“The NJ Association of Verismo Opera is delighted that Marenda Perry, a veteran vocalist who performed with The Metropolitan Opera and other leading opera houses throughout New York and Europe, will sing with the Verismo Opera Chorus and perform as a villager in our new production of I Pagliacci.
Ms. Perry previously sang in The Metropolitan Opera House’s production of I Pagliacci and has an extensive repertoire in opera, oratorio, concert and sacred music,” said Lucine Amara, Artistic Director of the NJ Association of Verismo Opera.
Perry retired to Fort Lee three years ago and credited Verismo Opera with giving her the opportunity to continue performing her craft. “Singing with the NJ Association of Verismo Opera has renewed the magic of the stage to my life and is allowing me to practice my love of music, opera and performance,” she said.
After a successful New York recital debut in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Perry performed as a soloist with the New York Oratorio Society, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and the National Chorale Council. She sang the roles of Serena and The Strawberry Woman in Porgy & Bess at Radio City Music Hall in New York City; Teatro Comunale Opera House in Florence, Italy; Theater Des Westerns in Berlin, Germany; and The Metropolitan Opera House in New York City.
While at The Metropolitan Opera House, she was selected to sing with the ensemble and performed in audience favorites, such as La Traviata, Cavalleria Rusticana, Carmen, I Pagliacci, and many more. Later, she joined the acclaimed Grace Bumbry’s Sacred Music Ensemble and performed as a soprano soloist touring Austria.
She appeared in the Broadway production of Desert Song and in the Tony award-winning cast of Raisin. The New York Times said, “[Ms. Perry] is an attractive lyric soprano… she captures the audience with her delicately powerful finely tuned voice and ravishing top notes.”
As a widow, she performed throughout the world with her daughter, Noelle, who performed in children’s roles alongside her mother. Perry sang throughout the United States, Austria, France, Germany, Italy, and even as far as Korea, Israel, Egypt and other parts of the Middle East and Africa.
A Philadelphia native, Perry was a scholarship graduate of Combs College of Music and also attended the Curtis Institute of Music both in Philadelphia. Today, she is active in The First Reformed Church of the Palisades in Fort Lee.
Audition for the Verismo Opera Chorus
The opera company will hold its last auditions for the chorus on February 27 at 7:00 p.m. at 44 Armory St. in Englewood, New Jersey. No prior stage experience is required. An application may be downloaded from the organization’s web site. 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.