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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Application Deadlines Extended for New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera's Auditions at Bergen Performing Arts Center for Roles in Carmen, Lucia di Lammermoor



The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera has extended the deadlines for soloists in all vocal categories to submit applications to audition for roles in the professional opera company’s 2015 productions. New Jersey residents are encouraged to apply. Applications for the February 9 auditions must now be received by January 30. An audition appointment is required and must be made in advance.

Auditions will be held for the roles of Morales, Lillas Pastia, and El Remendado in Georges Bizet's Carmen and Lord Arturo Bucklaw, Alisa, and Normanno in Gaetano Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor. Open auditions will be held on February 9 from 5:00 to 9:00 The Drapkin Cabaret and Lounge of the Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), located at 30 North Van Brunt Street in Englewood, New Jersey.

Verismo Opera, the house opera company of bergenPAC, presents its 26th season with performances of Carmen on April 26 and Lucia di Lammermoor on October 18 in 2015. All the productions will be presented at 3:00 p.m. at bergenPAC.

Verismo Opera will present these grand operas fully staged with a live orchestra and chorus. The selected vocalists will receive free coaching from professionals in the field, including Artistic Director Lucine Amara, a Met Opera legend; General Manager/Stage Director Evelyn La Quaif, a Canadian soprano; and Maestro Anthony Morss. Professional photos and a DVD of the production will be available to use for future engagements and performances.


All applicants must have previous experience in a fully staged production and the necessary vocal training to perform leading or supporting roles. New Jersey residents are encouraged to apply. Although an accompanist will be provided, applicants may bring their own. For an audition appointment, call 201-886-0561 or send an e-mail to

Applicants must submit a bio listing current or past performances and roles sung, a resume, photo and an audio file, preferably in an MP3 format or on a CD, and a list of three arias by the application deadline to Verismo Opera Inc., P.O. Box 3024, Fort Lee, New Jersey 07024-9024 or to A refundable $25 deposit must be submitted with all applications. Checks should be made out to Verismo Opera and mailed to P.O. Box 3024, Fort Lee, New Jersey 07026.

The site is handicapped accessible. Designated handicapped parking spaces are available. Vocalists requiring a special accommodation should call (201) 886-0561 at least two weeks before the audition.


The 2015 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 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

verismonjvoFor 26 years, the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera (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.

The organization provides performing opportunities for young musicians and artists through its semi-annual productions at the Bergen Performing Arts Center 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 about the nonprofit, tax-exempt organization, visit Verismo Opera's web site, or follow the company on Facebook,, or Twitter @NJVerismoOpera; or call (201) 886-0561.

Photo Credit: Marilyn Monsanto


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