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Fort Lee Opera Offering Family Discounts To 'Rigoletto' At bergenPAC

A scene from the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera's production of Giuseppe Verdi's Rigoletto.
A scene from the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera's production of Giuseppe Verdi's Rigoletto. Photo Credit: COURTESY: Marilyn Monsanto

ENGLEWOOD, N.J.– The fall season of Verismo Opera of Fort Lee launches at bergenPAC in Englewood with programming arranged for the whole family.

The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera is the house opera company of the Bergen Performing Arts Center and is preparing for its 28th season. Its "Bring the Family to the Opera" initiative is also being renewed.

Discounted tickets go on sale Sept. 8 for the Oct. 23 performance of Giuseppe Verdi's "Rigoletto." The opera will be performed at 3 p.m. at bergenPAC, 30 North Van Brunt St., Englewood.

Tickets purchased on Sept. 8, 9, and 10 get 40 percent off $55 and $45 tickets with promotion code RIG1. A final 30 percent discount on $55 and $45 tickets is available only on Sept. 29 and 30 and Oct. 1 with promotion code RIG2.

Senior citizens purchasing regular-priced tickets are entitled to a 10 percent discount. The company is offering a reduced rate of $10 on all tickets for children, ages 12 and under. The special rates may not be combined with other offers.

These offers can only be purchased at bergenPAC’s box office and by calling (201) 227-1030. Special ticket rates are not available online.

“Verismo Opera provides once again the highly successful 'Bring the Family to the Opera.' This program gives parents an opportunity to introduce their children to live opera and classical music presented on the stage with the complete cast in period costumes. We want children and their families to enjoy and experience high quality, affordable operatic performances,” said opera legend Lucine Amara, Artistic Director of the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera.

The Bring the Family to the Opera program seeks to instill children and their extended families -- parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins -- friends, and neighbors with an appreciation of opera and classical music.

The principals and the Verismo Opera Chorus will perform in Italian with English supertitles provided.

The company's new production has full sets, professional principal vocalists and the Verismo Opera Chorus accompanied by the Verismo Opera Orchestra.

The company's new Principal Conductor and Music Director is Cuban born Lucy Arner. General Manager and Stage Director Evelyn La Quaif will direct the fully staged opera.

Regularly priced tickets can be purchased online at www.bergenpac.org .

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