Singers are invited to submit an application to perform with the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera Chorus.  Artistic Director Lucine Amara announces professional, amateur, and retired male and female singers may audition for the Verismo Opera Chorus.

Audition Dates: Wednesdays on February 1, 8, 15, and 22

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Audition Location:  44 Armory Street in Englewood, New Jersey

Audition Requirements

Male singers, 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.

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

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

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. 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.  An application may be downloaded.

Schedule an Appointment

An appointment is required and must be made in advance. To schedule an audition appointment, call (201) 886-0561 or contact info@verismopera.org.

This year, choristers will perform in the company’s production of Giuseppe Verdi’s epic work, Aida, led by Chorus Director Michael Wittenburg on April 23, 2017. The opera will be presented at 3 p.m. at bergenPAC, located at 30 North Van Brunt Street, in Englewood, New Jersey.

Vocalists will sing in Italian and perform live at bergenPAC. Preparation includes instruction in the pronunciation of the text in Italian, vocal warm-ups, learning the music and detailed staging.  The opera will be fully staged and performed in costume under the direction of Stage Director Evelyn La Quaif, accompanied by an orchestra under the baton of  Principal Conductor/Music Director, Maestra Lucy Arner.

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