Lyric Opera of Chicago

Dance Audtitions for Parsifal

For Immediate Release:
April 4, 2013

 Lyric Opera of Chicago to hold dance auditions for 
Parsifal by Richard Wagner 
Sunday, April 28, 2013, at the Civic Opera House 

Lyric Opera of Chicago is auditioning highly trained classical/contemporary dancers with experience of pas de deux and aerial flying/harness work as well as aerial silk/tissue artists with a strong classical dance background for its upcoming production of the opera Parsifal by Richard Wagner. This new production will be staged by John Caird. Tim Claydon is the choreographer and August Tye is the ballet mistress.

Rehearsals begin October 7, 2013, with six performances November 9 through November 29, 2013.

Parsifal requires one solo female dancer (plus one cover) and three solo male dancers (plus one cover). Up to two of these dancers may also be aerial silk/tissue artists with a strong classical dance background.

When registering for the audition, silk/tissue artists will be asked to provide video examples of their work, as the audition will be a dance audition only.

Please note all successful applicants will be required to work at height as well as perform ground-based dance choreography.

Auditions will be held at the Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Drive, Chicago.

  Sunday, April 28 Tentative Schedule:

10:00 a.m. Registration  
11:00 a.m. Class
12:00 p.m. Dance Audition 

Auditionees should wear simple dance clothes that show the dance line.

All applicants must use the stage-door entrance at Washington St. and Wacker Dr. All applicants must check in and register for the audition before the audition class. A résumé and headshot are required to register.

Walk-ins will not be seen. To RSVP please send your resume and headshot to or call (312) 827-3576. The deadline for registration is Wednesday, April 24, 2013.

Please be prepared to show a government-issued photo identification card to gain access to the Civic Opera House. All applicants must have valid eligibility to work in the United States. Lyric Opera will not apply for working permits for foreign dancers.