Artistic Director Lucine Amara announces vocalists accepted to the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera’s 29th Annual International Vocal Competition may attend free master classes.  The competition, open to vocalists of all ages worldwide, offers a free master class to all applicants accepted to sing in the preliminary auditions. Finalists selected to perform in the vocal competition attend three four-hour free master classes.

Free Master Classes

Vocalists receive professional instruction from operatic leaders in the field. Ms. Amara, a Metropolitan Opera legend, and Verismo Opera’s Stage Director/General Manager, Canadian soprano Evelyn La Quaif, present the free master classes.  These experts provide the artists with direction on deportment, language, style and presentation at auditions.

“Vocal competitions give singers the opportunity to experience performing at the highest level of intensity. The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera’s annual vocal competition’s free master classes offer singers a deeper knowledge of their art from professionals in the business,” said Amara, who performed at the Metropolitan Opera for 41 years with opera houses and symphonies throughout the world.

Singers accepted to the vocal competition may attend a free master class.

Lucine Amara teaches singers in a free class. Photo Credit: Marilyn Monsanto

All master classes take place at Yeoryia Studios, located at the Epic Security Building, 2067 Broadway in New York, New York in the United States. Verismo Opera, the house opera company of the Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), plans to announce in the fall the dates of the free master classes for participants in the preliminary auditions.  Master classes for finalists only take place on November 18, 25, and December 2, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

 New Competition Location

This year, the preliminary and final auditions take place at a new venue, Nola Rehearsal Studios, located at 250 West 54th Street, 11th Floor-Studio B (between Broadway and 8th Avenue) in New York City. This year, the preliminary auditions are on Wednesday, November 1; Saturday, November 4; Monday, November 6; and Wednesday, November 8 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The final auditions follow on December 11 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

At the preliminary auditions, a luminary panel of judges officiates.  The judges are Metropolitan Opera legend Lucine Amara; Maestra Lucy Arner, Music Director/Principal Conductor, New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera; and Evelyn La Quaif, General Manager and Stage Director, New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera. Upon request, the judges’ comments are sent to all preliminary participants and finalists. A professional accompanist is provided to all vocalists participating in the preliminary and final auditions.

Application and Deadlines

Complete information about the vocal competition is available on Verismo Opera’s vocal competition page. An application form may be downloaded here.

The early bird registration deadline is July 31, 2017.   The final application deadline is October 31, 2017.  In effect through July 31, 2017, the early bird registration fee is $55.  Afterward, the fee changes to $75 on August 1, 2017.  Applicants accepted into the competition are notified.

For further information, contact or call (201) 886-0561.