Vote for the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera as Favorite Opera Company in the 2019 People’s Choice Awards. The annual awards program, overseen by Discover Jersey Arts, observes its eleventh year honoring the work of New Jersey’s vibrant and diverse arts organizations. People’s Choice Awards

Art enthusiasts complete and cast their votes easily online. Furthermore, voters are not limited to New Jersey. Patrons may also reside anywhere in the universe and vote for their favorite arts organizations.

“The People’s Choice Award is a great honor. We are incredibly grateful to be nominated again this year,” stated Lucine Amara, Artistic Director of the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera.

“We encourage opera and arts patrons to support Verismo Opera.  Also, vote for other arts organizations throughout the state in the 2019 awards competition. Furthermore, winning the award would give the company a distinctive place in the greater New Jersey cultural art scene,” explained Amara.

Artistic Director Lucine Amara invites patrons to vote for Verismo Opera in the People's Choice Awards.

Lucine Amara asks opera fans to vote for Verismo Opera as Favorite Opera Company in the People’s Choice Awards.

The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera also joins other contenders in the 2019 People’s Choice Awards.  Their peers nominated them through the Jersey Arts Marketers network. Several hundred arts organizations all over the state comprise this extensive network. This year, 11 arts districts and 104 organizations compete in 19 categories. These categories include favorite opera company, music festival, art gallery, small theatre, and ballet company among others.

“The arts scene in New Jersey is reliably exciting and diverse,” said Allison Tratner, Executive Director of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. “The thousands of passionate and loyal arts lovers who cast their votes each year is further proof there is truly something special for everyone.”

Vote Online

Public voting began January 9 and runs through February 20, 2019. This year, art patrons once again vote online for their favorite cultural institutions at Last year, they cast more than 18,000 ballots.

“We are incredibly lucky to have such an innovative and inspiring cultural community in New Jersey,” said Adam Perle, President & CEO of ArtPride New Jersey, co-sponsor of the Discover Jersey Arts program with the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. “The People’s Choice Awards showcases extraordinary artistic endeavors across the state and allows art enthusiasts to select their favorites. In the end, we are all winners, when we embrace the robust opportunities presented by New Jersey’s arts organizations.”

For a full list of nominees and categories, visit