Top 10 Opera Malfunctions: Spit, Too-Tight Tights and Choking

The Houston Grand Opera has issued an open call for supernumeraries - the people who stand in the background around the opera singers - and no experience is required. You get a little pay, free tickets to the opera and a chance to be on stage with opera greats.

There are also some dangers involved, as Brian Mitchell, the archivist for HGO, who has also worked as a "super" since 2004, has detailed in his own version of a Top 10 list. We've attached some further explanations after an interview with Mitchell, who appears in anywhere from three to five shows a season.

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