New York Opera Fest
May – June 2018

The New York Opera Fest showcases the breadth and diversity of opera in New York City through events ranging from world premieres to complete reimagining of opera greats, with productions in theaters, 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 2018 New York Opera Fest with a kickoff event at the National Opera Center May 1 at 7:00 PM. We thank a special guest for their support of the community, and you can meet some of the artists and get a taste of what’s to come during the festival.


The 2018 Festival is full of world premieres: Tabla Rasa: A New Jazz Opera by Felix Jarrar and Bea Goodwin; Buick City, 1:00 AM by Jason Cady; And Here We Are by Matthew Welch and Daniel Neer; Rumpelstiltskin by George Lam, Ruby Fulton and John Clum; the one act premiere of The Bone Keepers by Casey O’Neil and Sophia Chapadjiev; OPERAbbit by Mariel Mayz and Andrew Mayz; MarShawn by Joe Young; To Be Sung by Pascal Dusapin based on Gertrude Stein; Backwards from Winter by Douglas Knehans and Juanita Rockwel; Sorrows of Frederick by Scott Wheeler; A Metamorphosis by Anna Winslow and Theodore Christman, and Songs From the Great Room an evening of world premiere songs created during AOP’s latest season of Composers & the Voice.

The Greats

The festival has the full range of traditional stagings to innovative classic operas reinterpreted: Regina Opera’s first Aida, Elisir d’Amore at ARE Opera, completely reimagined Fidelio and Don Giovanni at Heartbeat Opera, Bronx Opera presents Der Freischutz, Opera on Tap’s Hansel and Gretel performed in a Schoolyard, The Gilbert & Sullivan Light Opera Company of Long Island mounts Patience, Opera Upper West’s The Impressario at an undisclosed location and New Amsterdam performs the rarely seen La Favorita by Donizetti.

Special Events

Experience opera in new ways: at Freddy’s Bar, Opera on Tap presents Home Brewed Opera, or at Barbès New Brewed Opera: OOTmeal a celebration of opera and food, This Little Light of Mine, by Adrienne Danrich, a one-woman musical tribute to Marian Anderson and Leontyne Price, and a one night only celebration Insight Alt: Opera in Eden, with three new one-act operas hosted by Mark Adamo and Lawrence Edelson.

“The festival is a reminder that opera doesn’t need a 3,000-seat theater to be grand, and some of the more innovative, impassioned, exciting and vital – as well as affordable – productions are coming out of these smaller, more nimble companies.” -WQXR

Highlights from the 2017 New York Opera Fest

“NYC’s opera scene is at its most open and inviting in decades, and nobody seems as anxious to tear down the imaginary walls keeping novices out of the halls as the New York Opera Festival.” -TimeOut New York

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