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Frances Rosario-Puleo of New Milford Selected to Perform with Verismo Opera Chorus in I Pagliacci


Frances Rosario-Puleo
Lucine Amara, Artistic Director of the NJ Association of Verismo Opera, announces Frances Rosario-Puleo of New Milford has been selected to perform with the Verismo Opera Chorus in the company’s spring production of I Pagliacci on April 21 at 3:00 p.m. at the Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC) in Englewood, New Jersey.


Rosario-Puleo, a soprano, appeared last October in the company’s successful production of Madama Butterfly at the bergenPAC. “It was a great experience, as I enjoyed being in character with costume and make-up on stage performing. I wore a wig for the first time in my life. I loved the preparation; the rehearsals with Maestro Morss and Chorus Director Mara Waldman were so excellent. Maestro Morss gave us much information regarding the background of the opera and the story.

The chorus sings more in I Pagliacci than in Madama Butterfly. I Pagliacci is quite verismo; I am part of a bustling and anxious crowd looking forward to watching a group of travelling performers. I am excited and impatient. This feels quite real, as we have all experienced being in the audience of an event such as an outdoor concert or a ball game,” she said.

Singing and dancing keep her busy. When she is not singing with Verismo Opera, Rosario-Puelo sings and serves as the choir director of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Emerson. A professional dancer, she has performed with the Nancy Meehan Dance Company for over 20 years. As a member of Bergen DanceMakers, she has presented her choreographic works and also sung in the organization’s performances in New York and New Jersey. She holds a master of arts in dance from Brigham Young University.

For further information about auditioning for the Verismo Opera Chorus, call (201) 886-0561.

About NJ Association of Verismo Opera
The NJ 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 based in Fort Lee New Jersey, 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 held at 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 NJ Association of Verismo Opera, visit the company’s web site, www.njavo.org , view it on Facebook at http://bit.ly/9JXTP8 , follow the company on Twitter @NJVerismoOpera or call (201) 886-0561.

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