The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera announces the casting of supernumerary roles. Supernumeraries (supers) appear in the company’s new production of Vincenzo Bellini’s Norma.

Supernumerary Roles

Verismo Opera invites experienced, beginning, and aspiring actors to apply for these roles.  Male adults, standing 5′ 6″ and above, perform nonsinging, nonspeaking parts as soldiers, guards, and townspeople. In addition, six young women, ages 15 to 17, appear as acolytes.

Casting of supernumerary roles gets underway in September.

New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera announces a casting call for supernumerary roles.

Supers, the equivalent of extras seen in movies, appear with principal singers on the stage. In addition, all supernumerary positions are undertaken as volunteer roles.

No prior stage experience is required. Supers work closely with the company’s General Manager/Stage Director Evelyn La Quaif, a prominent voice teacher and performer.  Also, they see first-hand the opera’s development up close.  This experience gives them the opportunity to perform on the stage with a full cast.  Furthermore, supernumeraries’ names appear in the production’s Stagebill.

Verismo Opera, the house opera company of the Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), performs the grand production at the theatre located at 30 North Van Brunt Street in Englewood, New Jersey.  The opera takes place on October 28, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.

In addition, the grand opera company presents a fully staged production with a live orchestra and chorus.  Besides that, the entire cast performs in full costume. Principal Conductor/Music Director Lucy Arner directs the Verismo Opera Orchestra.  Chorus Director/Associate Conductor Michael Wittenburg leads the Verismo Opera Chorus.

Applicants interested in appearing as supernumeraries attend the first rehearsal. For further information about the supernumerary roles and rehearsal dates, contact Ria Hawks at


The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera commits to ensure its programs and services are accessible. Applicants requiring a special accommodation or with specific questions about the physical features of a facility where Verismo Opera performs may call (201) 886-0561 at least two weeks prior to the first rehearsal.