Under Artistic Director Lucine Amara, a Met Opera luminary, Verismo Opera provides performing opportunities for young musicians and artists through its semi-annual productions at the Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood, New Jersey and concerts held in community settings.  Community members are invited to get involved as supernumeraries and volunteers.  An annual international vocal competition is conducted in November with finals generally drawing artists throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe.  The nonprofit opera company also organizes opera workshops, master classes and concerts and offers affordable, highly professional productions.