Verismo Opera to Launch 24th Season With Open House

Celebrate the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera’s (Verismo Opera) 24th season with Love, Comedy, Obsession & Murder as the company celebrates the Year of Italian Culture in America. 


Artistic Director and Met Opera luminary Lucine Amara invites singers, actors, prospective volunteers, and the public to attend the annual open house and learn more about Verismo Opera on Saturday, September 7, 2013, 1:00 p.m., at 44 Armory Street in Englewood, New Jersey.  The event is free and open to the public.


The Verismo Opera Chorus will perform Giuseppe Verdi's Va, pensiero, sull'ali dorate (Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves) from the opera Nabucco.  General Manager/Stage Director Evelyn La Quaif and Oswaldo Iraheta will perform Libiamo ne' lieti calici from Verdi’s La Traviata.   Edgar Jaramillo, a new member of Verismo Opera, will perform Addio alla madre from Pietro Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana.


Ms. Amara, Music Director/Principal Conductor Anthony Morss, General Manager Evelyn La Quaif, Chorus Director Mara Waldman, and President Dr. James Garvin, MD will discuss the organization’s mission, history, and the new season.  They will introduce the company’s double bill of Cavalleria Rusticana and Giacomo Puccini’s Suor Angelica to be performed on Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. at the Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), located at 30 North Van Brunt Street in Englewood, New Jersey. 


Opportunities to perform with Verismo Opera, the chorus, act as a supernumerary or volunteer with the company will be presented.  Youngsters interested in gaining experience on the stage as supernumeraries are invited to attend the open house and learn more about performing opportunities in Cavalleria Rusticana.


The 2013 season is made possible, in part, with funds provided by the New Jersey Council on the Arts/Department of State, through grand funds administered by the Bergen County Department of Parks, Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs.  Other supporters include the Mary Casella Briggs Memorial Fund, The Gerda Lissner Foundation, Inc., Vanguard Charitable Endowment Fund, Children’s Aid Foundation, Paul Weiss Matching Fund, Robert J. Campbell, MD and Cesare L. Santeramo, KSJ.


Verismo Opera is recognized for providing up and coming performing artists with the training to attain a successful operatic career.  For more information about Verismo Opera, visit it online, follow the company on Facebook or Twitter @NJVerismoOpera, or call (201) 886-0561.



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