Thursday, February 23, 2017

New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera's Bring the Family to the Opera Begins in March

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The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera, the house opera company of the Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), resumes in March the Bring the Family to the Opera initiative. This well-received program introduces children and the extended family to live, fully staged performances of grand opera as the composer intended. On March 9, 10, and 11, the program's first special ticket rate goes on sale to see Giuseppe Verdi's timeless work AIDA on April 23, 2017. The opera performs at 3:00 p.m. at the Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), located at 30 North Van Brunt Street, in Englewood, New Jersey.

“Verismo Opera provides once again the highly successful Bring the Family to the Opera. This program gives parents an opportunity to introduce their children to live opera and classical music presented on the stage with the complete cast in period costumes. We want children and their families to enjoy and experience high quality, affordable operatic performances,” said opera legend Lucine Amara, Artistic Director of the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera.

The Bring the Family to the Opera program seeks to instill children and their extended families, friends, and neighbors with an appreciation of opera and classical music. The company's new production, AIDA, replete with full sets, will entertain the audience with live singing performed by professional principal vocalists accompanied by the Verismo Opera Orchestra under the baton of Principal Conductor and Music Director Lucy Arner. Michael Wittenburg returns to the company this year to direct the Verismo Opera Chorus. General Manager/Stage Director Evelyn La Quaif directs the fully staged opera. The principals and the Verismo Opera Chorus perform in Italian with English supertitles provided.

Special Ticket Rates

Verismo Opera's Bring the Family to the Opera Program announces special ticket offers to see the company’s full production of AIDA on April 23, 2017. A special 40 percent off rate on $55 and $45 tickets with promotion code (AIDA1) is available only on March 9, 10, and 11, 2017. A final 30% discount on $55 and $45 tickets is available only on April 6, 7, and 8, 2017 with promotion code (AIDA2).

Special ticket rate offers for senior citizens and children will be on sale to see AIDA. Senior citizens purchasing regular-priced tickets are entitled to a 10 percent discount. The company is offering a reduced rate of $10 on all tickets for children, ages 12 and under. The special rates may not be combined with other offers.

These offers may be purchased only at bergenPAC’s box office, located at 30 North Van Brunt Street, Englewood, New Jersey, and by calling (201) 227-1030 or toll-free at 1-888-PACSHOW. Special ticket rates are not available online. All special ticket offers must be requested before the purchase.

Group Rates

Group discounts are available on $55 and $45 tickets now only with a minimum purchase of 10 tickets. For special group rates only, contact Ms. Hawks at riagrace@hotmail.com or (201) 816-9520. This discount is not available online.

Regularly priced tickets are on sale and may be purchased online at www.bergenpac.org. Tickets may also be purchased in person at bergenPAC’s box office, located at 30 North Van Brunt Street, Englewood, New Jersey, and by calling (201) 227-1030 or toll-free at 1-888-PACSHOW.

The theatre is handicapped accessible. Designated handicapped parking spaces are available. For information about bergenPAC's Accessibility Services, contact the theatre's Americans With Disabilities Coordinator at (201) 816-8160, extension 31.

Funding

The season is made possible, in part, with funds provided by the New Jersey Council on the Arts/Department of State, through grant funds administered by the Bergen County Department of Parks, Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs. Other supporters include Children’s Aid Foundation, Robert J. Campbell, MD, Cesare L. Santeramo, KSJ, Paul Weiss Matching Fund, The Gerda Lissner Foundation, Inc., and Vanguard Charitable Endowment Fund.


About New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera

For 28 years, the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera has been an integral part of the region’s classical music culture. Led by Metropolitan Opera luminary Lucine Amara, Verismo Opera delivers a rich, grand opera experience for performers and viewers.

As the Bergen Performing Arts Center's house opera company, Verismo Opera provides performing opportunities for young musicians and artists through its semi-annual productions at the theatre and concerts held in community settings. Community members are invited to get involved as supernumeraries and volunteers.

An annual international vocal competition is conducted in November with finals generally drawing artists throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. Verismo Opera also organizes opera workshops, master classes and concerts and offers affordable, highly professional productions.

For more information, visit Verismo Opera's web site, www.verismopera.org; follow the company on Facebook, http://bit.ly/9JXTP8, or Twitter @NJVerismoOpera; or call (201) 886-0561.

 

Photo

AIDA on April 23, 2017 at the Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood, New Jersey. Photo Credit: Marilyn Monsanto

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