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Englewood Opera Company Holding Open Auditions For Singers

New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera's production of "Lucia di Lammermoor"
New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera's production of "Lucia di Lammermoor" Photo Credit: Marilyn Monsanto

ENGLEWOOD, N.J. -- Lucine Amara, Artistic Director of the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera (Verismo Opera), invites singers to apply to the Verismo Opera Chorus. Open auditions will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 16 beginning at 6:15 p.m. at 44 Armory St. in Englewood.

Male and female vocalists -- amateur, professional and retired -- are invited to audition and learn more about the opportunity to sing in the Verismo Opera Chorus. Male singers, representing all vocal ranges and ages, are especially needed. Teenagers, ages 15 and up, who have a musical background and/or are studying voice, taking instrumental lessons or other musical instruction are invited to apply and schedule an audition.

Applicants should have a working ability to read music and experience singing.

The audition will consist of singing five note scales. During the audition process, chorus Director and Associate Conductor Mara Waldman will determine each singer's range and vocal category.

Under Waldman, singers will explore grand opera in a live performance. Preparation will include instruction in the pronunciation of the text in the original language to be performed, vocal warm-ups, drilling of the music and detailed staging.

Auditions will not be held for the Children's Chorus. Auditions for children to sing in the Verismo Opera Children's Chorus will be held, as needed, in 2016.

Choristers will perform in the company’s production of "Lucia di Lammermoor" on Sunday, Oct 18 at 3 p.m. at the Bergen Performing Arts Center on 30 North Van Brunt St. in Englewood. The production will be fully staged, with the cast performing in costume accompanied by a live orchestra directed by renowned conductor, Maestro Anthony Morss.

Amara, who began her career in the San Francisco Opera Chorus, encourages singers to audition to the Verismo Opera Chorus. "Anyone wanting to do something special and rewarding should think about joining the Verismo Opera Chorus," she said. "Besides meeting and making new friends and wearing great costumes, you get a chance to sing great music. It's cathartic!”

Download an application here or send a request to info@verismopera.org. For information or to schedule a mandatory appointment to audition for the chorus, call (201) 886-0561.

The audition site is handicapped accessible. Designated handicapped parking is available.

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