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Thursday, September 6, 2018

Audition: Verismo Opera chorus

– The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera announces new dates have been added to audition for the Verismo Opera Chorus.  The company is also casting supernumeraries to appear in Vincenzo Bellini's Norma.
Auditions for Verismo Opera Chorus
            Professional, amateur, and retired male and female singers are invited to apply and join this growing chorus.  Auditions will be held for singers on Saturdays, September 8, 15, and 22 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and on Wednesdays, September 12 and 19 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.  All auditions take place at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, 357 North Farview Avenue in Paramus, New Jersey.          Male singers, representing all vocal ranges and ages, are especially needed.  Adult applicants require a rudimentary working ability to read music and experience singing.  Teenagers, ages 17 to 19, may also audition for the Verismo Opera Chorus and must read music and have some prior vocal experience singing with a school, choir, or another performing group or organization.  Previous stage experience and foreign language study are desirable, but are not a necessity.  Preference is given to applicants with these skills and experiences. 
            During the audition process, a pitch matching and range exercise assesses each singer's appropriate placement within the chorus.  Applicants may bring a short song to perform for the audition.  Vocalists accepted to the Verismo Opera Chorus stay for the rehearsal as a trial basis.  Singers invited to join the chorus pay a nominal fee of $60 to cover costs for the production's musical score, costumes, and related expenses.  
            For all auditions, singers must make an appointment in advance by contacting (201) 886-0561 or info@verismopera.org.  Applicants complete and submit an application located athttp://verismopera.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Verismo-Opera-Chorus-Application.pdf.

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