MET Opera’s Richard Bernstein to Perform in @NJVerismoOpera’s ‘Rigoletto’ @BergenPAC

richard_bernstein-1475463873-3179The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera presents Giuseppe Verdi’s timeless classic, Rigoletto, replete with beautiful music at the Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC).  Last performed by the company in 2010 at bergenPAC, Verismo Opera performs this important work of the operatic repertoire on Sunday, October 23, 2016, 3:00 p.m., at the theatre, located at 30 North Van Brunt Street, in Englewood, New Jersey U.S.A. 

Verismo Opera announces bass Richard Bernstein will appear courtesy of the Metropolitan Opera as Sparafucile in the production.  A Metropolitan Opera company member since his debut in 1995, he has appeared with the MET in 355 performances and over 110 international live broadcasts to date, as well as sung leading roles with companies throughout the United States and around the world.  He has performed and covered a diverse range of repertoire from classic operas to contemporary works, in languages as varied as Czech, French, German, Italian, Sanskrit, Russian, and English.  This repertoire includes roles in Faust, Satyagraha, Das Rheingold, Siegfried, La bohème, Simon Boccanegra, Die Zauberflöte, Tosca, Hamlet, From the House of the Dead, Armida, Ariadne auf Naxos, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Ernani, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, War and Peace, Macbeth, A View From the Bridge, and Wozzeck.  Bernstein is a resident of Bergen County, New Jersey.

Love, Desire and Revenge Play Out

Under Artistic Director Lucine Amara, the only grand opera company in Bergen County, New Jersey, unfolds a plot worthy of William Shakespeare.  “Director Evelyn La Quaif demonstrates the Duke of Mantua is a lost soul of his time always looking for perfect love illuminated by his tender, melodic aria ‘Parmi’.  Rich, handsome, and a bit of a cad, the Duke also becomes a victim of his desires and carelessness leading to a cascade of broken souls — his, Gilda’s, and her father, Rigoletto.  La Quaif will have the audience riding the destructive passions of each character like a roller coaster,” said Amara.


Tickets may be purchased online at, at the bergenPAC box office, and by calling (201) 227-1030 or toll-free at 1-888-PACSHOW.  This season, the company is providing several special ticket rates.  A 30% discount on $55 and $45 tickets is available only on September 29 and 30, 2016 and October 1, 2016 with promotion code (RIG2).

Senior citizens receive a 10% discount.  The company is offering a reduced rate of $10 on all tickets for children, ages 12 and under.  These special senior citizen and children’s discount ticket rates are available through October 23 at the box office only and must be requested before the purchase.  Special ticket rates may not be combined with others.

Group discounts are available on $55 and $45 tickets only with a minimum purchase of 10 tickets.  For special group rates only, contact Ms. Hawks at, (917) 821-8476, or (201) 816-9520.  This discount is not available online.

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