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Ridgewood Soprano To Sing Lucia di Lammermoor at BergenPAC

Hea-Ran Kim of Ridgewood will sing the title role in the bel canto opera, Lucia di Lammermoor, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18 in Englewood's Bergen PAC.
Hea-Ran Kim of Ridgewood will sing the title role in the bel canto opera, Lucia di Lammermoor, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18 in Englewood's Bergen PAC. Photo Credit: Contributed

RIDGEWOOD, N.J. — Ridgewood's Hea-Ran Kim takes the lead role in the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera performance of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor in the Bergen Performing Arts Center Sunday, Oct. 18.

This dark, romantic tale of family honor, betrayal and madness set in the Lammermuir Hills of Scotland is based on the novel “The Bride of Lammermoor” by Sir Walter Scott. A 'bel canto' style opera, it will be performed in Italian with English subtitles.

Kim has performed a range of roles including Gilda in Rigoletto, Elizabeth in The Secret Marriage, Violetta in La Traviata, Pamina in Die Zauberflote, and Mimi in La Boheme.

Other cast members are bass-cantante Hyong Sik Jo as Raimondo Bidebent, tenor Giovanni Simone as Normanno, mezzo-soprano Erika Bourque as Alisa, and tenor Daniel Byerly debuting in the role of Lord Arturo of Bucklaw.

Simone, co-founder of Verismo Opera and a familiar face behind the scenes as technical director,  has performed in over 57 productions of Lucia di Lammermoor singing the roles of Normanno and Arturo.

Baritone Young Joo An, second prize winner in the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera's 2013 Annual International Vocal Competition, will perform Lord Enrico Ashton, Lord of Lammermoor and Lucia's brother.

BALAM Dance Theatre will also perform in the ensemble.

The performance is 3 p.m. in BergenPAC, 30 N. Van Brunt St., Englewood.

Tickets may be purchased online at www.bergenpac.org, at the bergenPAC box office, and by calling (201) 227-1030 or toll-free at 1-888-PACSHOW. Seniors, children and groups may arrange discounts at the box office only, requested before purchase. For group sales, call (201) 224-2809.

The 2015 season is made possible, in part, with funds provided by the state Council on the Arts and grant funds through the county Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs.

For information, call (201) 886-0561 or send an email to info@verismopera.org. For more on the 2015 - 2016 Bergen PAC season, click here .

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