The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera’s 26th season is replete with the grandeur of classic opera.  The house opera company of the Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC) presents Georges Bizet’s scintillating Carmen on Sunday, April 26, 2015 and Gaetano Donizetti’s tragic melodrama Lucia di Lammermoor on Sunday, October 18, 2015.  Both operas begin at 3 p.m. at bergenPAC, located at 30 North Van Brunt Street, in Englewood, New Jersey.

Artistic Director Lucine Amara invites people of all ages — young and old, opera fans and newcomers to see Verismo Opera’s grand productions.

The entire family will want to come and experience these classic operas live in a theatre!

Set in Seville, Spain, Verismo Opera presents the dramatic opera Carmen, featuring the audacious gypsy, Carmen, as she seduces Don Jose, who foolishly throws aside his honor and betrothed, Micaela, to lust after the gypsy siren.  Bizet’s immortal opera with its familiar arias is seductive, unfolding with emotions of lust, jealousy, despair, wild passions, and the desperate courage of Micaela.

The dark, romantic tale of family honor, betrayal and madness in Lucia di Lammermoor returns to bergenPAC.  See Lucia’s chilling, blood-spattered reappearance at the wedding reception, one of the most iconic scenes in opera.  This powerful, dramatic classic is the gleaming jewel in opera’s bel canto crown.

The operas will be fully staged with a cast under the direction of General Manager Evelyn La Quaif and presented with a live orchestra led by internationally renowned Principal Conductor and Music Director Anthony Morss.  Drawing vocalists from the New York and New Jersey region, the Verismo Opera Chorus and Verismo Opera Children’s Chorus under Chorus Director and Associate Conductor Mara Waldman will sing in French in Carmen.  The Verismo Opera Chorus returns in October to sing in Italian in Lucia di Lammermoor.

Purchase your tickets now!  Tickets may be purchased online; in person at bergenPAC‘s box office, located at 30 North Van Brunt Street, in Englewood, New Jersey; or by calling 201-227-1030 or toll-free at 1-888-PACSHOW.

bergenPAC is handicapped accessible.  Designated handicapped parking spaces are available.  Patrons requiring a special accommodation should call (201) 886-0561 at least two weeks before each production.

For further information about Verismo Opera, contact info@verismopera.org.