Being an extra with Michigan Opera Theatre provides the perfect “backstage” opportunity.  See how it all happens without any of the pressure the stars have!  Michigan Opera Theatre is looking for extras in our upcoming production of Rigoletto!

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, extras 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 and would like to attend the audition on Monday, September 25th at 7:00pm, please register using the form on this page.

Known for pushing the envelope, Rigoletto keeps audiences on the edge of their seats with a thrilling score and a heartbreaking tale of love, lies and sacrifice. Giuseppe Verdi’s classic is updated in this production by Jonathan Miller. Set in 1950s Little Italy, New York, Rigoletto tells the story of a mafia boss whose womanizing ways lead to vengeance and tragedy when he seduces the daughter of his bartender, Rigoletto. Considered one of Verdi’s operatic masterpieces, Rigoletto is not to be missed.


4 Men

Men will featured throughout the show.

10 Women 

Women for the opening scene of the show as patrons in a 1950’s Little Italy, NY bar.

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


Monday September 25 7:00p AUDITION 
Wednesday September 27 7:30-10:00p Staging
Sunday October 1 2:00-5:00p Staging
Monday October 2 7:00-9:30p Staging
Wednesday October 4 7:00-10:00p Staging
Saturday October 7 2:30-5:30p Staging – final room run through


Monday October 9 7:00-10:00p Piano Tech
Tuesday October 10 7:00-11:00p Piano Dress
Wednesday October 11 6:30-11:00p Orchestra Dress #1
Friday October 13 10:00a-2:00p Orchestra Dress #2


SATURDAY October 14 7:30pm PERFORMANCE #1
WEDNESDAY October 18 7:30pm PERFORMANCE #2
SATURDAY October 21 7:30pm PERFORMANCE #3
SUNDAY October 22 2:30pm PERFORMANCE #4

Be advised that you must to be available for ALL technical rehearsals and performances. Staging rehearsals may adjust as needed.

If you are available during the rehearsal/performance period and would like to attend the audition on September 25 at 7:00p, please use the form on this page to register.

2017-18 Auditions





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