The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera (Verismo Opera) announces that Metropolitan Opera singer Ryan Allen of Edgewater returns this season to perform the role of Sacristan in the company’s upcoming production of Giacomo Puccini’s grand opera, Tosca. Verismo Opera kicks off the 2011-2012 performing season of Love, Tragedy, and Suicide with Tosca, one of Puccini’s most popular, suspenseful operas, on October 16 at 3 p.m. at the BergenPAC, 30 North Van Brunt St. in Englewood, New Jersey.
Under Artistic Director Lucine Amara, one of the Metropolitan Opera’s finest performers of Tosca, Verismo Opera, the only professional grand opera company in North Jersey, brings this dark, dramatic love triangle of jealousy, treachery, and death set in Rome. Singers from Canada, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania appear in full costume and perform on traditional staging. Sung in Italian with English supertitles, the nonprofit company presents Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa’s libretto in four acts based upon Victorien Sardou’s drama, La Tosca.
“Unlike the characters in Sardou's play, Puccini's Tosca is deeply rife with three dimensional, intensely different personalities caught up in love---one’s love of country, two romantic hearts, and another’s evil quest for power. Thus, before our eyes, we see Caravadossi, Tosca, and Scarpia come first to life and watch in horror as each of them fatefully meets their end,” explains Amara.
Ryan Allen’s Work
Allen, a bass, performed the King of Egypt in Verismo Opera’s triumphant spring 2011 production of Aida. He made his Metropolitan Opera debut as Hans Foltz in Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg in 1993. Among his previous engagements is Don Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia for the Indianapolis Opera, Manitoba Opera, Opera Memphis, New Jersey State Opera, the Metropolitan Opera Guild and several others. He has appeared as Candy in Of Mice and Men with the Florentine Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Opera Grand Rapids and Edmonton Opera; and Don Magnifico in La cenerentola with the Utah Opera, Connecticut Opera and Utah Festival Opera. Originally from Texas, he debuted at Carnegie Hall as the bass soloist in the Mozart Requiem for the Manhattan Philharmonic in 1989. He holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Texas at Austin.
Tickets may be purchased by calling the BergenPAC box office at (201) 227-1030. A special 25% discount on $55, $45, and $35 tickets will be available ONLY from October 6-October 8 using the code TOSCA3. For special rates for group sales, call (201) 224-2809.
About New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera
The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera (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 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 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 Bergen County, New Jersey community.
The company 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 Verismo Opera productions.
For more information about the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera, visit its web site, www.njavo.org , view its Facebook page at http://bit.ly/9JXTP8 , or call (201) 886-0561.
Ryan Allen appears as Sacristan in the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera’s Tosca.