The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera’s Artistic Director, Lucine Amara, announces the Verismo Opera Chorus holds open auditions for singers in August and September. Professional, amateur, and retired male and female singers may apply.

New Location for Auditions

Auditions take place at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, located at 840 Soldier Hill Road in Emerson, New Jersey.  The first audition is Wednesday, August 22, followed by August 29.  The last audition takes place on September 5 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. For all auditions, singers must make an appointment in advance by contacting (201) 886-0561 or info@verismopera.org. In addition, applicants complete and submit an application.  Download an application here.

The Verismo Opera Chorus performs in the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera’s new production of Vincenzo Bellini’s Norma on October 28, 2018. The company presents this dramatic work at 3 p.m. at the Bergen Performing Arts Center, located at 30 North Van Brunt Street, in Englewood, New Jersey.

Under the direction of Associate Conductor/Chorus Director Michael Wittenburg, the Verismo Opera Chorus performs live singing in Italian. Preparation includes instruction in the pronunciation of the text in Italian, vocal warm-ups, learning and memorizing the words and music and following detailed staging. Moreover, the opera is fully staged.  Notably, the cast performs in costume accompanied by an orchestra led by Principal Conductor/Music Director Maestra Lucy Arner.

Auditions are held at various locations in Bergen County, New Jersey. Singers perform in full costume in the company's productions at the Bergen Performing Arts Center.

Singers attend auditions to perform in the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera Chorus. They appear in full costume in the company’s productions held at the Bergen Performing Arts Center.

Audition Process

Male singers, representing all vocal ranges and ages, are especially needed. Adult applicants require a rudimentary working ability to read music and experience singing. Teenagers, ages 17 to 19, may also audition for the Verismo Opera Chorus and 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. Applicants with these skills and experiences receive preference.

The audition process covers several areas.  During the audition, a pitch matching and range exercise assesses each singer’s appropriate placement within the chorus. Furthermore, applicants may bring a short song to perform for the audition. Vocalists accepted to the Verismo Opera Chorus stay for the rehearsal that evening as a trial basis. Singers invited to join the chorus pay a nominal fee of $60.  This fee assists to cover costs for the production’s musical score, costumes, and related expenses.

Accessible Site

The audition site is handicapped accessible and designated handicapped parking is available in the parking lot. In addition, restrooms are available for wheelchair access. The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera commits to ensure its programs and services are accessible. Vocalists requiring a special accommodation or with specific questions about the physical features of a facility where Verismo Opera performs may call (201) 886-0561 at least two weeks prior to the audition.