8 supers needed

  • 4 men to act as household staff
  • 2 men to portray party hosts
  • 2 women to portray party hostesses

Porgy and Bess
Commitment period: June 21–July 28
Performances: July 20, 25, 27 & 28
11 supers needed

  • 4 African American adults to play residents of Catfish Row (dance experience preferred)
  • 6 African American children ages 5-14 (3 boys & 3 girls), residents of Catfish Row
  • 1 Caucasian man to play a police officer

Supernumerary or “super” roles are non-singing, non-speaking roles, much like extras in film and television. Supers will share the stage with internationally renowned artists and work with celebrated directors and conductors. The Marriage of FigaroRomeo and Juliet, and Porgy and Bess will be presented in Springer Auditorium at Music Hall, with a capacity of about 2,300 people per performance. Ariadne auf Naxos will be presented in the Corbett Theater at The School for Creative and Performing Arts, with a 750-seat capacity. Supers are required to attend approximately 10-15 rehearsals. Daytime rehearsals may be scheduled. No experience is necessary and all super positions are filled on a voluntary basis.

Attending the casting call does not obligate a person to participate. Interested individuals can attend the casting call simply to learn more about supernumerary opportunities. For more information, please or email 

2019 Supernumerary Open Casting Call and Information Session
When: Tuesday, April 2 at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Presidents’ Garret, Corbett Opera Center, Music Hall, 1243 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202 

Founded in 1920, Cincinnati Opera presents a thrilling season of opera every June and July in multiple venues, including the recently renovated historic Music Hall. The company’s repertoire includes beloved classics and contemporary works brought to life by some of the world’s most dynamic performers and creative teams. 

Cincinnati Opera’s 2019 Summer Festival runs June 13 through July 28, featuring Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s

The Marriage of Figaro, Charles Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet, Richard Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos, the world premiere of Blind Injustice by Scott Davenport Richards and David Cote, and The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess. Cincinnati Opera’s 2019 Season Presenting Sponsor is Huntington Bank. The 2019 season is also made possible with support from ArtsWave, Ohio Arts Council, Macy’s, The Louise Dieterle Nippert Musical Arts Fund, and many generous individuals, corporations, and foundations. 

Cincinnati Opera’s mission is to enrich and connect our community through diverse opera experiences.



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