Youth opera concert to strike high note near Northvale

November 11, 2013 by  

More than a dozen talented young singers are about to make their way into the area to perform at a special concert.

This weekend, Paramus High School, which is about half an hour’s drive from Northvale, will be hosting the New Jersey All-State Opera Festival. A print company may be in charge of preparing programs for this annual event.

The New Jersey Music Education Association has been organizing the show for the past 65 years. To qualify for performing roles in the concert, students must audition before a panel of singers from New York City’s Metropolitan Opera. Those selected to participate hail from every part of the state.

Most of the performances at this year’s event will be solos, but the show will also feature several duets and an ensemble. In addition, all of the participants will be joining forces to sing three Italian opera pieces.

Members of Paramus High School’s string orchestra will be taking the stage as well. In the past, they have performed music by Giacomo Puccini and Gioachino Rossini.

The youth opera singers, who will be traveling to Paramus with their coaches, typically receive a singing lesson from a professional tenor on the morning of the event. That tradition is expected to continue this year. Ronald Naldi, who sings with the Metropolitan Opera, led this period of pre-concert instruction in 2012.

The All-State Opera Festival will take place on Saturday, November 16, with performances beginning at 3:00 pm. Tickets will be available at the door and cost $10, and senior citizens will receive free admission.