Franco Harris will play the "Champion of Champions" in the Pittsburgh Opera's production of "Aida."
Mr. Harris, A former Pittsburgh Steeler, NFL Hall of Famer and community advocate, will appear in the non-speaking, non-singing, ceremonial role in the Act 2 Triumphal Scene on Oct. 18. He will take the stage with more than 100 supernumeraries, chorus members, cast members and dancers.
The same role was performed by wrestling icon Bruno Sammartino in Pittsburgh Opera's 2008 production of "Aida."
A casting call was held this past Saturday for scores of buff men needed to play the supernumeraries in four performances at the Benedum Center Oct. 12-20. About 50 men responded.
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