The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera, the house opera company of the Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), invites singers to audition for the Verismo Opera Chorus. Artistic Director Lucine Amara announces professional, amateur, and retired male and female singers may audition for the Verismo Opera Chorus.
The auditions occur on Wednesdays, August 23 and 30 followed by appointments on September 13 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. They take place at 44 Armory Street in Englewood, New Jersey. Singers, sign up in advance for a mandatory appointment. To schedule an appointment, call (201) 886-0561 or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
During the company’s 2017-2018 season, choristers perform in the company’s productions of Giacomo Puccini’s dramatic works, Tosca, on October 15, 2017 and Turandot on April 22, 2018. Verismo Opera presents both operas at 3 p.m. at bergenPAC, located at 30 North Van Brunt Street, in Englewood, New Jersey.
Vocalists perform live and sing in Italian. “The chorus is for anyone interested in singing, as well as being involved with a massively immersive theater experience. You not only get to act; you are encouraged to do so! This is a great way to get on stage with other people with similar interests,” said Associate Conductor/Chorus Director Michael Wittenburg.
Preparation includes instruction in the pronunciation of the text in Italian, vocal warm-ups, and learning the music, as well as detailed staging. Consistent with the company’s mission, Verismo Opera presents fully staged productions. Cast appear in costume accompanied by an orchestra led by the company’s Principal Conductor/Music Director, Maestra Lucy Arner.
The company especially needs male singers, representing all vocal ranges and ages. Adult applicants should have a rudimentary working ability to read music and experience singing. Also, teenagers, ages 17 to 19, may audition for the Verismo Opera Chorus. They must read music and have some prior vocal experience singing with a school, choir, or another performing group or organization. Previous stage experience and foreign language study are desirable, but are not a necessity.
The audition consists of singing five note scales. During the audition process, Verismo Opera determines each singer’s range and vocal category. Furthermore, applicants do not need to bring a song or music to the audition.
The audition site is accessible. Designated handicapped parking is available in the adjacent lot. The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera is committed to ensuring its programs and services are accessible. For further assistance, vocalists requiring a special accommodation or with specific questions about the physical features of a facility where Verismo Opera performs call (201) 886-0561 at least two weeks prior to the audition.