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Supernumerary Casting Call

Presented by Cincinnati Opera at Music Hall - May Festival Rehearsal Room, Cincinnati OH

Apr 06 2022
Supernumerary Casting Call

Photo: Trudie Lee of HarderLee Photography/Calgary Opera

Take the Music Hall stage this summer! Cincinnati Opera invites you to an open casting call for supernumerary roles for the 2022 Summer Festival. No singing or acting skills are necessary.

For anyone who’s dreamed of appearing on the Cincinnati Music Hall stage, Cincinnati Opera is ready to give you your moment in the spotlight. No singing or acting skills are required!

Cincinnati Opera will hold an open casting call for supernumerary roles for the company’s 2022 Summer Festival. An information and casting session is scheduled for Wednesday, April 6 from 5–8 p.m. in the May Festival Rehearsal Room at Music Hall. Participants should enter through Music Hall’s Stage Door, 1244 Central Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45202.

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. No experience is necessary and all super positions are filled on a voluntary basis. Individuals of all ages, races, ethnicities, genders, and abilities are welcome and encouraged to apply. Interested individuals will be required to wear masks and to provide proof of vaccination to participate in the casting call.

Cincinnati Opera seeks applicants for the following roles:

La Bohème
Commitment period: May 24–June 25, 2022
Performances: June 18, 23, and 25, 2022
10 supers needed

4 male-presenting waiters
1 male-presenting head chef (larger body preferred)
1 male-presenting public entertainer
4 male-presenting chefs/townspeople (can be female-presenting, but they will be dressed in men’s clothing)

The Pirates of Penzance
Commitment period: June 9–July 10, 2022
Performances July 7, 8, 10, 2022
1 super needed

1 older female-presenting Queen Victoria

Castor and Patience (world premiere)
Commitment period: June 21–July 30, 2022
Performances: July 21, 23, 24, 28, 30, 2022
2 supers needed

1 African American boy, ages 6-8
1 African American girl, ages 7-10

Commitment period: June 27–July 31, 2022
Performances July 22, 26, 29, 31, 2022
50 supers needed

35 male-presenting guards, townspeople, strong men, soldiers, officers
15 female-presenting attendants and townspeople

Cincinnati Opera’s productions of La BohèmeThe Pirates of Penzance, and Aida will be presented in Springer Auditorium at Music Hall, with a capacity of about 2,300 people per performance. Castor and Patience will be presented at Corbett Auditorium at the School for Creative and Performing Arts, with a capacity of approximately 700 people per performance. Supers are required to attend approximately 10-15 rehearsals. Daytime rehearsals may be scheduled.

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


Reservations are not required. Masks and proof of vaccination will be required for all participants. For information, contact


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1244 Central Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45202

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