AUDITION: Monday, October 22

“Figaro, Figaro!” This Rossini classic features one of the most well-known pieces of music in history. This prequel to The Marriage of Figaro tells the story of how Count Almaviva wins the hand of his beloved Rosina with the help of his clever barber, Figaro. Full of laughter and beautiful music, see why The Barber of Seville has delighted audiences for more than two centuries. Find out more about the production here.

Being an extra with Michigan Opera Theatre provides the perfect “backstage” opportunity. See how it all happens without

Being an extra with Michigan Opera Theatre provides the perfect “backstage” opportunity.  See how it all happens without any of the pressure of the stars!

Typical supernumerary work

Supernumeraries are usually amateur character artists who train under professional direction to create a believable scene. They almost become part of the scene and give a sense of credibility to scenes where crowds, court assistants, lackeys, peasants or a variety of period characters are needed.

At the audition the director will explain the super roles as they apply to the opera and choose those potential supers they feel would fit the role (and the costume) the best. Auditions are VERY informal and only require your attendance.

In addition to an unforgettable experience as an extra you will receive free parking, 2 complimentary tickets to a performance, 2 passes for guests to attend the final dress rehearsal, and a small stipend.

If you are available during the rehearsal/performance period listed below and would like to attend the audition on Monday, September 24that 7:00pm, please register via the form on this page.

NEEDED 4 men/4 women                                                                                                                             

Ambrogio:  servant to Bartolo. Must be elderly – late 60s or 70s. Character actor with good timing. Ideally would be available for some daytime rehearsals.


Man with shaving cream (Act I)/Notary (Act II):character type – late 40s or 50s. Ideally balding, rotund. Has two separate costumes.


Young male lover:mid 20s, handsome, moves well.


Nephew: mid 20s. Helps care for his elderly aunt.


Elderly, frail woman: late 60s or 70s. Uses cane. Supported by her nephew.


Young Female Lover: mid 20s, attractive, moves well.


Floozie # 1: mid 20s dancer type, attractive. Must move well and be loose and uninhibited on stage. Tries to seduce Almaviva.


Floozie # 2: mid 20s dancer type, attractive. Must move well and be loose and uninhibited on stage. Tries to seduce Almaviva.


SCHEDULE – Schedule is tentative and may be adjusted as necessary.


STAGING REHEARSALS:                                                                                                                               

Monday October 22 7:00p AUDITION
Staging Rehearsals Limited evenings & weekends between October 23-November 2


DRESS/TECHNICAL REHEARSALS:                                                                                                              

Sunday November 4 2:00-6:00p Piano rehearsal on stage
Monday November 5 7:00-11:00p Dress rehearsal on stage
Tuesday November 6 6:30-11:00p Orchestra Dress #1
Thursday November 8 10:00a-2:00p Orchestra Dress #2



SATURDAY November 10 7:30pm PERFORMANCE #1
WEDNESDAY November 14 7:30pm PERFORMANCE #2
SATURDAY November 16 7:30pm PERFORMANCE #3
SUNDAY November 18 2:30pm PERFORMANCE #4
Be advised that you must to be available for ALL technical rehearsals and performances.
If you are available during the rehearsal/performance period and would like to attend the audition on March 19th at 7:00p, please register using the form on this page.


Register to audition for The Barber of Seville
October 22

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