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Bergen PAC Opera Company Has Auditions For 'Rigoletto' And 'Aida'

The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera will present "Aida" April 23, 2017.
The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera will present "Aida" April 23, 2017. Photo Credit: Photo Credit: Marilyn Monsanto

ENGLEWOOD, N.J. – The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera's Artistic Director Lucine Amara invites soloists in all vocal categories to audition for roles in the professional opera company’s 2016-17 productions.

Solo roles are available in Giuseppe Verdi’s "Rigoletto" and "Aida." Open auditions will be from 2-8 p.m. Sunday, June 12 at Megremis Studio in the Epic Building, 2067 Broadway, New York City.

The Verismo Opera, the house opera company of the Bergen Performing Arts Center, will perform "Rigoletto" at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23 and "Aida" at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 23, 2017 at bergenPAC, 30 N. Van Brunt St., Englewood,. They will performed fully staged with a live orchestra and chorus.

"Verismo Opera welcomes amateur, professional and retired vocalists of all ages to audition. It's all about great singing! Many roles require a more mature artist," Amara said. "This is also a great opportunity for any promising, young artist to prepare for a role in a professional setting before being engaged by a major opera company.”

Auditions will be conducted for these roles in "Rigoletto": Rigoletto, Count Ceprano, Monterone, Marullo, a Page and a Herald.

Vocalists are invited to apply to audition for the following roles in "Aida": Ramphis, the King of Egypt and a messenger.

All applicants must have previous experience in a fully staged production and the necessary vocal training to perform leading or supporting roles. The application deadline to audition is June 8.

Although an accompanist will be provided, applicants may bring his or her own. For an audition appointment, call 201-886-0561 or send an e-mail to Vocalists should prepare to perform three arias of which one must be from "Rigoletto" or "Aida" or an opera with a similar song.

Applicants also 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, NJ 07024-9024 or to A refundable $25 deposit, made out to Verismo Opera, must be submitted with all applications to secure an audition.

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