The only grand, professional opera company based in North Jersey, the Verismo Opera, has announced 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 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 Rigolettoas Sparafucile and La Bohemeas Colline.
Fredericks has extensive experience performing Ferrando, the captain of the guards. He performed the role in Verismo Opera’s first production of Il Trovatorein 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 Tempestwith The Dallas Opera, Sarastrowith The Harrisburg Opera and Orestin Elektra with One World Symphony. Notably, he sang a solo in The Messiahwith 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 Symphonyin Paris/Saone-et-Loire, France.
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 bergenPACbox 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 bergenPACbox office, and by calling (201) 227-1030 or toll-free at 1-888-PACSHOW. For special rates for group sales, call (201) 224-2809.