NEW YORK, NY, October 29, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera (Verismo Opera) is accepting applications now for its annual international vocal competition. Met Opera luminary Lucine Amara, Artistic Director of Verismo Opera, invites singers to submit their applications now. The nonprofit opera company is recognized for providing opportunities for artists to learn and perform in a professional environment with a full orchestra. Last year's first prize winner, Brian B. Carter, was featured as Gianni Schicchi in the company's April 2013 production. ---
The preliminary rounds will be held throughout November in New York City at The Epic Building, 5th Floor Studio, 2067 Broadway (between 71st and 72nd Streets). Finals will take place in January 2014.
All applicants are required to send an MP3 file electronically or a CD containing at least three arias via postal mail to P.O. Box 3024, Fort Lee, New Jersey 07024-9024 USA. Applicants will be notified if they are accepted into the competition. Applications may be downloaded on the organization's web site. The registration fee is $85 for applications received by November 1.
A professional accompanist will be provided to all participants at preliminaries and final auditions. Finalists will receive feedback and extensive free coaching on language, style and presentation. They will be given the opportunity to perform in Verismo Opera's fully staged upcoming productions. Winners will receive cash awards totaling $3,500 ($2,000 first prize, $1,000 second prize and $500 third prize). For further information, contact the organization via e-mail or call (201) 886-0561.
Verismo Opera is recognized for providing up and coming performing artists with the training to attain a successful operatic career. Several singers, notably Richard Hobson, Frank Poretta, Emmanuel di Villarosa, James Valenti and Irina Rindzuner of the Metropolitan Opera, started their road to success by performing in its productions.
About New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera
The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera has been a part of the New Jersey music scene since 1989. Verismo Opera, a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization, is a grand, professional opera company led by Artistic Director and Met Opera luminary Lucine Amara. The organization provides performing opportunities for young musicians and artists and sponsors an annual vocal competition held in November with finals generally conducted in Carnegie Hall's Weill Hall, drawing artists from all over the United States, Canada, and Europe. The company also organizes opera workshops and concerts and offers affordable, highly professional operatic productions.
For more information about Verismo Opera, visit its web site, follow the company on Facebook, or Twitter, or call (201) 886-0561.
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