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Verismo Opera Announces Ivan Cardona and James Moy to Perform in Il Trovatore

 By day, one performer is a voice-over artist, and  the other is a medical doctor.  The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera announces that Ivan Cardona and Dr. James Moy will perform in the company’s upcoming production of Il Trovatore at the Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood on April 20 and April 22. 

 

Tenor Ivan Cardona, a native of Puerto Rico currently residing in Haledon, New Jersey, will appear as the Messenger in his first operatic solo performance.  Cardona is known as a versatile performer, appearing on stage and in movies and undertaking voice-overs.  He has appeared in various stage productions, including Les Miserables, La Traviata, Don Giovanni, Jekyll & Hyde, and Evita among others, as well as New York City cabaret concerts.  He has appeared in movies such as “El Cantante" with Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez and will be seen in the upcoming movie, "The Dictator", starring Ben Kingsley.

 

 

Baritone James Moy, a family doctor by day, will appear in his first solo operatic performance as the Gypsy on April 20.  Moy, a resident of Colts Neck, New Jersey and New York City, has sung with the Verismo Opera Chorus for the past six years in all of the company’s productions, including Tosca, Aida, Rigoletto among others.

 

 

Grand Opera Returns to the bergenPAC

 

Verismo Opera brings back one of Giuseppe Verdi’s most mysterious, melodramatic operas, Il Trovatore, on Friday, April 20, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, April 22, 3:00 p.m., to the Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), 30 North Van Brunt Street, in Englewood, New Jersey. 

 

Verismo Opera, the only professional, grand opera company based in North Jersey, presents Antonio Garcia Gutierrez’ powerful tragedy, El Trovador, filled with mystery, suspense, vengeance, death, and even love to the stage with an international cast dressed in full period costumes.  Sung in Italian with English supertitles, Salvatore Cammarano’s libretto will be performed in four acts with beautiful New York City set designs and a full orchestra.

 

Set in Old Spain, Verdi’s impassioned thriller shows powerful emotions twist the hearts and minds of the lead characters Leonora, Manrico and Conte di Luna, as fate slowly deals each a lethal hand.  Evelyn La Quaif’s intense stage direction leads the audience on an emotional rollercoaster, emphasizing throughout traditional Verdian opera.

 

 

Meet the Artists

The public is invited to join Verismo Opera after each performance and talk one on one with the artists in two special Meet the Artists Champagne Receptions to be held at the bergenPAC Cabaret Room located at 30 North Van Brunt Street in Englewood.

 

The receptions will be held on April 20 from 11:00 p.m. to midnight and April 22 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Guests will have an opportunity to meet the international cast of stars and other members of Verismo Opera, have their photos taken with an artist, obtain autographs and discuss the company’s work. 

 

Champagne and hors d'oeuvres will be served.  The event is open to the public.  A suggested donation of $15 or more is requested.  For more information and to RSVP, call

(201) 886-0561.

 

Tickets for Il Trovatore

Tickets may be purchased online at www.bergenpac.org, at the bergenPAC box office, and by calling (201) 227-1030 or toll-free at 1-888-PACSHOW.   For special rates for group sales, call (201) 224-2809.

 

For further information about Verismo Opera, visit its web site at

http://www.njavo.org, join its Facebook page at http://bit.ly/9JXTP8, or call (201) 886-0561.

Midland Park’s Robert Jenkins to Premiere in Verismo Opera’s Il Trovatore


 

 

 

        The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera (Verismo Opera) announces that Robert Peter Jenkins of Midland Park in Bergen County, New Jersey will premiere in the company’s production of Il Trovatore in the April 22nd performance.  Jenkins, a baritone, will perform the role of the Gypsy in Giuseppe Verdi’s suspenseful story of love and revenge.      

         Verismo Opera, a professional opera company based in Fort Lee, New Jersey, will perform this mysterious, melodramatic opera in two performances on Friday, April 20, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, April 22, 3:00 p.m., at the Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), 30 North Van Brunt Street, in Englewood, New Jersey.


         Jenkins, a 1997 graduate of Midland Park High School, holds an associate’s degree in music from Bergen Community College and has studied music at Caldwell College and New Jersey City University.  In the fall, he will pursue a bachelor’s degree in music performance at Ramapo College.

         Among Jenkins’ performing experiences, he sang in New Jersey City University’s Opera Workshop Il core vi dono from Casi fan tutte Act II, No. 23 by Amadeus Mozart.  He also performed in the university’s Concert Chorale singing Ave Verum by Mozart and Mass in G Major by Charles Schubert.  At Bergen Community College, he performed in the solo Madamina in Don Giovani by Mozart, and at Caldwell College, he sang excepts from different operas, including playing El Dancairo in Carmen and The Count in Marriage of Figaro, as well as an understudy as Rigoletto in Rigoletto.

         While a student at Middle Park Middle School and Midland Park High School, he sang in the chorus for six years performing numerous traditional Christmas music and songs from musicals.  He was also accepted to perform with the Bergen County Jr. Chorus.

 

Tickets for Il Trovatore

         Tickets may be purchased online at www.bergenpac.org, at the bergenPAC box office, and by calling (201) 227-1030 or toll-free at 1-888-PACSHOW.  A special $10 ticket rate for children, ages 12 and under, continues through April 22.   For special rates for group sales, call (201) 224-2809.


Meet the Artists After Each Performance

         The public is invited to join Verismo Opera after each performance and talk one on one with the artists in two special Meet the Artists Champagne Receptions to be held at the bergenPAC Cabaret Room located at 30 North Van Brunt Street in Englewood.

         The receptions will be held on April 20 from 11:00 p.m. to midnight and April 22 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Guests will have an opportunity to meet the international cast of stars and other members of Verismo Opera, have their photos taken with an artist, obtain autographs and discuss the company’s work. 

         Champagne and hors d'oeuvres will be served.  The event is open to the public.  A suggested donation of $15 or more is requested.  For more information and to RSVP, call  (201) 886-0561.


         For more information about the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera, visit its web site, www.njavo.org, join its Facebook page at http://bit.ly/9JXTP8, or call (201) 886-0561.

Verismo Opera Offers Special Discount Tickets to See Il Trovatore at the bergenPAC

 

 

 

The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera (Verismo Opera) is thanking its fan with three special discount ticket offers to see Giuseppe Verdi’s most mysterious, melodramatic operas, Il Trovatore, on Friday, April 20, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, April 22, 3:00 p.m., at the Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), 30 North Van Brunt Street, in Englewood, New Jersey.

 

Special 30% Discount Available Only on April 12, 13, 14


Lucine Amara, Artistic Director, announced Verismo Opera is offering a special 30% off sale on tickets priced at $55, $45, and $35 ONLY available for purchase on April 12, 13, and 14.  The code for this special offer is TROV3.  Discount tickets may be ordered only through the bergenPAC box office and are not available online.  Tickets may be purchased in person at the bergenPAC box office, located at 30 North Van Brunt Street in Englewood, New Jersey, from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays or by calling (201) 227-1030.

 

Children’s Ticket Rate of $10

“As our mission involves educating and introducing youth to the joy of fine music, Verismo Opera is delighted to offer for children, ages 12 and under, a special $10 ticket rate.  This ticket offer is only available through the bergenPAC box office,” explained Amara.

 

This rate is available through April 22, the last performance of Il Trovatore.  Tickets may be purchased in person at the bergenPAC box office, located at 30 North Van Brunt Street in Englewood, New Jersey, from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays or by calling (201) 227-1030.   They are not available online.

 

Group Ticket Rates

Group tickets are available off the list price for a minimum purchase of at least ten tickets.  This rate is only applicable to $45 and $55 tickets.  They may not be purchased online.  For special rates for group sales only, call (201) 224-2809.

 

Full-priced tickets may be purchased online at www.bergenpac.org, in-person at the bergenPAC box office, or by calling (201) 227-1030 or toll-free at 1-888-PACSHOW.  

Contact

For more information about the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera, visit its web site, www.njavo.org, join it on Facebook at http://bit.ly/9JXTP8, or call (201) 886-0561.

 

 

League of Women Voters of Bergen County to Hold Forum on Privatizing Government Services

 

 

            The League of Women Voters of Bergen County will hold a forum on privatizing government services on Tuesday, April 10 from 1-3 p.m. at the River Edge Borough Hall, 705 Kinderkamack Rd. (entrance on Tenney Avenue).  The public is invited to attend.  Admission is free.  Parking is available on side streets.

 

            The League seeks to identify strategies to ensure transparency and accountability when privatization of services is under consideration.   William “Pat” Schuber, former County Executive of Bergen County and currently assistant professor in the School of Administrative Science at Fairleigh Dickinson University, has been invited to discuss this topic.  He will suggest parameters and policy issues to consider upon the submission of a proposal to transfer governmental services, functions, or assets to the private sector.  All levels of government will be reviewed.

 

            “By examining some examples of privatization by federal, state, and local governments, we seek to identify strategies to ensure transparency, accountability, and protection of the common good,” said Lucy Heller, President, League of Women Voters of Bergen County.

 

About the League of Women Voters

            The League of Women Voters was an outgrowth of the 19th amendment passed in 1920 giving women the right to vote.  With over 1,000 local Leagues throughout the country, the organization gained prestige by maintaining its nonpartisanship; sponsoring candidates’ forums for local, state and national elections; holding registration drives; disseminating nonpartisan information on candidates; and holding public meetings to discuss current issues.

 

            Membership is open to both men and women of voting age who support its mission.  For more information about the League, visit the League of Women Voters of Bergen County’s website at www.lwvbergen.org

            For further information about the forum, contact Lucy Heller, President of the League of Women Voters of Bergen County, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Yard Sale Fundraiser - 04/14/12 & 04/15/12 - Chance at Life Cat Rescue

Prominent Bergen County Artist, Marsha Heller, to Exhibit New Works at The Riverside Gallery

 

 

            Marsha Heller of Leonia will present “New Paintings” from April 16-30 at The Riverside Gallery, Suite 201 located at The Shops at Riverside, Hackensack Avenue at Route 4 in Hackensack, New Jersey.  The gallery is open from 10:30 a.m. – 9 p.m., Monday through Friday and 10:30-9 on Saturday. An opening reception will be held on Thursday April 19 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.



         The show features oil and acrylic paintings from the artist’s landscape series.  The scenes are from Ms. Heller’s own garden, beautiful areas she has visited on her tours as a musician and others created from her imagination. 


 

         She has received high praise for her art from leading arts publications.  

         “Miss Heller’s color creates a shimmering surface in her landscapes. Warm and cool, light and dark they dance around the canvas until flowers, bushes or trees emerge from a tapestry of marks. The seductive mosaic of color is satisfying in itself.”  -- Artspeak Magazine

 

          

         Ms. Heller’s work has been exhibited throughout the United States, Israel, and other countries.   The Art History Channel selected her as one of its “21st Century Artists” and has shown her encaustic (wax) on the network’s on-line gallery. 

 

         For more information about the exhibit or Ms. Heller’s work, call 201-400-8430.

 

 

 

Tenafly's Steven Fredericks to Appear in Verismo Opera's Il Trovatore; Special Ticket Offers Announced

 

 

 

 

The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera announces that Steven Fredericks will perform the role of Ferrando in Il Trovatore on April 20 and 22 at the Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood, New Jersey.  Discounted tickets are available.

 

 

 The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera (Verismo Opera), the only grand, professional opera company based in North Jersey, announces that bass-baritone Steven Fredericks of Tenafly, New Jersey has been selected to perform the role of Ferrando in Giuseppe Verdi’s suspenseful story of love and revenge, Il Trovatore.

 

Verismo Opera will perform this mysterious, melodramatic opera on Friday, April 20, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, April 22, 3:00 p.m., at the Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), 30 North Van Brunt Street, in Englewood, New Jersey. 

 

Steven Fredericks Returns to Verismo Opera

 

Steven Fredericks has performed in several Verismo Opera productions.  In 1999, he debuted with the company as the toreador in Carmen.  This past season, he appeared as Ramphis, the High Priest, in the company’s spectacular presentation of Giuseppe Verdi’s grandest opera, Aida, at the bergenPAC.  Previously, he performed in the company’s productions of Rigoletto as Sparafucile and La Boheme as Colline. 

 

Fredericks has extensive experience performing Ferrando, the captain of the guards.  He performed the role in Verismo Opera’s first production of Il Trovatore in 2000.  He has also sung the role under the great Maestro Anton Coppola.

 

The bass-baritone’s lengthy list of credits includes Antonio in The Tempest with The Dallas Opera, Sarastro with The Harrisburg Opera and Orest in Elektra with One World Symphony.  Notably, he sang a solo in The Messiah with Mid-America Productions at Carnegie Hall.  He is a frequent performer with Maestro Vincent La Selva and the New York Grand Opera in Central Park, New York City.

 

On the international scene, he has performed in Russia with The Chuvash State Theatre as Sparafucile in Rigoletto.  Other performances include singing Herald in Lohengrin and the bass soloist in the Beethoven 9th Symphony in Paris/Saone-et-Loire, France.


Special Ticket Offers Available

 

Verismo Opera is offering a special, time-limited 30% sale on tickets priced at $55, $45 and $35 for both performance dates of April 20 and April 22 ONLY on April 12, 13, and 14.  The code for this special offer is “TROV3”.  A special $10 ticket rate for children, ages 12 and under, continues through April 22.

 

Discount tickets may be ordered only through the box office and are not available online.  Tickets may be purchased in person at the bergenPAC box office, located at 30 North Van Brunt Street in Englewood, New Jersey, from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays or by calling (201) 227-1030

 

Tickets not discounted may be purchased online at www.bergenpac.org, at the bergenPAC box office, and by calling (201) 227-1030 or toll-free at 1-888-PACSHOW.   For special rates for group sales, call (201) 224-2809.


Funding

 

Il Trovatore 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 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 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.  The opera company, a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization, is the only professional opera company in Bergen County and northern New Jersey.  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’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.

 

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 on the road to success by performing in its productions.

 

For more information about the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera, visit its web site, www.njavo.org, join its Facebook page at http://bit.ly/9JXTP8, or call (201) 886-0561.

 

 

League of Women Voters of Northern Valley Members Celebrate League’s 92nd Birthday

 

            Bergen County residents gathered recently to commemorate the League of Women Voters’ founding, the suffragette movement, and great women in history.  What a fun party!

 

             League of Women Voters Northern Valley (LWVNV) members Lucy Heller, Joyce Luhrs, Sophie Heymann, and Elsie Diamond participated in the League of Women Voters Bergen County’s celebration of the League’s 92nd birthday and Women’s History Month at the Park Ridge Community Center.  Toni Zimmer, President of the League of Women Voters of New Jersey (LWVNJ), joined the celebration.

 

            Guests selected and discussed briefly a woman in history they admired.  Dressing in character was optional, but added to the fun. 

 

            Back by popular demand, a skit reenacting a conversation between suffragettes Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony was performed by LWV Fair Lawn members Nancy Wallace and Fran Davis.  Excerpts from Not For Ourselves Alone were read.

 

 Shown from left to right: Barbara O'Brien as Amelia Earhart; Fran Davis as Susan B. Anthony; Nancy Wallace as Elizabeth Cady Stanton; Irma Leeds as Abigail Adams; Barbara McCann as Molly Pitcher; Toni Zimmer, President of LWVNJ, as Rosa Parks; Joyce Luhrs, co Vice-President LWVNV; Lucy Heller, co Vice-President LWVNV, as Sandra Day O’Connor; Barbara King as Nancy Pelosi; Sophie Heymann, LWVNV member, as Emma Lazarus, the author of the poem on the base of the Statue of Liberty; and Maureen Field as Emma Gatewood, the first woman to hike the entire Appalachian Trail.

Not Pictured:  LWVNV member Elsie Diamond as Frances Perkins, U.S. Secretary of Labor in President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Cabinet and the first woman appointed to the U.S. Cabinet; Terry Gould as Rosie the Riviter; Brietta Savoie as Harriet Beecher Stowe; and Evelyn Auerbach as her grandmother, an immigrant in the United States in the late 1800s.

 

Join the League of Women Voters

         The League was an outgrowth of the 19th amendment passed in 1920 giving women the right to vote.  With over 1,000 local Leagues throughout the country, the organization gained prestige by maintaining its nonpartisanship; sponsoring candidates’ forums for local, state and national elections; holding registration drives; disseminating nonpartisan information on candidates; and holding public meetings to discuss current issues.

         League membership is open to both men and women of voting age who support its mission.  For more information about the League, visit the organization’s website at www.lwvbergen.org.

         For further information about the League of Women Voters of Northern Valley, contact (201) 947-0756.                         

 

 

Panda is Looking for Love and Funding for his Care & Surgery

 

Panda is a big handsome friendly boy who was found while trapping a colony for spay/neuter.  He had wounds on his back, eart mites and a limp.  The next day he was taken to the vet for an exam, neutered, vaccinated and tested for FIV and leukemia. His ear mites were also treated.

The vet informed us that Panda was FIV positive and he needed a couple of teeth pulled as well. He also mentioned that while living outside Panda suffered some sort of trauma to his right knee. The cruciate in his knee is ruptured. He seems to be ok living with it. The vet said surgery is an option if he gets worse. The procedure would cost at least fifteen hundred dollars.  

While Panda has been in Chance at Life's care he has gained weight and he takes a baby aspirin every 3 days to keep him comfortable. Now he is walking so much better! He plays and enjoys to be hugged and kissed, and even gives hugs and kisses back.

       Donations towards Panda's care and surgery may be sent to Chance at Life Cat Rescue

230 Catalpa Avenue, Hackensack NJ 07601

www.chanceatlifecatrescue.com

 

 

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