Singers Invited to Audition for Chorus

Singers are invited to audition for the Verismo Opera Chorus. Professional, amateur, and retired male and female singers may audition on Wednesdays, January 25 and February 1, 8, 15, and 22, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. Auditions will also be held on Saturday, January 14 at the organization’s annual Open House after the program. Vocalists are invited to learn more about the grand opera company’s 28th season and attend the Open House at 2:00 p.m.

The auditions and the Open House will take place at 44 Armory Street in Englewood, New Jersey. For all auditions, an appointment is required and must be made in advance. To schedule an audition appointment, call (201) 886-0561 or contact

Verismo Opera presents the grand opera AIDA. Photo Credit: Marilyn Monsanto

Verismo Opera presents Giuseppe Verdi’s AIDA. Photo Credit: Marilyn Monsanto

During 2017, choristers will sing in Italian and perform in the company’s new production of Giuseppe Verdi’s epic masterpiece,  Aida, on April 23 under the company’s new Chorus Director, Michael Wittenburg. Verismo Opera, the house opera company of the Bergen Performing Arts Center, will present Aida at 3 p.m. at the theatre, located at 30 North Van Brunt Street, in Englewood, New Jersey.  The opera will be fully staged and performed with the cast in costume under the direction of Stage Director Evelyn La Quaif. A live orchestra will accompany this resplendent opera led by Principal Conductor and Music Director Lucy Arner.

Chorus Audition Requirements

Male choristers, representing all vocal ranges and ages, are especially needed. Adult applicants should have a rudimentary working ability to read music and experience singing. Teenagers, ages 17 to 19, may also audition for the Verismo Opera Chorus, and 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. Applicants who have these skills and experiences will be given preference.

The audition consists of singing five note scales. During the audition process, each singer’s range and vocal category will be determined. Applicants do not need to bring a song or music to the audition. Preparation for the Verismo Opera includes instruction in the pronunciation of the text in Italian, vocal warm-ups, learning the music and detailed staging.


An application may be downloaded. For information or to schedule an appointment to audition for the chorus, call (201) 886-0561 or contact


The audition site is handicapped accessible and designated handicapped parking is available in the adjacent lot. The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera is committed to ensuring that 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.