The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera has been nominated for a second time in the category Favorite Opera Company in the 2017 People’s Choice Awards. The ninth annual awards program run by Discover Jersey Arts recognizes the work of New Jersey’s vital, vibrant and diverse arts organizations. Art enthusiasts are invited to vote for their favorite local New Jersey arts organizations.

Verismo Opera is nominated for a second time for a People's Choice Award.

Lucine Amara announces Verismo Opera is nominated for a 2017 People’s Choice Award.

“The People’s Choice Award is a great honor, and we are incredibly grateful the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera has been nominated. We hope new opera lovers will join us during 2017 and support us by voting in this year’s Awards. Winning the award would give the company a distinctive place in the greater New Jersey cultural art scene,” said Artistic Director Lucine Amara. People’s Choice Awards

The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera and other contenders in the 2017 People’s Choice Awards were nominated by their peers through the Jersey Arts Marketers network, which is comprised of hundreds of nonprofit arts organizations across the Garden State. A record-breaking number of nomination ballots were cast and now 11 arts districts and nearly 100 organizations will compete in 16 categories, including favorite performing arts center, dance company, art gallery, choral group and more.

“It’s great to see so many nominations come in from organizations all over the state,” said Nick Paleologos, Executive Director of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, “allowing groups large and small to be acknowledged for the wonderful work they are doing.”

Adam Perle, President & CEO of ArtPride New Jersey, which cosponsors the Discover jersey Arts program with the Council, agreed, saying: “The quality of art we have in New Jersey is increasing thanks to our rich and vibrant cultural community working together to build each other up.”

Public voting began January 5 and continues through February 16, 2017. Winners will be announced and honored in March at the New Jersey Conference on Tourism in Atlantic City.

For a full list of nominees and categories, visit Discover Jersey Arts.