Singers, Learn Your Craft

act_one finale_gremillion_02The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera, the house opera company of the Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), invites singers to audition for the Verismo Opera Chorus.  Artistic Director Lucine Amara announces professional, amateur, and retired male and female singers may audition for the Verismo Opera Chorus.

Auditions take place on Wednesdays, August 23 and 30 and September 13 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  The auditions are held at 44 Armory Street in Englewood, New Jersey.  For all auditions, an appointment is required and must be made in advance.  To schedule an audition appointment, call (201) 886-0561 or contact

During the company’s 2017-2018 season, choristers will perform in the company’s productions of Giacomo Puccini’s dramatic works, Tosca, on October 15, 2017 and Turandot on April 22, 2018.   Both operas will be presented at 3 p.m. at bergenPAC, located at 30 North Van Brunt Street, in Englewood, New Jersey.

Vocalists will perform live and sing in Italian.  “The chorus is for anyone interested in singing, as well as being involved with a massively immersive theater experience.  You not only get to act; you are encouraged to do so!  This is a great way to get on stage with other people with similar interests,” said Associate Conductor/Chorus Director Michael Wittenburg.

Preparation includes instruction in the pronunciation of the text in Italian, vocal warm-ups, learning the music and detailed staging.  The operas will be fully staged and performed in costume accompanied by an orchestra led by the company’s Principal Conductor/Music Director, Maestra Lucy Arner.

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