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NJ Association of Verismo Opera to Hold Open Auditions for Boys to Perform in Gianni Schicchi

December 19, 2012 | By Luhrs & Associates


Media Contact: Luhrs and Associates, 201-592-9126, luhrsassocpress [at]

The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera is known for developing the stars of tomorrow. Artistic Director Lucine Amara announces boys, nine to eleven years of age, with a soprano voice are invited to audition for the role Gherardino in the grand, professional opera company’s new production, Gianni Schicchi that will be performed on Sunday, April 21 at the Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC) in Englewood, New Jersey.

Open auditions will be held on January 7, 2013 from 4-7 p.m. at the bergenPAC in the Cabaret Room, 30 North Van Brunt Street, in Englewood. The application deadline is December 31, 2012. An accompanist will be provided.

“We provide youngsters with a stage to present and hone their talents. For those beginning their singing careers, we offer the opportunity to learn essential stage skills, performing with a full orchestra, appearing in full costume and much more,” said Amara, whose extensive career included singing 882 onstage performances with the Metropolitan Opera.

For an audition appointment, call 201-562-5666 or 201-886-0561 or send an e-mail. Applicants must submit a bio, resume, current photo and an audio file, preferably in a MP3 format or on a CD, by the application deadline electronically or to Verismo Opera Inc., P.O. Box 3024, Fort Lee, New Jersey 07024-9024.


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.

About New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera

The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera (Verismo Opera) has been a part of the New Jersey music scene since 1989. The opera company, a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization, is the only professional opera company in Bergen County and northern New Jersey. The organization provides performing opportunities for young musicians and artists and sponsors an annual vocal competition held in November with finals generally conducted in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall, drawing artists from all over the United States, Canada, and Europe. The company also organizes opera workshops and concerts and offers affordable, highly professional operatic productions in the Bergen County, New Jersey community.

Verismo Opera is recognized for providing up and coming performing artists with the training to attain a successful operatic career. Several singers, notably Richard Hobson, Frank Poretta, Emmanuel di Villarosa, James Valenti and Irina Rindzuner of the Metropolitan Opera, started their road to success by performing in its productions.

For more information about Verismo Opera, visit its web site,, follow the company on Facebook at, or call (201) 886-0561.





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