More than 40 men came to try out for San Diego Opera last night. It didn’t matter if they could sing.
Some found out about the auditions from martial arts class newsletters or rock-climbing clubs. Most are used to climbing things, like the high-voltage electrician who scales poles. Others are used to the life aquatic, like the fisherman who spent 40 years hauling fish in Alaska. Stage acrobatics are second nature for many, like brothers from the performing Platt family who were semifinalists on the “America’s Got Talent” television show.
All were hoping to land spots as climbers, fighters, acrobats on the whaling ship Pequod for San Diego Opera’s upcoming production of “Moby-Dick,” a new opera.
The opera uses creative lighting and video projections to convert the stage from an upright ship to a birds-eye view of smaller boats. The cast will dangle from heights up to 40 feet, cling to rungs on a curved wall much like a skateboarding half-pipe, and crash and slide in heaps down the wall when storms come.