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Keeping the Arts AFFORDABLE

Introducing children and families to the wonders of grand opera is the goal of the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera’s (Verismo Opera) initiative to keep the arts accessible and affordable. “Verismo Opera understands that these are still difficult economic times for families, seniors and others in the community. We want to make opera performances and productions accessible and affordable for families and their children through our discount ticket initiative program,” said Lucine Amara, Artistic Director. Special discount ticket offers are available on specific dates in September and October for the performance of the company’s double bill of Giacomo Puccini’s Suor Angelica and Pietro Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana. Verismo Opera will present the double bill live with a full cast and orchestra on Sunday, October 20 at 3:00 p.m. at the Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC) located at 30 North Van Brunt Street in Englewood. Verismo Opera is providing the public with a special 35% off (Code CS2) on September 26, 27, and 28 and 30% off (Code CS3) on October 10, 11, and12 on tickets priced at $55 and $45 only to see the double bill Cavalleria Rusticana and Suor Angelica. Discount ticket rates for senior citizens, ages 65 and over, and children, ages 10 and under accompanied by a ticket-holding adult, are available now through October 20 for this production only. Senior citizens, ages 65 and over, purchasing regular-priced tickets on non-sale dates are entitled to a 10% discount. These special discount ticket offers may be purchased online at www.verismopera.org or in person at the bergenPAC box office, located at 30 North Van Brunt Street in Englewood, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Call the box office at (201) 227-1030 or toll free at 1-888-PACSHOW. Verismo Opera has been a part of the New Jersey music scene since 1989. The opera company, a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization, is the only professional, grand opera company in Bergen County. 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 offers affordable, highly professional operatic productions in the community. For more information about Verismo Opera, visit its web site, www.verismopera.org , follow the company on Facebook at http://bit.ly/9JXTP8 or Twitter @NJVerismoOpera, or call (201) 886-0561.          

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