If you’ve ever wanted to perform on the stage of the National Opera House, Wexford Festival Opera is looking for men (18 and over) to perform as ‘extras’ or ‘supernumeraries’ for the upcoming comedy opera Dinner at Eight.
Those interested are invited to come along to the National Opera House on Thursday, 6 September at 7pm for an information evening, lasting approximately one hour. Director of Artistic Administration, Nora Cosgrave and Company Manager, Nicky Kehoe will be in attendance to discuss the production and answer any questions that anyone may have about participating as an ‘extra’. While previous stage or movement experience would be helpful, it isn’t necessary.
Dinner at Eight by US composer William Bolcom received its world-premiere at Minnesota Opera in March 2017. Wexford’s production will be its European premiere and will be conducted by Wexford’s Artistic Director, David Agler and directed by Tomer Zvulan who directed Silent Night in 2014 for Wexford. Set in depression-era Manhattan, the music of Dinner at Eight teems with 1930s influences, especially jazz and blues. Based on the play by George S. Kaufman which ran on Broadway in 1932, it was quickly turned into a film with Jean Harlow. The Seattle-born composer, who turned 80 this year, successfully weds American musical comedy and opera to a libretto by Mark Campbell (librettist on Silent Night by Kevin Puts, Wexford Festival Opera 2014) in a plot which revolves around an ill-fated dinner party. Dinner at Eight is essentially a comedy, laced with biting, darker elements of greed, infidelity and addiction and features a sizeable cast of characters hell-bent on fiddling while New York City burns around them. Video clips of the world-premiere can be seen www.youtube.com/watch?v=PP8M3bMg0aM A co-production with Minnesota Opera and Atlanta Opera.
The 67th Wexford Festival Opera will run over 17 days, beginning Friday, 19 October and running until Sunday, 4 November 2018. Tickets can be purchased online 24/7 at www.wexfordopera.com, in person at the National Opera House or by calling the box-office on +353 (0)53 912 2144 or 1-850-4-OPERA Monday-Saturday, 9.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.
The 67th Wexford Festival Opera is supported by grants from the Arts Council, Wexford County Council and Fáilte Ireland/Ireland’s Ancient East.