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New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera to Hold Auditions for Rigoletto and Aida

May 31, 2016

Aida 2011 Production DSC_1347c(Fort Lee, New Jersey and New York City, New York; May 25, 2016) – New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera’s Artistic Director Lucine Amara invites soloists in all vocal categories to audition for roles in the professional opera company’s 2016-2017 productions.  New Jersey residents are encouraged to apply.

Solo roles are available in Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto and Aida.  Open auditions will be held on Sunday, June 12, 2016 from 2:00 pm to 8:00 p.m. at Megremis Studio in the Epic Building located at 2067 Broadway in New York City.  Verismo Opera, the house opera company of the Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood, New Jersey, presents Rigoletto on Sunday, October 23, 2016 and Aida on Sunday, April 23, 2017 both at 3:00 p.m. at bergenPAC.

Verismo Opera will perform these grand operas fully staged with a live orchestra and chorus.  “Verismo Opera welcomes amateur, professional and retired vocalists of all ages to audition.  It’s all about great singing!  Many roles require a more mature artist.  This is also a great opportunity for any promising, young artist to prepare for a role in a professional setting before being engaged by a major opera company,” said Ms. Amara.


Auditions will be held for these roles in Rigoletto:  Rigoletto, Count Ceprano, Monterone, Marullo, a Page and a Herald.  Vocalists are invited to apply to audition for the following roles in Aida: Ramphis, the King of Egypt, and a messenger.

All applicants must have previous experience in a fully staged production and the necessary vocal training to perform leading or supporting roles.  The application deadline to audition is June 8, 2016.  Although an accompanist will be provided, applicants may bring his or her own.  For an audition appointment, call 201-886-0561or 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, by the application deadline to Verismo Opera Inc., P.O. Box 3024, Fort Lee, New Jersey 07024-9024 or to  Vocalists should prepare to perform three arias of which one must be from Rigoletto or Aida or an opera with a similar song.

A refundable $25 deposit must be submitted with all applications to secure an audition time.  The deposit will be refunded at the audition time.  Checks should be made out to Verismo Opera.

The selected vocalists will receive free coaching from professionals in the field, including Artistic Director Lucine Amara, a Met Opera legend, and General Manager/Stage Director Evelyn La Quaif.  Professional photos and a DVD of the production will be available to use for future engagements and performances.

About New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera

For 27 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,; follow the company on Facebook,, or Twitter @NJVerismoOpera; or call (201) 886-0561.

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