Casting Call

The Wiener Festwochen are looking for 18 people for La Clemenza di Tito, directed by Milo Rau.

Casting Call

The Wiener Festwochen are looking for 18 people for La Clemenza di Tito, directed by Milo Rau.

In Milo Rau’s first opera treatment, emperor Tito’s well-wishing commitment degenerates into a strategy of sheer self-preservation, an empty revolutionary platitude. Together with eighteen people who live in Vienna and have themselves experienced repressive regimes, the Camerata Salzburg and the Arnold Schoenberg Choir, Rau undertakes an actualisation of Mozart’s last opera.

About the piece

Details

Number of Actors (total): 18
Rehearsals and Performances: 3 – 25 May (daily rehearsals or performances, availability required troughout)
Payment: € 1,050 (gross payment, with employment contract, part-time)
Casting 4 – 5 March between 9am and 4pm, recall 6 – 7 March

Application requirements

Deadline for applications 16 February 2024

  • 18+ or with a chaperone (see role descriptions)
  • availability throughout during the month of May and on the casting days (4 – 7 March)
  • generally suitability for one of the following roles

Please submit your application with a motivational letter, full-length and portrait photo via the online form.

In your motivational letter, please indicate which position (description and number) you are applying for and why you are applying for that position.

The following positions will be filled

  • Family living in a trailer park (3 persons)

    Family living in a trailer park: father, mother, child

    1. Father: is hanged at the beginning of the Act: man, late 30s, circus experience preferred

    2. Mother: woman, late 30s, ideally biological mother of child (no. 3)

    3. Child: girl or boy, not older than 10, ideally child of the mother (no. 2), stage experience preferred

  • Shamans in the Trailer Park (2 persons)

    A duo who heal the main character in Act 2 by a traditional ritual (with song).

    4. Woman with Eastern European or Middle Eastern background. Knowledge of traditional singing, chanting experience

    5. Woman with Eastern European or Middle Eastern background. Knowledge of traditional singing, chanting experience

  • Victim (1 Person)

    6. A nationalist man who is killed by the two shamans at the beginning of the opera. Male, white, between 50 and 60 years old, bulky, strong emotional attachment to Austria/Vienna, ideally with ties to the opera, willing to perform in underwear. Holds a monologue.

  • Leader of the soldiers (1 person)

    7. A charismatic man who kills his own son in Act 1. Man, strong, the largest of the group of soldiers, father of the teenager (no. 18), ideally with opera stage experience

  • Soldiers (3 persons)

    8. Man or woman, 20 – 35 years old, muscular build

    9. Man or woman, 20 – 35 years old, muscular build

    10. Man or woman, 20 – 35 years old, muscular build

  • Bodyguards (2 persons)

    Bodyguards of the top-ranking Tito

    11. Man, not older than 40, strong build

    12. Man, not older than 40, strong build

  • Inhabitants of the Trailer Park (6 persons)

    Live in the trailer park, next to the family of 3 persons

    13. Man in wheelchair: mid-30s, some stage experience

    14. Woman: mid-30s, is hanged at the beginning of Act 2, some circus experience required

    15. Drug cook: woman, late 40s

    16. Man in tent: not older than 50

    17. Teenager in tent: man or woman, about 18 years old

    18. Teenager who is executed: girl/boy, about 16 years old, some prior stage experience, daughter / son on man (role no. 7)

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