The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera’s 28th season kicked off at the grand opera company’s annual Open House. Artistic Director Lucine Amara, a Metropolitan Opera luminary, invites opera enthusiasts and newcomers and people passionate about art and culture to experience the magic of opera and the theatre. Several volunteer opportunities are available in the nonprofit opera company’s productions, concerts, international vocal competition, special events and other activities.

Verismo Opera is actively seeking volunteers to help the organization produce traditional opera in the region, introduce a new generation to the grandeur of this art form and classical music, and bring free concerts to underserved areas and people. Many unique openings are available for people of all ages, backgrounds, professions and interests looking to acquire new skills useful in the workplace or expand existing ones, complete community service requirements, meet new people from all walks of life, and create lasting friendships.

Volunteers are Priceless

The organization depends on the involvement of community members throughout the region to help sustain its place as a leading opera company. Members of the community may sign up for volunteer positions helping back stage with costume changes, sewing, using and gathering stage props, and creating and maintaining sets. Volunteers are welcome to assist with fundraising projects and assume various administrative functions, such as proofreading, completing mailings, taking minutes, running meetings, filing, proofreading, making phone calls, and inputting data.

Volunteer openings are available in Verismo Opera's productions of Rigoletto and Aida, concerts, vocal competition, and events.

Volunteer openings are available in Verismo Opera’s productions of Rigoletto and Aida, concerts, vocal competition, and events.

Several marketing opportunities are available, including greeting people at performances, posting flyers about upcoming productions and events, taking photographs, designing posters and materials, and promoting tickets for productions and special events. People interested in planning events and receptions, assisting with concerts, seeking in-kind donations, and working on fundraising projects are also needed.

These priceless supporters will play a critical role working with Verismo Opera, the Bergen Performing Arts Center’s house opera company, to launch the new season with two grand productions. The company will perform Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto on October 23, 2016 and present Aida on April 23, 2017. Both productions will be performed at bergenPAC, located at 30 North Van Brunt Street in Englewood, New Jersey, at 3:00 p.m. To learn more about a range of volunteer opportunities with Verismo Opera, call (201) 816-9520, 917-821-8476 or send an e-mail to riagrace@hotmail.com.

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.

Learn more about Verismo Opera’s activities and opportunities. Follow the company on Facebook or Twitter @NJVerismoOpera. Sign up for the nonprofit organization’s monthly newsletter to receive news about events, free concerts, auditions, competitions, volunteer openings, employment prospects, and other updates.

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