Artistic Director Lucine Amara announces applications are being accepted for the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera’s 27th Annual International Vocal Competition. Vocalists of all ages are invited to apply to the Verismo Opera Vocal competition.


Preliminary auditions will take place from November 1-14, 2015 at the Bergen Performing Arts Center’s (bergenPAC) Drapkin Cabaret & Lounge. bergenPAC is located at 30 North Van Brunt Street in Englewood, New Jersey. The opera vocal competition’s application deadline is October 31, 2015. Final auditions will be held at the beginning of 2016.

The early bird registration fee, $55, is in effect through July 31, 2015. On August 1, 2015, the fee increases to $75 to apply to the vocal competition.

This year, a free master class will be offered to applicants accepted to sing in the preliminary auditions in the opera vocal competition.  A professional accompanist will be provided at the international vocal competition’s preliminary and final auditions. Finalists will receive feedback and extensive free coaching on language, style and presentation.

They will also be given an opportunity to perform in Verismo Opera’s fully staged upcoming productions.  Verismo Opera’s 26th Annual International Vocal Competition first prize winner, José Heredia, originally from the Dominican Republic, performed the role of Don Jose in Verismo Opera’s production of Carmen on April 26, 2015 at bergenPAC.  Last year, Young Joo An, the 2013 Verismo Opera Vocal Competition second prize winner, debuted with the company as Marcello in La Bohème.

Vocal competition winners will receive cash awards totaling $3,500. The first prize winner will receive $2,000 followed by $1,000 for second prize and $500 for third prize.


All applicants are required to complete an application and send a resume, bio and a MP3 file or a CD containing at least three arias to the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera Vocal Competition.  Also, the application should include an 8 x 10 black and white photo and the application fee. Applicants will be notified if they are accepted into the vocal competition.

For further information or to request an application, contact or call (201) 886-0561.