SOPRANO & COSTUME ASSISTANT

Job title:
Soprano (with costume assistant duties)

Production:
Puccini’s LA BOHÈME

Salary:
Rehearsal period           £50 p/3-hour session, pro rata
Performance Period      £100 p/performance (total £1,400)

Key Dates:
Rehearsal period:
18 – 21 Feb 2019 (London)
27 – 28 Feb 2019 (London)

We expect you to be called for a maximum of 4 sessions within this period.

Performances:             
5 Mar: Theatre Royal Wakefield
8 & 9 Mar: Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough
13 Mar: Broadway Theatre, Letchworth Garden City
23 Mar: Worthing Theatres
27 Mar: Nuffield Theatres, Southampton
30 Mar: artsdepot, London
25 Apr: New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth
2 May: Theatre Royal Winchester
31 May: Anvil Arts, Basingstoke
3 & 4 June: Bristol Old Vic
27 & 28 Sep: Guernsey

OperaUpClose organise and provide train travel from London to each venue. Accommodation is also provided where train travel back to London immediately after the performance is not possible (Wakefield, Scarborough, Bristol, Guernsey).

Production details:
OperaUpClose present the revival UK tour of their inaugural, Olivier Award-winning La Bohème as part of the company’s 10th Anniversary Celebrations this year.

This new English version of Puccini’s much-loved weepie is a favourite with critics and audiences alike. One of the most accessible and moving operas ever written, La Bohème charts the ups and downs of a group of idealistic graduates as they bicker, party, try to make ends meet and follow their dreams.

Aspiring novelist Rodolfo discovers a harsher reality when he falls for immigrant cleaner Mimi, while his best friend Marcello's tempestuous relationship with his on-off girlfriend Musetta brings humour and fireworks to the stage. The comic elements of this hugely popular production heighten its tragic ending, with audiences saying this 21st century Bohème affected them like no other. 

Creative Team

Librettist & Director                   Robin Norton-Hale
Original Musical Director           Andrew Charity
Tour Musical Director                 Elspeth Wilkes
Costume & Set Designers         Kate Guinness & Lucy Read
Original Lighting Designer          Christopher Nairne 
Tour Lighting Designer               Richard Williamson

The role:
This role combines a small singing role in act II of La Bohème and some simple costume duties. It is well-suited to a recent graduate who is looking to gain experience in touring opera productions.

Soprano: in act II of La Bohème you will play the role of the barmaid, who interacts with Rodolfo, Mimi & their friends in the pub (equivalent to the role of Parpignol in traditional productions). The part comprises 2 solo sung lines and a few minutes of chorus singing. You will be on stage for approximately 20 minutes.

Costume assistant: On the performance day, when not rehearsing or performing you will be required to help with some simple costume duties. These will include:

  • Sorting and arranging costumes in dressing rooms

  • Ironing costumes

  • Reporting damaged or missing items to the Stage Manager

  • Pre-setting costumes as required.

Application:
Please send your CV and a short covering note to Helen at helen@operaupclose.com by Friday 1 February.