From Italy to China, the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera’s 2017-2018 season spans the globe with performances of Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca and Turandot. On Sunday, October 15, 2017, Verismo Opera brings to the stage again Puccini’s Tosca set in Italy with Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa’s libretto in four acts based upon Victorien Sardou’s drama, La Tosca.
The grand opera company premieres Puccini’s extravagant portrayal of both ancient China and the opera’s namesake princess, Turandot, on Sunday, April 22, 2018. Verismo Opera, the house opera company of the Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC) in Englewood, New Jersey, presents these productions at the theatre at 3:00 p.m.
The company is known for realistic portrayals of everyday life in its productions. “These traditional operas present realism and remain true to the original with the music, grand sets, and beautiful costumes. Both operas introduce another generation to the magnificent splendor of complete, professional productions,” said Lucine Amara, Artistic Director, New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera.
Under the baton of Principal Conductor and Music Director Lucy Arner, a live orchestra accompanies the performance of Tosca. General Manager/Stage Director Evelyn La Quaif directs the fully staged opera, with Chorus Director/Associate Conductor Michael Wittenburg leading the Verismo Opera Chorus. The principals and the Verismo Opera Chorus perform in Italian with English supertitles provided for the audience. Continue reading