This Sunday, October 20, Bergen County’s only grand opera company, the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera (Verismo Opera), pays tribute in its 24th season to the Year of Italian Culture in the United States with the double bill of Giacomo Puccini’s sentimental tragedy Suor Angelica (Sister Angelica) and Pietro Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana (Rustic Chivalry). Under Artistic Director Lucine Amara, one of the Metropolitan Opera’s luminary performers, the company presents each opera with a full cast on Sunday, October 20, 3:00 p.m., at the Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), 30 North Van Brunt Street, in Englewood, New Jersey. The bergenPAC is handicapped accessible.
In Suor Angelica, directed by General Manger/Canadian soprano Evelyn La Quaif, a heroine’s tragic plight harrows the emotions as hauntingly as Puccini’s other great work, Madama Butterfly. Then, four people’s roller-coaster lives unravel in the one-act melodrama of rustic chivalry, Cavalleria Rusticana, directed by Giovanni Simone of Fort Lee. Love, adultery, jealousy, and bitterness unfold with honor and revenge on Easter in a Sicilian village, ultimately leading to death.
Both operas will be presented with the cast in costumes created by Catherine Mirabella of Hillsdale and Barbara Konig from Dumont, a live orchestra under Maestro Anthony Morss, and the Verismo Opera Chorus, drawing singers throughout Bergen County, directed by Mara Waldman. Sung in Italian with English supertitles, Gioachino Forzano’s libretto of Suor Angelica and Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti’s and Giudo Menasci’s libretto of Cavalleria Rusticana will be performed with traditional staging and sets.
Verismo Opera is providing the public with a special 30% off on $55 and $45 tickets only on October 10, 11 and 12 (Code CS3). Discount ticket rates for senior citizens, ages 65 and over, and children, ages 12 and under accompanied by a ticket-holding adult, are available now through October 20 to see Suor Angelica and Cavalleria Rusticana. Senior citizens, ages 65 and over, purchasing regular-priced tickets on non-sale dates are entitled to a 10% discount. Tickets may be purchased online at www.verismopera.org, at the bergenPAC box office, and by calling (201) 227-1030 or toll-free at 1-888-PACSHOW.
For special rates for group discounts available only on $55 and $45 tickets with a purchase of a minimum of 50 tickets, call (201) 224-2809. This rate is not available online.