FORT LEE, N.J. -- The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera has announced that tenor Giovanni Simone, a Fort Lee resident, will perform the role of Isepo, a Scribe, in the company's grand production of Amilcare Ponchielli's "La Gioconda" on Sunday, April 17.
Simone has performed in other Verismo Opera productions. This past October, he appeared in the company's production of "Lucia di Lammermoor," as Normanno. He has sung with several opera companies, including the Baltimore Opera, New Jersey State Opera and Philadelphia Grand Opera.
Originally from Italy, Simone has appeared with several professional productions in the tri-state area, performing supporting roles with a number of leading opera companies. Simone's portrait of Goro in Giacomo Puccini's "Madama Butterfly," Tinca in Puccini's "Il Tabarro," Gastone in Giuseppe Verdi's "La Traviata," Arturo and Normanno in Donizetti's "Lucia di Lammermoor" have been well received by the press and by the public.
He has worked with Metropolitan Opera conductors Ignace Strasfogel, Richard Woitach and Henry Lewis and performed in productions with world famous baritones Tito Gobbi and Mario Sereni.
Tickets are on sale for "La Gioconda" and may be purchased online -- here -- at the bergenPAC box office, and by calling 201-227-1030 or 888-PACSHOW. The opera will be performed at 3 p.m. at the Bergen Performing Arts Center, located at 30 North Van Brunt St., in Englewood.
Verismo Opera is committed to ensuring its programs and services are accessible to all. BergenPAC is accessible, and accessible parking spaces are available in front of the theater. Hearing assist systems are also available upon request to the house manager in the lobby.
The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera has been a major part of the region's classical music culture for 27 years. Community members are invited to get involved as supernumeraries and volunteers. Verismo Opera also organizes opera workshops, master classes and concerts and offers affordable, professional productions.
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