Verismo Opera to Launch 25th Season with Open House, 1/11

Celebrate the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera's (Verismo Opera) 25th anniversary season, Vive la France, at the grand opera company's annual Open House. Artistic Director and Met Opera luminary Lucine Amara invites the public to attend the free event and learn more about Verismo Opera on Saturday, January 11, 2014, 2 p.m., at 44 Armory Street in Englewood, New Jersey. A snow date is scheduled for Saturday, January 18, 2 p.m., at the same location.

The site is handicapped accessible. A parking lot has a designated handicapped parking space.

Ms. Amara, Verismo Opera Music Director/Principal Conductor Anthony Morss, General Manager/Stage Director Evelyn La Quaif, Chorus Director Mara Waldman, and President Dr. James Garvin, MD will discuss Verismo Opera's mission, vision, and history. They will introduce the grand opera company's new season, Vive la France, and the production of Giuseppe Verdi's lavish opera La Traviata and Giacomo Puccini's La Bohème, both set in Paris, France. La Traviata will be performed on Sunday, April 6th and La Bohème on Sunday October 19th and 26th at the Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), located at 30 North Van Brunt Street in Englewood, New Jersey.

The program will feature vocalists performing solos from the upcoming 2014 operas and past productions. Exhibits will display memorabilia and photos from Verismo Opera's 25 years of producing grand operas, sponsoring an annual international vocal competition, presenting concerts, holding master classes, giving operalogues, and training the stars of tomorrow. Opportunities to perform in the chorus, act as a supernumerary in non-speaking and non-singing roles or volunteer behind-the-scenes with the company will be presented. Verismo Opera representatives in costume will be available to answer questions.

For more information about Verismo Opera, visit its web site,

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