Date: Saturday, January 10

Time:  2:00 p.m.

Location:  44 Armory Street in Englewood, New Jersey

Open to the Public

Free of charge

Artistic Director Lucine Amara invites the public to attend a program featuring vocalists performing solos from Verismo Opera’s 2015 season and past productions.  Opportunities will be discussed to get involved in the nonprofit opera company as supernumeraries acting in non-speaking and non-singing roles, volunteers working behind-the-scenes, and singers performing in the Verismo Opera Chorus.

Exhibits will display memorabilia, costumes, and photos from Verismo Opera’s 26 years producing grand operas, sponsoring an annual international vocal competition, and presenting concerts.  Other images will show the company presenting master classes, giving operalogues, and training the stars of tomorrow.

Silent Auction

To continue the grand opera company’s work, a silent auction will feature a range of fine items available for purchase.  Among the products available to bid upon will be opera CDs and records; ivory, alabaster collectible opera plates by Italian master Franco Ingargiola; prints; and several other fine items.

Artistic Director Lucine Amara, Verismo Opera Music Director/Principal Conductor Anthony Morss, General Manager/Stage Director Evelyn La Quaif, Associate Conductor/Chorus Director Mara Waldman, and President Dr. James Garvin, MD will discuss Verismo Opera’s mission, vision, and history.  They will introduce the grand opera company’s new productions of George Bizet’s Carmen and Gaetano Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor.

The 2015 season will open with Carmen on Sunday, April 26, 2015 and continue with Lucia di Lammermoor on October 18.  Both productions will be performed at the Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), located at 30 North Van Brunt Street in Englewood, New Jersey, at 3:00 p.m.

The Open House site is handicapped accessible.  A parking lot has a designated handicapped parking space.  The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera is committed to ensuring its programs and services are accessible to all.  Members of the public requiring a special accommodation or with specific questions about the physical features of a facility where Verismo Opera performs may call (201) 886-0561 at least two weeks prior to the event.

For further information about the program or Verismo Opera, call (201) 886-0561 or send an e-mail to info@verismopera.org.