Singers in all vocal categories should submit their applications today to audition for the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera's 2014-2015 season. The audition deadline is next Monday, June 16.
The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera will hold auditions from June 23 through June 27 for solo roles in the company’s new productions of Giacomo Puccini's La Bohème, Georges Bizet's Carmen, and Gaetano Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor. Audition appointments will be scheduled from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at The Performing Arts School of the Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), located at 1 Depot Square, in Englewood, New Jersey.
Selected soloists will receive free coaching working with these outstanding professionals in the field: Artistic Director Lucine Amara, a Met Opera luminary; General Manager/Stage Director Evelyn La Quaif, a Canadian soprano; Maestro Anthony Morss; and Associate Conductor/Chorus Director Mara Waldman. Other opportunities include developing an in-depth understanding of the role, performing on the stage in full costume in a professional production, and receiving professional photos and a DVD of the production to use for future engagements and performances.
Auditions will be held for the roles of Rodolfo, Marcello, Colline, Benoît, Alcindoro, Parpignol, and the Customs Sergeant in La Bohème. Vocalists are also invited to audition for all solo roles in Carmen and Lord Enrico Ashton, Sir Edgardo di Ravenswood, Lord Arturo Bucklaw, Raimondo Bidebent, Alisa, and Normanno in Lucia di Lammermoor.
All applicants must have previous experience in a fully staged production and the necessary vocal training to perform leading or supporting roles. New Jersey residents are encouraged to apply. Although an accompanist will be provided, an applicant may bring his or her own. For an audition appointment, call 201-886-0561 or send an e-mail.
Applicants must submit a bio listing current or past performances and roles sung, a resume, photo and an audio file, preferably in an MP3 format or on a CD, by the application deadline to Verismo Opera Inc., P.O. Box 3024, Fort Lee, New Jersey 07024-9024 or in an e-mail. A refundable $25 deposit must be submitted with all applications. Checks should be made out to Verismo Opera.
The site is handicapped accessible. Designated handicapped parking spaces are available. Vocalists requiring a special accommodation should call (201) 886-0561 at least two weeks before the audition.
Verismo Opera, the house opera company of bergenPAC, continues its 25th anniversary season, Vive la France, with performances of La Bohème on October 19 and 26, 2014. The 2015 season features Carmen on April 26 and Lucia di Lammermoor on October 18. All the productions will begin at 3:00 p.m. at bergenPAC. The company will perform these grand operas fully staged with a live orchestra and the Verismo Opera Chorus.