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Solum Hastas Sed Etiam Spectaculum
unofficial motto of the San Francisco opera Supernumeraries roughly translates
to “We not only carry the spears but also the show."
A Supernumerary or "Super" (sometimes called a "spearcarrier")
is a nonsinging, nonspeaking extra (actor) typically in an opera, but
also in ballet and theatrical productions. The San Francisco Opera has
long had a very dedicated band of Supers who have established a good reputation
with directors and who have a strong sense of community among themselves.
We have a Super Committee that
works with the Opera House Management (here is their Mission
Statement). Some Supers on the current roster have been supering since
the Sixties and others started only yesterday. We also assist the Production
Staff by posting current scheduling and casting information on this site.
If you are interested in becoming a Super at the San Francisco Opera,
please review of the application process.
There are also many other ways you can help the Opera by volunteering
for lightwalking or participating in one
of our fundraising activities.
Korniej, a long-time Super, would be happy to answer any further questions.