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Fort Lee's Giovanni Simone Lands Role In Verismo Opera's 'Rigoloetto'

Tenor Giovanni Simone of Fort Lee.
Tenor Giovanni Simone of Fort Lee. Photo Credit: Verismo Opera

FORT LEE, N.J. — Tenor Giovanni Simone of Fort Lee will play the role of Matteo Borsa in the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera's production of "Rigoletto."

The show will run on Sunday, Oct. 23 at bergenPAC in Englewood.

Originally from Mola di Bari in Italy, Simone has performed the same role in "Rigoletto" 54 times with the Baltimore Opera Company in Maryland and the Regina Opera Company in Brooklyn, where he was the stage manager for 18 years.

He has performed in several Verismo Opera productions. Last October, he appeared in the company's production of "Lucia di Lammermoor" as Normanno. This past spring, he assumed the role of Isepo, a Scribe, in the company's debut of Amilcare Ponchielli’s magnificent work "La Gioconda," known for its complex plots and intrigue.

The New Jersey State Opera and Philadelphia Grand Opera are among the other opera companies he has worked with.

Simone has appeared with several professional productions in the Tri-State area performing supporting roles with a number of leading opera companies.

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