Verismo Opera announces bass Richard Bernstein will appear courtesy of the Metropolitan Opera as Sparafucile in the company’s new production, Rigoletto, at the Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood, New Jersey on October 23, 2016. The performance begins at 3:00 p.m.

Metropolitan Opera Member

A Metropolitan Opera company member since his debut in 1995, Mr. Bernstein has appeared with the MET in 355 performances and over 110 international live

Mr. Richard Bernstein appears courtesy of the Metropolitan Opera in Verismo Opera's production of Rigoletto.

Bass Richard Bernstein appears courtesy of the Metropolitan Opera in Verismo Opera’s 2016 production of Rigoletto.

broadcasts to date, as well as sung leading roles with companies throughout the United States and around the world. While at the Metropolitan Opera, he has performed and covered a diverse range of repertoire from classic operas to contemporary works, in languages as varied as Czech, French, German, Italian, Sanskrit, Russian, and English. This repertoire includes roles in Faust, Satyagraha, Das Rheingold, Siegfried, La bohème, Simon Boccanegra, Die Zauberflöte, Tosca, Hamlet, From the House of the Dead, Armida, Ariadne auf Naxos, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Ernani, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, War and Peace, Macbeth, A View From the Bridge, and Wozzeck.

Wes Blomster with the Daily Camera said Bernstein was “one of America’s most versatile and gifted bass-baritones, Richard Bernstein… As the black-clad and black-hearted confessor Raimondo, he, Bible in hand, makes the corruption of the church palpable. And he does this with a composed reserve that moves the figure beyond caricature.”


Tickets may be purchased online at the bergenPAC’s box office and by calling (201) 227-1030 or toll-free at 1-888-PACSHOW. The box office is located at 30 North Van Brunt Street in Englewood, New Jersey.

This season, the company is providing several special ticket rates for senior citizens, children, and groups. Senior citizens receive a 10% discount. The company is offering a reduced rate of $10 on all tickets for children, ages 12 and under. These special senior citizen and children’s discount ticket rates are available through October 23 at the box office only and must be requested before the purchase. Special ticket rates may not be combined with others.

Group discounts are available on $55 and $45 tickets only with a minimum purchase of 10 tickets. For special group rates only, contact Ms. Hawks at riagrace[at], (917) 821-8476, or (201) 816-9520. This discount is not available online.

Verismo Opera is committed to ensuring its programs and services are accessible to all. bergenPAC is handicapped accessible, with street parking available in front of the theatre and designated handicapped parking spaces. Hearing assist systems may be picked up in the theatre upon request to the house manager in the lobby.

The 2016 season is made possible, in part, with funds provided by the New Jersey Council on the Arts/Department of State, through grant funds administered by the Bergen County Department of Parks, Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs. Other supporters include Children’s Aid Foundation, Robert J. Campbell, MD, Cesare L. Santeramo, KSJ, Paul Weiss Matching Fund, The Gerda Lissner Foundation, Inc., and Vanguard Charitable Endowment Fund

For further information about the opera or Verismo Opera, call (201) 886-0561 or send an e-mail to