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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Verismo Opera Casting Supernumerary Roles for Tosca

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New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera's Artistic Director, Lucine Amara, announces supernumerary roles are being cast during September. Supernumeraries (supers) appear in the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera's new production of Giacomo Puccini's Tosca on Sunday, October 15, 2017.

Verismo Opera, the house opera company of the Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), performs the grand production at the theatre, located at 30 North Van Brunt Street in Englewood, New Jersey, at 3:00 p.m. Supers, the equivalent of extras seen in movies, appear with principal singers from around the world on the stage.

Experienced, beginning, and aspiring actors may apply for supernumerary roles. Female and male adults and teenagers, ages 17 and above, are needed for nonsinging, nonspeaking parts in Tosca.  They perform in costume and appear as soldiers, police agents, altar boys, noblemen and women, townsfolk and artisans.

No prior stage experience is required. Supers work closely with the company’s General Manager/Stage Director, Canadian soprano Evelyn La Quaif, a prominent voice teacher and performer. They see first-hand the opera's development and are recognized in the production's Stagebill.  For further information about supernumerary roles available and rehearsal dates, contact Ria Hawks at riagrace@hotmail.com.

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Verismo Opera's new production is fully staged, with the entire cast performing in full costume. The Verismo Opera Orchestra, under Principal Conductor/Music Director Lucy Arner, and the Verismo Opera Chorus, led by Chorus Director/Associate Conductor Michael Wittenberg, accompany the principal singers.

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. In November 2017, the company celebrates its 29th season with the launch of the annual international vocal competition. Led by Metropolitan Opera luminary Lucine Amara, Verismo Opera delivers a rich, grand opera experience for performers and viewers.

Verismo Opera provides performing opportunities for young musicians and artists through its semi-annual productions at the theatre and concerts held in local settings. Community members are invited to get involved as supernumeraries and volunteers.

The vocal competition begins in November with finals generally drawing artists throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia. 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: Supernumeraries appear in the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera's production of Tosca.

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