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Deadline for Open Auditions for Verismo Opera Soloists Next Monday

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The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera invites soloists in all vocal categories to submit their applications now to audition for the company's 2014-2015 season. The audition deadline is next Monday, June 16 and an appointment is required.

Open auditions will be held from Monday, June 23-Friday, June 27 for solo roles in the company’s new productions of Giacomo Puccini's La Bohème, Georges Bizet's Carmen, and Gaetano Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor. Audition appointments will be scheduled from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at The Performing Arts School of the Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), located at 1 Depot Square, in Englewood, New Jersey.

Verismo Opera, the house opera company of bergenPAC, continues its 25th anniversary season, Vive la France, with performances of La Bohème on October 19 and 26, 2014, Carmen on April 26, 2015, and Lucia di Lammermoor on October 18, 2015. All of the productions will begin at 3:00 p.m. at bergenPAC.

Verismo Opera will perform 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; Maestro Anthony Morss; and Associate Conductor/Chorus Director Mara Waldman. Professional photos and a DVD of the production will be available to use for future engagements and performances.

Auditions: For La Bohème, open auditions will be held for the roles of Rodolfo, Marcello, Colline, Benoît, Alcindoro, Parpignol, and a customs Sergeant. Vocalists are also invited to apply to audition for all roles in Carmen and Lord Enrico Ashton, Sir Edgardo di Ravenswood, Lord Arturo Bucklaw, Raimondo Bidebent, Alisa, and Normanno in Lucia di Lammermoor.
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 201-886-0561or send an e-mail to info@verismopera.org.

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 info@verismopera.org. A refundable $25 deposit must be submitted with all applications. Checks should be made out to Verismo Opera.

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.

For more information about the nonprofit, tax-exempt organization, visit Verismo Opera's web site, www.verismopera.org; or call (201) 886-0561.

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