“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
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.
We’re celebrating the 2018 New York Opera Fest with a kickoff event at the National Opera Center April 29 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 Fest is a living, breathing example of opera’s ability to explore challenging, relevant themes in an impactful and meaningful way. Gender roles come to the forefront in Rhymes With Opera’s operatic treatment of the life of Eleanor Roosevelt and On Site Opera’s portrait of Lady Murasaki, author of the first novel. LGBTQ rights are the subject of The Stonewall Operas, four world premieres performed in the West Village’s Stonewall Inn to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, as well as Hunter Opera’s take on Paula Kimper’s acclaimed Patience & Sarah. Toxic masculinity is brought to bear in Opera Lafayette and Heartbeat Opera’s joint take on the Biblical story of Susanna and the little OPERA theatre of ny’s New York premiere of Benjamin Britten’s Owen Wingrave.
On the political front, Donald Trump’s White House is the setting for Bronx Opera’s update of Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado, Encompass New Opera Theatre’s Paradigm Shifts Music and Film Festival celebrates those fighting to preserve the environment in the face of climate change, and Vertical Player Repertory presents a musical setting of large portions of the United States Constitution.
The Fest also features innovative, accessible productions of the classics, including Carmen, Il Trovatore, Gianni Schicchi, The Magic Flute and more, as well as the rarely performed Hérodiade by Jules Massenet.
Continuing its commitment to contemporary music, this year’s Fest offers seven four world premieres including Chunky in Heat (Experiments in Opera and Contemporaneous) and The Impossible She (Rhymes with Opera), as well as several New York City premieres.
“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
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