Verismo Opera brings Giuseppe Verdi’s classic masterpiece, La Traviata, to the region’s theatrical stage. Last presented by this prominent, regional performing arts company in 2006, Verismo Opera will unveil this lavish production on Sunday, April 6, 3:00 p.m., at the Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), located at 30 North Van Brunt Street, in Englewood, New Jersey.
Under Artistic Director Lucine Amara, one of the Metropolitan Opera’s luminary performers, Verismo Opera celebrates its 25th anniversary and Verdi’s 200th birthday. The grand opera company launches its new season, Vive la France, with the new production La Traviata presented in four acts with Francesco Maria Piave’s libretto.
Set in the backdrop of high society in the early 1800s in Paris, France, this tumultuous love story, shrouded in sacrifice and misunderstanding, will unfold on the stage under director Evelyn La Quaif. The fully staged, traditional production will be presented with the cast singing in Italian and English supertitles provided.
The Verismo Opera Chorus and a live orchestra will perform under the baton of Mara Waldman. Dancers from Roberta Mathes’ dance company, beyondDANCE, will perform the entertaining gypsy scene in act three. Lauren Harpst will join the company as stage manager. The complete cast will appear in period costumes designed by Catherine Mirabella and Barbara Konig.
Tickets may be purchased online, at the bergenPAC box office, and by calling (201) 227-1030 or toll-free at 1-888-PACSHOW. Through the company’s Bring the Family to the Opera program, the professional performance is made affordable with special discount rates, allowing multiple generations to attend and enjoy this art form.
Senior citizens, ages 65 and over, receive a 10% discount. Verismo Opera is offering a reduced rate of $10 on all tickets for children, ages 12 and under, when accompanied by a ticket-holding adult.
The special senior citizen and children’s discount tickets are available at the box office only and must be requested before the purchase. For special rates for group sales specifically, call (201) 224-2809. Discount tickets are not available for purchase online.
The bergenPAC is handicapped accessible. Hearing assist systems are available upon request at to the house manager in the lobby.
This production of La Traviata is made possible in part by a special grant from The Children’s Aid Foundation; Paul Weiss Matching Fund; Robert J. Campbell, MD; Cesare L. Santeramo, KSJ; The Gerda Lissner Foundation, Inc.; Vanguard Charitable Endowment Fund, and in part, with funds provided by the New Jersey Council on the Arts/Department of State, through grant funds administered by the Bergen County Department of Parks, Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs.
Violetta Valéry …… Hea-Ran Kim
Alfredo Germont …… Oswaldo Iraheta
Giorgio Germont …… Jonathan Scott
Flora Bervoix ….... Erika Bourque
Gastone de Loiterres …… Fred Frabotta
Baron Douphol …… Robert Garner
Marquis d'Obigny …… Ras Dia
Dr. Grenvil …… Joshua Miller
Annina …… Brenda Belohoubek
Giuseppe …… Joel Cardona
Flora’s servant …… Carlos Arcos
Commissioner/Servant …... James Moy