Sumo wrestlers recruited for Canadian opera

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TORONTO (AP) -- Talk about a couple of heavyweight performances: The Canadian Opera Company has cast two sumo wrestlers for an upcoming production.

The company has had a tough time finding two oversized wrestlers to perform in "Semele," which runs May 9-26 at the Four Seasons Centre in Toronto. They will have a three-minute staged match as part of the story.

After a long search, the company landed U.S. sumo Emanuel (Tiny) Yarbrough and Elmer Gale.

Yarbrough holds the Guinness Book of World Records title as the "largest professional athlete in the world." He checks in at about 6-foot-8 and 625 pounds.

Gale runs the sumo school Ronin Judo in Toronto. One of his students read about the company's search and suggested he get involved.