Singers Invited to Audition for Verismo Opera Chorus in Bellini’s Norma

The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera invites singers to apply to open auditions for the Verismo Opera Chorus.  Professional, amateur, and retired male and female singers may submit an application now.

The auditions occur on Wednesdays, August 22 and 29 and September 5 in 2018 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Auditions and rehearsals take place at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints located at 840 Soldier Hill Road in Emerson, New Jersey.   The company asks singers to sign up in advance for a mandatory appointment. Furthermore, to schedule an appointment, call (201) 886-0561 or contact info@verismopera.org.

During 2018, choristers perform in Vincenzo Bellini’s Norma on October 28, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.  Verismo Opera, the house opera company of the Bergen Performing Arts Center.  The company performs this dramatic work 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 and sings in Italian.  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.  Notably, cast appear in costume accompanied by a live orchestra.  The company’s Principal Conductor/Music Director, Maestra Lucy Arner leads the orchestra.

Application & Requirements

Follow these procedures.  First, complete and submit an application.  Download an application here.  Second, schedule a mandatory appointment before the audition.  Call (201) 886-0561 or contact info@verismopera.org.

Note, these important regulations. First, applicants require a basic ability to read music and sing. The company especially needs male singers from all vocal ranges and ages.  Teenagers, ages 17 to 19, may also audition for the Verismo Opera Chorus. Furthermore, they must read music and have prior vocal experience singing with a school, choir, or another performing group organization. Previous stage experience and foreign language study are desirable; however, they 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. Applicants may bring a short song or aria to sing. Furthermore, applicants may bring a short song to perform at the audition.  Previous stage experience and foreign language study are desirable, but they are not a necessity. Male singers are especially needed. Singers invited to join the chorus pay a nominal fee of $60.  This fee covers costs for the production’s musical score, costumes, and related expenses.

Accessible Site

The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera ensures its programs and services are accessible. Given that, the audition site is accessible. Designated handicapped parking is available in the site’s lot. For further assistance,  call (201) 886-0561 at least two weeks prior to the audition.

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