AUDITION: Monday, September 24

 A New Production! Eugene Onegin is a story of squandered romance and tragic honor.  Known for its rich orchestration and beautiful melodies, “Onegin” is Tchaikovsky’s most beloved opera and the epitome of Russian Lyric Opera. See more information on the production, including a synopsis, here.

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!  Michigan Opera Theatre is looking for extras in our upcoming production of Eugene Onegin. 

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.


2 Male Supernumeraries Adult Servants. All ages, all sizes.

2 Female SupernumerariesAdult Servants. All ages, all sizes.


1 “Older Tatiana” Actor Previous acting/super experience necessary

1 “Older Eugene Onegin” ActorPrevious acting/super experience necessary


Actors should have a similar build/look to the artists playing Onegin (Iurii Samoilov) and Tatiana (Corinne Winters), so a connection to the character is clear.  This is a non-speaking role but actors must be sensitive to musical cues as they will be onstage alone at the top of each act.

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


Monday September 24 7:00p AUDITION
8:00-9:00pCharacter discussion with the director
Friday September 28 7:00-10:00p Female servants/Older Tatiana
Saturday September 29 2:00-5:00p Servants
Sunday September 30 2:00-5:00p Servants and Older Tatiana/Onegin
Monday October 1 7:00-10:00p Male Servants/Older Onegin
Wednesday October 3 7:00-10:00p Servants and Older Tatiana/Onegin
Sunday October 7 2:00-6:00p Piano rehearsal on stage
Monday October 8 7:00-11:00p Dress rehearsal on stage
Tuesday October 9 6:30-11:00p Orchestra Dress #1
Thursday October 11 10:00a-2:00p Orchestra Dress #2
SATURDAY October 13 7:30pm PERFORMANCE #1
WEDNESDAY October 17 7:30pm PERFORMANCE #2
SATURDAY October 19 7:30pm PERFORMANCE #3
SUNDAY October 20 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.


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