The NJ Association of Verismo Opera is implementing the Keeping the Arts Accessible initiative to introduce children to grand opera, to allow families to attend, and to keep art forms such as opera available and affordable to people. “We want to introduce children to this art form and give extended families, senior citizens, and individuals the opportunity to experience the thrill of seeing grand, verismo opera performed as the composers intended. Our goal is to make opera performances and productions accessible and affordable to more people with this initiative,” said Lucine Amara, Artistic Director, Verismo Opera.
Two special discount ticket offers are available only six days in March and April to see on April 21 Verismo Opera’s premiere of Giacomo Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and the company’s new production of Ruggero Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci at 3:00 p.m. at the Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC) located at 30 North Van Brunt Street in Englewood, New Jersey.
Verismo Opera continues its tradition of introducing and educating youngsters about the joy of fine music. The company has established a reduced ticket rate of $10 for children, ages 12 and under, to see Gianni Schicchi and I Pagliacci. The company is offering a special ticket rate for senior citizens now through April 21, 2013 to see the productions of Gianni Schicchi and I Pagliacci. Senior citizens, ages 65 and over, purchasing regular-priced tickets on non-sale dates are entitled to a 10% discount. For further information about the special discounted children’s or senior discount tickets, call (201) 227-1030 or toll free 1-888-PACSHOW.
Group discounts are available on $55 and $45 tickets only with a minimum purchase of ten tickets. Call Verismo Opera at 201-224-2809 for further information about the group discount rate. This rate is not available online.
Regularly priced tickets may be purchased at any time online at www.bergenpac.org, through the bergenPAC box office, and by calling (201) 227-1030 or toll-free at 1-888-PACSHOW.
The 2013 season is made possible, in part, with funds provided by the New Jersey Council on the Arts/Department of State, through grand funds administered by the Bergen
County Department of Parks, Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs. Other supporters include the Mary Casella Briggs Memorial Fund, The Gerda Lissner Foundation, Inc., Vanguard Charitable Endowment Fund, Children’s Aid Foundation, Paul Weiss Matching Fund, Robert J. Campbell, MD and Cesare L. Santeramo, KSJ.
The NJ Association of Verismo Opera has been a part of the New Jersey music scene since 1989. The opera company, a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization, is the only professional opera company in Bergen County. Under Artistic Director and Met Opera luminary Lucine Amara, the organization provides performing opportunities for young musicians and artists and sponsors an annual vocal competition held in November with finals generally conducted at The Liederkrantz Foundation, drawing artists from all over the United States, Canada, and Europe. The company also organizes opera workshops and offers affordable, highly professional operatic productions in the community.
Verismo Opera is recognized for providing up and coming performing artists with the training to attain a successful operatic career. Several singers, notably Richard Hobson, Frank Poretta, Emmanuel di Villarosa, James Valenti and Irina Rindzuner of the Metropolitan Opera, started their road to success by performing in its productions.