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About The 2017 New York Opera Fest

The festival showcases the breadth and diversity of opera in New York City through events ranging from virtual reality to improv opera, with productions in theaters, gardens, garages, bars, playgrounds and more.

All events are produced by members of The New York Opera Alliance (NYOA) in partnership with OPERA America, the national service organization for opera and the nation’s leading advocate for American opera.

Opening Event

We’re celebrating the 2017 New York Opera Fest with a kickoff event at the National Opera Center April 27 at 6:00 PM. We join together to thank Lauren Flanigan for her support of young artists and the entire community. And you can meet some of the artists and get a taste of some of the great performances you can see during the festival.

For Families

Give your kids a taste of the magic of opera by taking them to BOUNCE, performed in a basketball court, or the Peter Rabbit story told the the music of Donizetti. Continue the fun with Donizetti’s Elixir of Love adapted for kids performed in a playground, and then take them to see the original Elixir sung in italian, fully staged, with a full orchestra and subtitles.


For the classic lovers we have Mozart, Puccini and Bizet; the more exotic will love Milhaud, Rimsky-Korsakov, Britten and Hebert; and if you like the new there’s Brazelton, Cady, Cipullo, Earnest, Frasconi, Heggie, Hoffeditz, Kaufman, Lander, Lord, Marlor, Mollicone, Murphy, Patterson, Siegel, Thomas and Welch

Get Social

If you like your opera intimate, there are lots of ways to get into the scene. Perhaps have a drink at the bar and hear an aria up close, or go hear Mozart in a garden on the Upper West Side? How about some Baroque at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, or Britten in a white box studio in Williamsburg? Or even on a Vietnam Era US Navy IX-514 Helicopter Landing Trainer? See opera in a new light!

2017 Events

2017 Festival Calendar


New York Opera Festival Kickoff

MAY 5:

Experiments in Opera presents Flash Operas

MAY 6 & 7:

Bronx Opera Company presents Verdi’s Falstaff


Opera on Tap presents The Parksville Murders, Episode 1 – A Virtual Reality Horror Opera

MAY 11:

Opera on Tap presents Home Brewed Opera

MAY 11:

Brooklyn College Opera Theatre presents Brooklyn Baby!

MAY 11-13:

On Site Opera presents Mozart’s The Secret Gardener (La finta giardiniera)

MAY 11 & 12:

Hunter Opera Theater presents Fireworks and Lady Bird

MAY 13:

New Camerata Opera presents Peter Rabbit

MAY 13, 14, 20 & 21:

Regina Opera Company presents Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’amore

MAY 16:

operamission presents Behind the Mind – the complete cabaret songs of William Bolcom

MAY 17, 24, 31, June 7, 14:

Ardea Arts presents Bounce: The Basketball Opera

MAY 18:

Encompass New Opera Theatre presents Paradigm Shifts: Music & Film Festival

MAY 18-20:

New Opera NYC presents Rimsky-Korsakov’s Golden Cockerel

MAY 19 & 20:

Rhymes With Opera presents Bonnie Lander’s Coping Mechanisms

MAY 19 & 20:

Light Opera of New York presents The Island of Tulipatan

MAY 20, 23, 26, 28:

Heartbeat Opera presents Carmen

MAY 21, 23, 25, 27, 28:

Heartbeat Opera presents Butterfly

MAY 21:

SIGN & SING presents Explorations

JUNE 2, 3, 9 & 10:

Opera Upper West presents Tom Cipullo’s Glory Denied


Opera Lafayette presents Rameau’s Les Indes Galantes – Part IV


Opera on Tap presents New Brew: Pint-Sized Opera Edition


The Martina Arroyo Foundation presents Master Series 2017: Fred Plotkin


NYOA and The Indie Opera Podcast present Women in Opera


Victor Herbert Renaissance Project LIVE! presents The Politics of American Grand Opera:  Hammerstein I, The Met, and Victor Herbert


The Martina Arroyo Foundation presents Master Series 2017: Soprano, Sharon Sweet


Light Opera of New York presents My Song Goes ‘Round the World Vol. 2

JUNE 10:

Vertical Player Repertory presents Britten’s Phaedra

JUNE 14:

The Martina Arroyo Foundation presents Master Series: Metropolitan Opera Mezzo—Isola Jones

JUNE 15:

Opera on Tap presents The Elixir of Love: The Playground Opera

JUNE 15-18:

American Opera Projects presents Robert Paterson’s Three Way

JUNE 16 & 18:

Apotheosis Opera Projects presents Capriccio

JUNE 17:

Martina Arroyo Foundation presents MAF Prelude to Performance Opera Highlights Concert

JUNE 20 & 22-24:

On Site Opera presents Darius Milhaud’s La mère coupable

JUNE 21:

The Martina Arroyo Foundation presents Master Series 2017: Stefano Mazzonis

JUNE 23:

OperaRox Productions presents A New Works Concert

JUNE 26:

The Martina Arroyo Foundation presents Master Series 2017: Ken Benson

JUNE 29:

The Martina Arroyo Foundation presents Master Series 2017: Metropolitan Opera Soprano, Jane Eaglen

JUNE 30, July 2:

Veritcal Player Repertory presents I Stand Alone