SINGERS WANTED FOR NJ ASSOCIATION OF VERISMO OPERA CHORUS
Sing your heart out with the NJ Association of Verismo Opera. Artistic Director and Metropolitan Opera luminary Lucine Amara announces auditions for the Verismo Opera Chorus will be held on January 16 and January 23, 2013.
During the company’s 23rd season, Love, Comedy, Obsession & Murder, choristers will perform in the company’s spring productions of Ruggiero Leoncavallo's I Pagliacci on Sunday, April 21 at 3:00 p.m. and Pietro Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana and Puccini’s Suor Angelica on Sunday, October 20 at 3:00 at the Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC) in Englewood, New Jersey and other venues. The company will also perform Gianni Schicchi as part of a double bill on April 21.
Auditions for the chorus will be held on Wednesdays, January 16 and 23, beginning at 7:00 p.m. at 44 Armory Street in Englewood, New Jersey. Applicants should bring one or two songs to perform. An accompanist will be provided.
Male choristers, representing all vocal ranges and ages, are especially needed. Sight-reading ability is definitely a plus, but not necessary. No prior stage experience is required. An application may be downloaded. For information or to schedule an appointment to audition for the chorus, call (201) 886-0561.
Under Chorus Director Mara Waldman, singers will explore grand opera through active performances. The operas will be fully staged and performed in costume accompanied by an orchestra under internationally renowned Principal Conductor/Music Director Anthony Morss in a number of performing arts centers.
The 2013 season is made possible, in part, with funds provided by the New Jersey Council on the Arts/Department of State, through grand funds administered by the Bergen County Department of Parks, Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs. Other supporters include the Mary Casella Briggs Memorial Fund, The Gerda Lissner Foundation, Inc., Vanguard Charitable Endowment Fund, Children’s Aid Foundation, Paul Weiss Matching Fund, Robert J. Campbell, MD and Cesare L. Santeramo, KSJ.
The NJ Association of Verismo Opera has been a part of the New Jersey music scene since 1989. The opera company, a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization based in Fort Lee New Jersey, is the only professional opera company in Bergen County and northern New Jersey. The organization provides performing opportunities for young musicians and artists and sponsors an annual vocal competition held in November with finals generally held at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall, drawing artists from all over the United States, Canada, and Europe. The company also organizes opera workshops and offers affordable, highly professional operatic productions in the Bergen County, New Jersey community.
The company is recognized for providing up and coming performing artists with the training to attain a successful operatic career. Several singers, notably Richard Hobson, Frank Poretta, Emmanuel di Villarosa, James Valenti and Irina Rindzuner of the Metropolitan Opera, started their road to success by performing in Verismo Opera productions.