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Send in the Clowns. NJ Association of Verismo Opera Announces Cast & Final Discount Ticket Rates for I Pagliacci & Gianni Schicchi

The NJ Association of Verismo Opera sends in the clowns in I Pagliacci and Gianni Schicchi at the Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood, New Jersey on April 21. Verismo Opera announces the cast and the last discount ticket rates available.
 
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    FORT LEE, NJ, April 02, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Clowns are featured in the NJ Association of Verismo Opera's (Verismo Opera) new productions of Gianni Schicchi and I Pagliacci. Verismo Opera will present a double bill of Giacomo Puccini's dark comedy Gianni Schicchi and Ruggero Leoncavallo's tale of an actor's jealous passions and the tragic consequences in I Pagliacci on Sunday, April 21, 3:00 p.m., at the Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), 30 North Van Brunt Street, in Englewood, New Jersey.

Under Artistic Director Lucine Amara, one of the Metropolitan Opera's luminary performers, Verismo Opera will present the one-act operas fully staged with a live orchestra. "Tired of 'modernism'? Want to see period costumes and sets along with great acting and singing? Join us for our lavish productions of Gianni Schicchi and I Pagliacci. If you miss them, you'll be sorry," said Amara.

Verismo Opera's Stage Director/General Manager Evelyn La Quaif directs the new productions. For the first time, Chorus Director Mara Waldman will conduct the company's orchestra in its premiere of Gianni Schicchi. Internationally renowned Principal Conductor/Music Director Anthony Morss will conduct I Pagliacci.

"In these productions, Verismo Opera depicts verismo in its purest form, showing the savagery of the people during this violent era. With all the antics in Gianni Schicchi, I dare you to keep a straight face! The performances are so real, you won't want the curtain to close," said La Quaif.

The performances will be sung in Italian with English supertitles. A complete cast will perform in period costumes designed by Bergen County costumers Catherine Mirabella and Barbara Konig.

Special Discount Ticket Rates

The company is offering 30% off on April 4, 5, and 6 (code PS3) on tickets priced $55 and $45 only. These special discount ticket offers may be purchased on the bergenPAC's web site or in person at the box office Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Children, ages 12 and under, are eligible to receive a $10 ticket to see Gianni Schicchi and I Pagliacci. Senior citizens, ages 65 and over, purchasing regular-priced tickets on non-sale dates are entitled to a 10% discount. For further information about the special discounted children's or senior discount tickets, call (201) 227-1030 or toll free 1-888-pacshow.

Group discounts are available on $55 and $45 tickets only with a minimum purchase of ten tickets. Call Verismo Opera at 201-224-2809 for further information about the group discount rate. This rate is not available online.

Regularly priced tickets may be purchased at any time online, through the bergenPAC box office, and by calling (201) 227-1030 or toll-free at 1-888-pacshow.

Cast Announced

Gianni Schicchi
Brian B. Carter...................Schicchi
Jasmine Thomas..................Lauretta
Natasha Novitskaia...............Zita
Oswaldo Iraheta...................Rinuccio
Youngchul Park...................Gherardo
Jennifer Hoffmann................Nella
Andrew Appel.....................Gherardino
Andrew Hiers......................Betto
Ryan Allen.........................Simone
Glenn Friedman...................Marco
Marie Anello.......................La Ciesca
Harry Dworchak...................Spinelloccio
Michael Janaros....................Notary
James Moy..........................Guccio
William Ramey.....................Pinellino

I Pagliacci
Pedro Rosales ......................Canio
Rene Rivera .........................Nedda
Ron Loyd.............................Tonio
Youngchul Park.....................Beppe
Kian Freitas...........................Silvio
James Moy...........................A Villager
Trevor Dublin........................ A Villager
Marenda Perry.......................A Villager

Funding

The 2013 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 the Mary Casella Briggs Memorial Fund, The Gerda Lissner Foundation, Inc., Vanguard Charitable Endowment Fund, Children's Aid Foundation, Paul Weiss Matching Fund, Robert J. Campbell, MD and Cesare L. Santeramo, KSJ.

About NJ Association of Verismo Opera

The NJ Association of Verismo Opera has been a part of the New Jersey music scene since 1989. The opera company, a nonprofit organization based in Fort Lee, New Jersey, provides performing opportunities for young musicians and artists. Verismo Opera sponsors an annual vocal competition held in November with finals generally conducted at The Liederkrantz Foundation, drawing artists from all over the United States, Canada, and Europe. The company organizes opera workshops and offers affordable, highly professional operatic productions to the community. For more information about Verismo Opera, visit its web site, view its Facebook page or follow the company on Twitter.



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