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Fort Lee Tenor Will Perform In bergenPac's 'Rigoletto'

Giovanni Simone
Giovanni Simone Photo Credit: Submitted

A tenor from Fort Lee will perform in a grand opera production of "Rigoletto" on Sunday, Oct. 23 at the Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood.

Giovanni Simone will perform the role of Matteo Borsa for the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera company's new production of Giuseppe Verdi's class work.

The show is at 3 p.m.

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 "La Gioconda." The New Jersey State Opera and Philadelphia Grand Opera are among the other 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.

He played 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 may be purchased online at the bergenPAC's box office located at 30 North Van Brunt St., Englewood, and by calling (201) 227-1030 or toll-free at 1-888-PACSHOW. This season, the company is providing several special ticket rates for senior citizens, children, and groups.

Senior citizens receive a 10 percent discount. The company is offering a reduced rate of $10 on all tickets for children, ages 12 and under. These special senior citizen and children’s discount ticket rates are available through Oct. 23 at the box office only and must be requested before the purchase. Special ticket rates may not be combined with others.

Group discounts are available on $55 and $45 tickets only with a minimum purchase of 10 tickets. For special group rates only, contact riagrace@hotmail.com, (917) 821-8476, or (201) 816-9520. This discount is not available online.

For more information, visit Verismo Opera's website .

Bergen Performing Arts Center is located at 30 North Van Brunt Street in Englewood.

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