Fort Lee Opera Company Comes to Bergen PAC

20150455305e7635ef9The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera, a nonprofit, grand opera company, based in Fort Lee, New Jersey, announces Berthe Rene-Luke of Englewood and Briel Waxman from Tenafly have been selected to join the Verismo Opera Chorus. Both altos will sing with the Verismo Opera Chorus in the company’s production of Georges Bizet’s Carmen on Sunday, April 26, 3:00 p.m., at the

“The chorus is the backbone of every opera company. Each of the new chorus members adds his or her flavor to the character thereby enhancing the principals’ artistry. Never underestimate the joy and learning experience of being a chorus artist. This can lead to a principal role,” said Lucine Amara, Artistic Director of Verismo Opera.

“All the vocalists underwent an audition earlier this year. They represent all ages and walks of life. Some vocalists sing for the love of it, with varying degrees of training and ability, but we all work together to support each other in the learning process,” said Mara Waldman, Director, Verismo Opera Chorus.

The complete cast will appear in period costumes designed by Costume Designer and Wardrobe Director Barbara Konig, Costumer’s Assistant Elaine McKhann and Costume Consultant Catherine Mirabella. Jeromy Hunt returns to the company as Stage Manager, with Amanda Lyons joining as Lighting Director.


Tickets may be purchased online, at bergenPAC’s box office, and by calling (201) 227-1030 or toll-free at 1-888-PACSHOW. Senior citizens receive a 10% discount. The company is offering a reduced rate, $10, on all tickets for children, ages 12 and under. The special senior citizen and children’s discount ticket rates are available at the box office only and must be requested before the purchase. For special rates for group sales only, call (201) 224-2809. Discount tickets are not available for purchase online.

The 2015 season is made possible, in part, with funds provided by the New Jersey Council on the Arts/Department of State, through grand funds administered by the Bergen County Department of Parks, Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs. Other supporters include Children’s Aid Foundation, Robert J. Campbell, MD, Cesare L. Santeramo, KSJ, Paul Weiss Matching Fund, The Gerda Lissner Foundation, Inc., and Vanguard Charitable Endowment Fund.

The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera is the house opera company of bergenPAC. For information about auditions for principals, auditions to sing in the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera Chorus or the Children’s Chorus, or the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera 27th Annual International Vocal Competition, call (201) 886-0561 or send an e-mail to Announcements about upcoming productions, concerts, events, community service opportunities, volunteer openings, calls for supernumeraries, and more are posted on Verismo Opera’s web site, onFacebook, Twitter @NJVerismoOpera, or Pinterest


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