|Maxine Helfman for Dallas Opera|
No flab? Check. No shirt? Check. No singing talent? Check, and you still get a paycheck if Dallas Opera deems you and your tight abs suitable for casting as an extra in the upcoming production of Giuseppe Verdi's AÃ¯da.
This opera need a bunch of guys, age 18 to 50, who are physically fit and willing to appear on the big stage at the Winspear Opera House topless and possibly shoeless. They need them right now. Like, yesterday, according to the plea sent out by the company today.
Lots and lots of supernumeraries, as extras are called in the opera world, are required for the opera's huge crowd scenes. You'd be playing a guard, torch bearer, fan waver or other character in Ancient Egypt (just like in The Scorpion King! Or Cleopatra!).
Though these are non-speaking, non-singing roles, a little acting is required to make the audience believe you belong up there. Also some endurance, as this opera is four acts long. You also have to be good at taking direction and learning simple choreography, and you must be at every rehearsal.
If chosen, you'll strut your hot stuff next to some of the biggest opera stars in the world: Latonia Moore (Aida), Antonello Palombi (Radames), Nadia Krasteva (Amneris), Lester Lynch (Amonasro), Orlin Anastassov (Ramfis) and Ben Wager (The King of Egypt).
Staging rehearsals are scheduled to begin on October 1 and you must be available for all six performances (October 26, 28 and 31 and November 3, 9, and 11). Positions are paid, though the payment is "modest," says Dallas Opera.
To apply, visit www.dallasopera.org/supers and fill out the form. If you have questions, contact the Dallas Opera's stage management staff at firstname.lastname@example.org. You'll be notified when casting choices have been made.