Buy your way onto an opera stage

Have you always cherished a dream of becoming an opera star but never quite made it a reality? Well, this might be your chance…if you have $4,999 to spare, that is.

Harbour Bridge and Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House. Image credit: Wikimedia Commons

That’s how much Opera Australia is charging for walk-on roles in its upcoming productions of La Boheme, La Traviata and Carmen at the world famous Sydney Opera House. The organisation explains that the purchaser of the role will not be involved in singing or speaking during the production, but you will get to be on stage in full costume in front of 1,500 people.

“The participant is on stage with the chorus, but does not sing. [The] participant will be on stage only when the chorus is performing. This will likely be around 1 hour. Exact timing is subject to change,” they write on their website.

Opera Australia requests that all participants are at least 16 and capable of walking up and down stairs, and on a sloping stage.

The opera offers a personally fitted costume, hair and makeup to the participant, and notes they will work with the assistant director on stage direction prior to the performance.

The opportunity begins from 15 January, 2017.

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