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AVENGING FURIES VOLUNTEER CALL-OUT

This October, Opera Queensland is staging a bold new production of Don Giovanni directed by Lindy Hume at the Playhouse, QPAC. At a time when sexual misconduct is at the forefront of our collective consciousness, Hume’s sobering take on Mozart’s masterpiece will strike a brutally relevant chord.

To create the defining scene in this poignant production, Opera Queensland is seeking approximately 200 women to participate in the finale – a highly dramatic scene in which Don Giovanni is dragged to his end by the hundreds of victims he has preyed upon. The seven minute scene will require participants to appear naked, semi-naked or clothed in underwear as ‘avenging furies’.

Participants in this new production will play a horde of ‘avenging furies’ – some of the thousands of women in Giovanni’s catalogue of conquests, now taking revenge for the suffering his lifetime of debauchery has caused. In the final scene, Giovanni is dragged down to hell by the furies, and I want this scene to be as spectacular and as resonant for contemporary audiences as possible. ~ Director, Lindy Hume

What’s involved?

Opera Queensland is seeking approximately 200 adventurous women of various ages, backgrounds and body types to participate in the final scene of the opera – a highly dramatic scene of approximately seven minutes’ duration. The scene depicts Don Giovanni’s (Don Juan’s) descent into hell, and requires participants to appear either:

1. Naked; or
2. Semi-naked (topless), wearing own under-garments in accordance with wardrobe specifications; or
3. Clothed in underwear, wearing own under-garments in accordance with wardrobe specifications.*

*Please note: Appearing naked or semi-naked is optional, and participants are free to change their mind at any point. For the purposes of planning, we ask participants to indicate their initial choice of the above two options when completing their expression of interest form below. Participants who choose to appear naked or semi-naked will only be required to disrobe for the onstage scene itself, and can wear a dressing gown/bathrobe offstage immediately before and after the scene. Note that volunteers must provide their own dressing gown or bathrobe and slippers.

Important Information

To apply, volunteers must confirm their availability for all rehearsal calls and performances listed in the rehearsal and performance schedule below.

Please note that engagement in this project is strictly voluntary. Following submission of expression of interest forms, Opera Queensland will send each participant a volunteer agreement form via email.

The deadline for expressions of interest is 5.00pm, Monday 24 September 2018

ROLES AND CASTING CRITERIA

  • We are seeking a range of participants aged 18+ with varying body types and ethnicities.
  • Non-singing, non-speaking roles. Crowd scene only.
  • The group will be required to take direction and move en masse to music.
  • Participating in a scene with professional opera singers.

REHEARSAL AND PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
Rehearsals

  • Wednesday 3 October 6.30-9.30pm – meet and greet/wardrobe checks (OperaQ Studio)
  • Saturday 13 October 4.30-9.30pm – piano dress rehearsal (Playhouse Theatre, QPAC)
  • Tuesday 16 October 6.30-9.30pm – stage orchestral (Playhouse Theatre, QPAC)
  • Wednesday 17 October 6.30-9.30pm– general rehearsal (Playhouse Theatre, QPAC)

8 Performances (Playhouse Theatre, QPAC)

  • Friday 19 October 7.30pm
  • Saturday 20 October 7.30pm
  • Tuesday 23 October 6.30pm
  • Friday 26 October 7.30pm
  • Saturday 27 October 7.30pm
  • Tuesday 30 October 6.30pm
  • Thursday 1 November 7.30pm
  • Saturday 3 November 1.30pm

Please note: a finalised production schedule will be available closer to the commencement of the rehearsal period. Dates above are subject to confirmation. 

PHOTOGRAPHY AND MEDIA
Photography and videography play an important role in the promotion and documentation of each Opera Queensland production.

Due to the nature of the finale for this production of Don Giovanni, Opera Queensland will not be sharing clear and distinct production images of the avenging furies scene with the media. Instead, we’d like to capture a long exposure image during the final stage orchestral in which Duncan Rock (Don Giovanni) is enveloped in a blur of bodies.

The image will be directed and shot by Opera Queensland Resident Photographer, Stephanie Do Rozario.

I’m very much looking forward to creating this image with our team of avenging furies and Duncan. The visual and emotive power of the scene will be amplified through the use of long exposure photography in which bodies will envelope the doomed protagonist in a haunting blur of movement.

Below are 3 examples of long exposure photography with the human body:

Opera Queensland will share this image in place of production stills to portray the final scene.

Please note that an archival recording of the production will be captured at one of the performances within the season. This will be securely filed by Opera Queensland for historical record only.

EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FORM

In the finale of Opera Queensland’s Don Giovanni, I agree to appear:

MORE ABOUT THE PRODUCTION

THE DIRECTOR
Lindy Hume is an award-winning director whose accomplishments include terms as Festival Director of Sydney Festival (2010-2012) and Artistic Director of Perth International Arts Festival (2004-2007). Lindy has been Artistic Director of several of Australasia’s major performing arts institutions including Opera Queensland, West Australian Opera, Victorian State Opera and OzOpera.

Lindy won a Helpmann Award for her production of Richard Mills’ Batavia for ‘Best Director of an Opera’, and in 2010 her Sydney Festival won five Helpmann Awards from nine nominations including Best New Australian Work. She has directed numerous productions for companies including Opera Australia, West Australian Opera, Pinchgut Opera, New Zealand Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Seattle Opera, San Diego Opera, Staatsoper Unter den Linden (Berlin), Opera St Gallen, Leipzig Opera, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and Aldeburgh Festival.

Last year Lindy returned to Seattle Opera, New Zealand Opera and made her Royal Opera, Stockholm debut. She is recognised as a champion of new Australian work across a range of genres and excellence in regional arts, and was awarded an honorary doctorate from UWA in 2007 for her contribution to the arts in WA.


Lindy Hume – image by Stephanie Do Rozario.
crimsonrosella.com.au

THE DESIGNER
Anna Cordingley is an award-winning set and costume designer for theatre, opera, dance, musical theatre and cabaret whose designs have been seen by audiences throughout Australia, Europe, Britain and the United States. She also designs exhibitions and events; and creates installation and public art.

Opera designs include: Aida (Opera Australia) costumes; Sunday in the Park with George (Victorian Opera), The Threepenny Opera (VO/Sydney Theatre Company/Malthouse); Richter/Meinhof Opera (Melbourne Festival). Theatre designs include: Jasper Jones (MTC), Death and the Maiden (MTC/STC); Richard III, Romeo & Juliet, Tartuffe, Phedre, Macbeth, Julius Caesar (Bell Shakespeare); Meow Meow’s Little Mermaid (Malthouse, Sydney Festival, Edinburgh Festival); Meo Meow’s Little Match Girl (SF/Malthouse); Masquerade (SF/Griffin/STCSA); and for Malthouse, The Bloody Charmer, A Golem Story, The Story of Mary Maclane by Herself (with Griffin), One Night the Moon, Knives in Hens (with STCSA), Happy Days (with Belvoir).

Designs for dance include, An Act of Now and Connected (Chunky Move); Human Interest Story (Lucy Guerin); and Puck (Rogue/Malthouse).

Anna’s event design includes being a principal member of the set, costume and projection design team for Melbourne Commonwealth Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

Anna won a 2017 Helpmann Award for best set design and two Green Room awards for best design. She has been nominated for numerous Helpmann Awards, Sydney Theatre Awards and Greenroom Awards and was awarded the Kristian Fredrikson Scholarship the John Vickery Scholarship.


Anna Cordingley – image by Pia Johnson.
annacordingley.com.au

OUR DON GIOVANNI
Duncan Rock studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and subsequently at the National Opera Studio.

He is the winner of the 2012 Chilcott Award – the inaugural award from the Susan Chilcott Scholarship to support a ‘major young artist with the potential to make an international impact’.  A Jerwood Young Artist at the Glyndebourne Festival, he was the recipient of 2010 John Christie Award, given by the Worshipful Company of Musicians.

His engagements in the 2017-2018 include Schaunard La bohème for his debut at the Metropolitan Opera and for his return to Covent Garden and Moutjoy in a new production of Gloriana for the Teatro Réal in Madrid.

He has sung the title role in Don Giovanni for Glyndebourne, the Boston Lyric Opera and the Welsh National Opera; Tarquinius The Rape of Lucretia for the Deutsche Oper, Berlin and Glyndebourne; Il Conte Le nozze di Figaro for Garsington Opera; Papageno The Magic Flute for the English National Opera; Belcore L’elisir d’amore for Opera North; Marcello La bohème for the English National Opera and Opera North; Billy Bigelow Carousel for the Houston Grand Opera and the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris; Marullo Rigoletto at Covent Garden and Donald Billy Budd  and English Clerk & Guide Death in Venice for the Teatro Réal in Madrid.

Future seasons see him return to the Metropolitan Opera and to Covent Garden, and make his debut at the Gran Teatro del Liceu in Barcelona.

Kevin Burdette (left) as Leporello and Duncan Rock as Don Giovanni in the Boston Lyric Opera production. Photo by T. Charles Erickson.

duncanrock.co.uk

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