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Glimmerglass Opera casting call

FOR SUPERNUMERARIES FOR 2009 PRODUCTION:

Glimmerglass Opera is casting supernumeraries for the 2009 production of Gian Carlo Menotti's The Consul, which will run July 25 through August 24 in the company's Alice Busch Opera Theater.

Supernumerary roles are supporting, non-speaking roles. The company is looking to cast three men and two women, all of which will play multiple roles, as well as two children ages 5 to 10. Glimmerglass Opera supernumeraries receive a one-time honorarium, a complimentary ticket to each 2009 production and gas mileage reimbursement for travel to and from all rehearsals and performances.

Interested parties should contact Glimmerglass Opera Artistic Operations Manager Alice Busch Opera Theater.

as soon as possible at ahooper@glimmerglass.org.

The Consul is an opera in three acts which tells the story of Magda, a woman attempting to obtain paperwork permitting her to join her freedom-fighter husband in another county. Magda's world is confined by a closed consul's door, a desperately sick child, and a husband separated from her by political injustice and bureaucracy. Menotti, whose extensive body of work also includes Amahl and the Night Visitors, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and a New York Drama Critics Circle award for The Consul. In 2007, Menotti passed away at the age of 95 in Monaco.

Directed by Sam Helfrich, Glimmerglass Opera's production of The Consul will feature Melissa Citro as Magda, mezzo-sopranos Leah Wool and Joyce Castle as, respectively, The Secretary and The Mother, tenor John Easterlin as The Magician, baritone Michael Chioldi as John Sorel, and members of the company's 2009 Young American Artists Program. Sets will be designed by Andrew Lieberman, costumes by Kaye Voyce and lighting by Jane Cox.

"Glimmerglass Opera's 2009 production of The Consul promises to be a highlight of the Festival Season," said Don Marrazzo, Director of Casting & Artistic Operations for the company. "Menotti was one of the most20prolific opera composers of his time, and, with our production of his riveting work The Consul, we honor the life, the career, and most importantly, the music of Gian Carlo Menotti."

Glimmerglass Opera's 2009 Festival Season features Verdi's La Traviata, Rossini's La Cenerentola, Menotti's The Consul and Purcell's Dido and Aeneas. The season runs July 18 through August 25, 2009, at the Alice Busch Opera Theater. For more information, visit www.glimmerglass.org or call (607) 547-2255.

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