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Verismo Opera, Fort Lee, Englewood Seeks Vocalists For Competition

Third place winner (left) Janani Sridhar and first place winner, Sol Jin (far right), receive their awards in the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera’s 27th Annual International Vocal Competition.
Third place winner (left) Janani Sridhar and first place winner, Sol Jin (far right), receive their awards in the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera’s 27th Annual International Vocal Competition. Photo Credit: Marilyn Monsanto

FORT LEE, N.J. -- Artistic Director Lucine Amara invites vocalists of all ages worldwide to apply to the Fort Lee-based New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera's 28th Annual International Vocal Competition.

The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera (Verismo Opera) is the house opera company of the Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC) in Englewood.

The early bird registration deadline is July 31.

Preliminary auditions will take place on,

  • Nov. 7 from 6-10 p.m.
  • Nov. 9 from 6-10 p.m.
  • Nov. 12 from 2-6 p.m.
  • Nov. 14 from 6-10 p.m.
  • Nov. 19 from 2-6 p.m.

Auditions take place at Yeoryia Megremis Studios in New York City at the Epic Building located at 2067 Broadway, 5th floor, Otello Room.

The application deadline is Oct. 31.

A professional accompanist will be provided to all participants at the preliminary and final auditions.

A free master class will be offered to all applicants accepted to sing in the preliminary auditions, and finalists selected to perform in the vocal competition will be invited to attend three four hour free master classes.

Winners will receive cash awards totaling $3,500 ($2,000 first prize, $1,000 second prize and $500 third prize).

At the preliminary auditions, a panel of judges will officiate, including Metropolitan Opera legend Lucine Amara; Maestra Lucy Arner, Music Director/Principal Conductor, New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera; Maestro Anthony Morss, Emeritus Music Director/Principal Conductor, New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera; and Evelyn La Quaif, General Manager and Stage Director, New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera.

The judges' comments will be sent to all preliminary participants and finalists.

The early bird registration fee, $55, is in effect through July 31, changing to $75 on Aug. 1.

Click here to make a payment online or send a check made out to Verismo Opera and send to P.O. Box 3024, Fort Lee, N.J. 07024-9024.

All applicants are required to send a resume, bio, a MP3 file or CD with at least three arias, an 8 x 10 black and white photo, and the application fee. Applicants will be notified if they are accepted into the competition.

Click here to download an application .

For more information contact info@verismopera.org or call (201) 886-0561.

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