Chorus, Supers & Volunteers
This is Opera Philadelphia's employment and volunteer opportunities source. Open positions will be listed below. Opera Philadelphia is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Supernumeraries for Sky on Swings
Perform onstage at the Perelman Theater in the world premiere of Sky on Swings!
Casting people of all ethnicities and gender expressions between the ages of 60 – 80 (approximately). Must be able to stand for up to 90 minutes at a time (assistance of canes / walkers is ok) and walk on uneven surfaces in low-light conditions.
Also casting young supers, over 18 years old, who look high-school-aged. No prior performance experience required. Good with people, particularly the elderly, and attentive helpers.
Rehearsals begin August 27 with performances from September 20 through 29, 2018.
Festival Production Coordinator
People Movers for Glass Handel
Unique performance opportunity for Festival O18's Glass Handel.
In this piece, the audience is seated, but throughout the production, their seats are physically moved (with the audience still seated!) from station to station within the room by 24 "people movers." This action is done with a sort of chair dolly that allows all 4 wheels to remain on the floor. We are looking for 24 people who are strong, have strong backs, are able to remember choreography/direction and who are over 5’8” tall. Throughout all the action the people movers are moving the audience in a piece of choreography that requires good memory, upper body strength, and coordination.
We are looking for people to take part in rehearsals on September 17th, 18th and 19th – evening only. Dress rehearsal on September 22nd and the performances are on September 22nd, 23rd and 30th.
There will be an audition/casting on August 21.
Opera Philadelphia grants auditions for principal roles to professional opera singers on an invitation-only basis.
Inquiries can be made to:
Become a Supernumerary
Have you ever dreamed of being part of an opera production onstage at the Academy of Music? Apply to become a “super” – a non-singing extra – and your dream just might come true!
A super will never sing an aria or having a starring role, but supers are important members of the cast no matter how small their roles may seem. Supers often appear as townspeople, servants, soldiers, and many other characters. They may even have multiple roles to play in one opera. Whatever the part, supers help to flesh out scenes and add detail and authenticity to a production. Our super needs vary from show to show, but at different times we need men, women, boys, and girls, of all ages, shapes, and sizes.
To be added to our database of supernumerary candidates, please email:
Opera Philadelphia seeks classically trained singers and instrumentalists to teach in-class curriculum through its education program Sounds of Learning™. These 45 minute classes, created by Opera Philadelphia, foster creative writing and critical thinking, emphasize the anatomy and physiology connected to classical singing technique, introduce elements of opera and classical music, and more. The ideal candidate should have experience in a classroom setting and be adaptable to students’ needs while exhibiting good classroom management skills. Teaching artists should have both teaching and performing experience, preferably in classical voice. View the full position description.
Application deadline is May 16, 2016.
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, performance sample and at least two professional references as a teacher or teaching artist to:
Vice President of Community Programs