Alan Rich from Variety says, “No opera company should be asked to survive without an occasional dip into the life-giving force of “Lucia di Lammermoor.” It is, in many ways, the prototypical opera: the one in which all the jokes about opera ring the most true, the one in which the heroine hits the high E and dies, the one with the most tunes to have made it to the barrel-organ repertoire.”.
The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera, the house opera company of the Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), will conclude its 26th season with Gaetano Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor. The tragic, dramatic work in the bel canto style will be performed on Sunday, October 18 at 3:00 p.m. at the theatre, located at 30 North Van Brunt Street in Englewood, New Jersey. The company is once again offering discount ticket rates through its Bring the Family to the Opera initiative.
Under Artistic Director Lucine Amara, the grand opera company will bring this dark, romantic tale of family honor, betrayal and madness set in the Lammermuir Hills of Scotland in the 17th century to bergenPAC’s stage for the second time in a decade. Stage Director and Canadian soprano Evelyn La Quaif will direct the fully staged production with the cast singing in Italian.
This tour-de-force of Italian Romantic opera will be presented in three acts with the libretto by Salvadore Cammarano loosely based upon Sir Walter Scott’s historical novel, The Bride of Lammermoor. English supertitles will be projected for the audience to follow.
Maestro Anthony Morss will conduct the Verismo Opera Orchestra for the last time. Morss, the company’s Principal Conductor and Music Director for two decades, will step down at the end of the current season. Chorus Director Mara Waldman will direct the Verismo Opera Chorus comprised of singers from the region.
The complete cast will appear in period costumes designed by Costume Designer/Wardrobe Director Barbara Konig, Assistant Costumer Elaine McKhann and Costume Consultant Catherine Mirabella. Jeromy Hunt will return as Stage Manager and Adam Greene will join again the Verismo Opera staff as Lighting Director.
Tickets may be purchased at the theatre’s box office, online, or by calling (201) 227-1030 or toll-free at 1-888-PACSHOW.
Verismo Opera’s Bring the Family to the Opera program announces special discount ticket offers will be available to see Lucia di Lammermoor. The first special ticket offer of 40% off on $55 and $45 tickets is available for purchase only on September 10, 11, and 12, 2015 (Code LUC1). A second offer of 30% off (Code LUC2) is available only on October 1, 2, and 3, 2015 on tickets priced at $55 and $45.
Discount ticket rates for senior citizens and children, ages 12 and under, will be available from September 10 through October 18, 2015 to see Lucia di Lammermoor. Senior citizens purchasing regular-priced tickets on non-sale dates are entitled to a 10% discount. The company is offering a reduced rate of $10 on all tickets for children, ages 12 and under, to see Lucia di Lammermooron October 18, 2015. This discount offer is available only from September 10 through October 18.
Special ticket offers are not available online and may be purchased only at bergenPAC’s box office, located at 30 North Van Brunt Street, Englewood, New Jersey, and by calling (201) 227-1030 or toll-free at 1-888-PACSHOW. All special ticket offers must be requested before the purchase.
Group discounts are available on $55 and $45 tickets only with a minimum purchase of 10 tickets. For special group rates only, call (201) 224-2809. This discount is not available online.