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Verismo Opera Seeks Singers For Auditions At BergenPAC

The Verismo Opera company has a special incentive for its 2015 auditions -- a special master class in auditioning. Deadline to apply for the 27th Annual International Vocal Competition is Oct. 31.
The Verismo Opera company has a special incentive for its 2015 auditions -- a special master class in auditioning. Deadline to apply for the 27th Annual International Vocal Competition is Oct. 31. Photo Credit: Griffith University

ENGLEWOOD, N.J. -- The application deadline for the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera’s annual vocal competition is Saturday, Oct. 31.

A special feature of the competition is a new, free master class that will be offered to singers accepted to audition in the preliminary round.

Vocalists of all ages may apply, according to Artistic Director Lucine Amara, who is affiliated with the Metropolitan Opera. She and Evelyn La Quaif, Verismo’s general manager and stage director, will teach the master class. It will focus on deportment, language, style and presentation for auditions.

According to the organizers, Verismo Opera’s competition is different from others in a number of important ways, such as instructive comments are given immediately after the singer has sung, and all applicants may receive the judges' original notes regarding their audition.

Preliminary auditions will take place at Bergen PAC's Drapkin Cabaret & Lounge, 30 N. Van Brunt St. from 5 - 9 p.m. Nov. 2, 9 and 16. Final auditions are in early 2016. Applicants are required to send a resume, biography, a MP3 file or a CD containing at least three arias, an 8 x 10 black-and-white photo and the application fee of $75.

For an application, click here .

Winners will receive cash awards of $2,000 for first prize, $1,000 for second prize and $500 for third prize.

The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera has been an integral part of the region’s classical music culture for 26 years, delivering a rich, grand opera experience for performers and viewers. The organization provides performing opportunities for young musicians and artists at the Bergen Performing Arts Center and community concerts. The company also organizes opera workshops, master classes and concerts.

For more information or to schedule an audition, call (201) 886-0561.

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