The Royal Opera House Muscat Holds Auditions for Extras
The prestigious Royal Opera House Muscat is offering local residents an exciting opportunity to participate on stage as “extras”, or amateurs in non-singing roles, for its magnificent production of Turandot, the opera selected for the inauguration of the Royal Opera House in Protected content . Set in ancient dynastic China, Turandot, Giacomo Puccini’s final masterwork, relates the mythical story of an imperial princess whose cold, vengeful heart is eventually won by a prince with a love so great that he would willingly sacrifice his life for her. ROHM’s very special production was staged by Franco Zeffirelli, a famous Italian set & costume designer, filmmaker and director. Zeffirelli is one of the world’s most important opera interpreters, renowned for gorgeous productions with authentic detailing.
With all the magnificent original sets and costumes, Turandot will again performed by the incomparable Arena di Verona, its Orchestra, Chorus and Corps de Ballet – on the 1st, 3rd and 4th of October Protected content . But this time ROHM’s Turandot will include 51 extras and you may be one of the lucky ones selected for this fabulous opportunity. This is your chance to discover your talent and become part of the history of the Royal Opera House, to be on stage with world-class singers, and, like them, to take cues from the orchestra conductor as you take part fully costumed in the unfolding plot of this glorious opera. Check the requirements below, and if you feel inspired, please follow the instructions carefully.
35 MEN: Age: 18 – 45 approx. Size: Average build. Height: 1m 72 – 1m 90
Roles: Soldiers, peasants, mandarins, executioners and princes
Qualities: Men who love the theatre and arts, are passionate and like new experiences.
4 WOMEN: Age: 20 – 35 approx. Size: Average build. Height: 1m 64 – 1m 75
Roles: Peasant women and princesses.
Qualities: Women who love music, are energetic and like new experiences.
12 CHILDREN - BOYS OR GIRLS: Age: Protected content . Size: Average build
Roles: Peasants and attendants.
Qualities: Children who love music, are energetic and like new experiences.
SCHEDULE: (Subject to change)
Applicants will need to be available for ALL scheduled rehearsals and performances, although this does not necessarily mean that those selected (particularly children) will be required at all the times set out below. You may also be required to come in slightly earlier to don your costume for dress rehearsals. For performances you must come one hour early - at 18.00 for the 17.00 start.
Single Daily Rehearsal from 16.00 – 20.30 on the following dates in September:
Sunday through Thursday Protected content , 14th, 15th, 16, & 17th
Saturday though Monday Protected content , 20th, 21st
Twice Daily Rehearsals in September from 14.00 – 16.00 and from 18.30 – 22.00
Wednesday through Sunday 23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th
Once Daily Rehearsal in September from 14.00 –18.30
Monday and Tuesday, 28th & 29th
PERFORMANCES – 18.00 arrival for 19.00 start time, Thursday 1st , Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th October
Please send an email to Protected content which includes: Protected content full length photograph of yourself; and 2) a headshot photograph; along with: 3) a covering e-mail telling us a little about yourself, including your name, age, height, clothing size and contact telephone number; and, 4) a one or two concise paragraphs on why you would like to be involved.
NOTE: If we already have your details on file from past participation as an Extra, then please send an e-mail to register your interest.
Auditions will take place on Thursday 20th August at 5 pm, at the Royal Opera House Muscat
You may take part in the Audition only if you have applied by e-mail in advance and have been invited by the ROHM to come. If you are not available for the Audition, for all scheduled rehearsals and all three performances, then you cannot be considered. Applicants must be based locally, and have a bank account in Oman and an Omani ID card, or for non-Omanis, a Resident ID Card.
Application closing date: Tuesday 18th August, Protected content
Shortly after the Audition on the 20th of August, Protected content , successful applicants will be informed by e-mail that they have been selected.