The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera announces the company has received a grant award from the Bergen County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs. The competitive application process opens to Bergen County, New Jersey based non-profits presenting arts programming to the public for at least two years. Furthermore, the grant program emphasizes artistic excellence in several areas, including programming, community outreach, and ADA accessibility.
Grant for Concert Series
The opera company plans to use the grant award to expand its concert series in the area. Verismo Opera presents concerts to community-based organizations’ constituents throughout Bergen County. The expanded community concert series brings professional performers and provides performances for a range of audiences.
Concerts are performed for people with developmental, physical and mental health challenges. Verismo Opera also performs concerts for veterans at area nonprofits. In addition, the concert series introduces opera to seniors, youngsters and families. The company’s singers perform in libraries, senior citizen facilities, and other venues. Verismo Opera 2019 series offers several concerts free-of-charge to the public.
In 2015, Verismo Opera’s Artistic Director, Lucine Amara, was recognized with the Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Division of Cultural & Historic Affairs’ first Artistic Excellence Award at the Bergen County, New Jersey Awards Ceremony. The award recognized Ms. Amara for her contributions to the opera world and over 70 years performing throughout the world.
For 30 years, the opera company has been an integral part of the region’s classical music culture. Led by Metropolitan Opera luminary Lucine Amara, Verismo Opera provides performing opportunities for artists and presents concerts. The company also directs an international vocal competition, drawing artists worldwide. In addition, Verismo Opera organizes opera workshops and master classes.