Nearly every opera presented on the Jubilee stage features a chorus – an operatic tradition that creates moments of great spectacle and beautiful music, filling the theatre with rousing performances and electric energy.
Our chorus is a professional group comprised of people in the Edmonton community with a passion for music and theatre. Some chorus members have music degrees, while others are doctors, lawyers, and students. Many have been part of the Edmonton Opera Chorus for decades!
Do I need a music degree to be part of the chorus?
No. This is a professional group, and the Edmontonians involved may have music degrees, but are also employed in other professions and pursuits.
I have sung in choirs, but have no classical voice training or haven’t seen opera before. Can I still be a part of the opera chorus?
Yes. We provide all training necessary.
Do I get paid? Are there any other benefits?
Chorus members are paid hourly based on Alberta’s minimum wage. We also offer you two complimentary tickets to Tuesday or Friday performances of the opera, a parking pass for the Jubilee, and other ticket discounts. Being part of the chorus also means you get to share the stage with world-class singers, directors and designers, and there is opportunity to be considered for small solo roles.
When are rehearsals?
Rehearsals are always evenings and weekends, not during typical business hours.
What does the rehearsal schedule look like?
The confirmed schedules are set when chorus contracts are signed, but in general, music rehearsals are three to four nights per week, starting a month before staging starts. A week prior to opening night, rehearsals are every night and mandatory.
Where do we perform?
Rehearsals are held at Edmonton Opera's rehearsal hall, located at 15230 128 Ave. The productions are at the Jubilee Auditorium.
Do I have to memorize my music?
Yes. Not by the first rehearsal, but definitely by the time the staging rehearsals start. However, most members find that they memorize without much effort, through the rehearsals themselves.
How do I learn my music?
Chorus scores are provided.
What if I can’t speak any foreign languages?
Fluency in foreign languages is not required to be a part of the opera chorus. Between the rehearsals, chorus scores and music CDs, everyone can learn whichever language is being performed for that production. Recently, the chorus has sung in Italian, French, Russian, English and German.
Do I have to bring my own costume?
We provide the costumes, and they are custom fitted by Edmonton Opera’s wardrobe department. Professional hair and makeup is also done during the performances.
I can’t be involved in all of the shows, but I can perform in one or two. Is that OK?
Yes. Chorus members do not have to perform in all of the scheduled mainstage operas.