Minnesota Opera - Song Poet AAPI Dancer & Super Call for Applications

Rate of Pay: 
$700.00 $1000.00

Minnesota Opera is casting six adult performers of Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) heritage to join the world premiere of The Song Poet.  The first Hmong story adapted for the operatic stage, St. Paul writer Kao Kalia Yang’s memoir, The Song Poet, tells the story of Yang’s family and her song poet father as war drives them from the mountains of Laos into a Thai refugee camp and ultimately on to the challenging world of life as immigrants.  With his poetry, Kalia’s father inspires hope in his family, polishing their reality so that they might shine. 


All performers applying for roles in this post must be over the age of 18 and have completed high school.   

Performers under age 18 who are interested in singing and speaking roles may explore our Youth Audition Notice: https://minnesotaplaylist.com/classified/minnesota-opera-song-poet-aapi-youth-auditions.     


Super (Silent Actor) & Dancer Roles 

A “Super” – short for “Supernumerary” – is a silent actor who plays a supplementary role in an opera.  Each Super in the The Song Poet will portray multiple characters, which may include airplanes, soldiers, villagers, refugees, and guests.  Supers will also participate in transitions from scene to scene by moving scenery and props around the stage and should be comfortable pushing/pulling items on wheels or carrying smaller pieces of furniture.  We are seeking 4 adult Supers of varying ages and genders. 


Dancers in The Song Poet will participate in the above Super staging, plus will perform some choreography.  We are seeking 2 adult Dancers, to portray one female and one male role. 


Production Schedule 

Please click the following link to view the preliminary Rehearsal & Performance Schedule for The Song Poet Supers & Dancers: https://pages.propared.com/p/filters/38403/KIdYbkTJXAu6lRGJoTeFwewkhcpEl2mm0TIb3bTWNjs.   



Supers: $700 Stipend 

Dancers: $1,000 Stipend 

Compensation is based on the number of performances and overall time commitment for this production.   


To Apply 


COVID-19 Protocols 

Minnesota Opera is committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace for all our team members and has a COVID-19 preparedness plan in place which follows guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), and industry guidance for safe performing arts activities.  All artists, staff, and other parties directly engaged by Minnesota Opera are required to be fully “up to date” on COVID-19 vaccines prior to their first day of in-person work.  “Up to date,” as defined by the CDC, means a person has received all recommended COVID-19 vaccines, including both their original series and any booster dose(s) when eligible, including a bivalent booster. 

Contact information

Minnesota Opera
Kerry Masek

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Friday, January 20
Posted January 12