Lucine Amara, Artistic Director of the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera (Verismo Opera), has announced open auditions for the Verismo Opera Chorus will be held on Wednesdays, September 10 and 17 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at 44 Armory Street in Englewood, New Jersey.
Male and female vocalists -- amateur, professional, and retired are invited to audition and learn more about the opportunity to sing in the Verismo Opera Chorus. Male singers, representing all vocal ranges and ages, are especially needed.
During the company’s 25th anniversary season, Vive la France, choristers will perform in the company’s production of Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème on Sunday, October 19 and 26, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at the Bergen Performing Arts Center, located at 30 North Van Brunt Street, in Englewood, New Jersey. Applicants interested in learning more about Verismo Opera, the 2014-2015 season, and the Verismo Opera Chorus are invited to attend the organization's Open House on Saturday, September 6 at 1:00 p.m. at 44 Armory Street in Englewood.
"Many of the great singers such as Sutherland and Caruso started their careers in an opera chorus, including myself. Singing in a chorus gives the vocalist a chance to be on a professional stage, helps get rid of nerves, and work with some of the top pros. A great chorus is the life blood of every opera,” said Amara.
Under Chorus Director and Associate Conductor Mara Waldman, singers will explore grand opera through live performances. The opera will be fully staged, with the cast performing in costume accompanied by an orchestra under internationally renowned Principal Conductor and Music Director Anthony Morss.
Applicants should have a working ability to read music and experience singing. The audition consists of singing five note scales. During the audition process, each singer's range and vocal category will be determined by Chorus Director Waldman. Applicants do not need to bring a song or music to the audition.
Download an application at http://verismopera.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/chorus.pdf or send a request to firstname.lastname@example.org. For information or to schedule an appointment to audition for the chorus, call (201) 886-0561.
The audition site is handicapped accessible. Designated handicapped parking is available. Vocalists requiring a special accommodation should call (201) 886-0561 at least two weeks before the audition.
The 2014 season is made possible, in part, with funds provided by the New Jersey Council on the Arts/Department of State, through grant 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.
For 25 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, www.verismopera.org; or call (201) 886-0561.