Presenting the fourth annual New York Opera Fest (nyoperafest.com), a two-month celebration of opera on an unprecedented scale that takes place throughout May and June, with over 20 New York City-based companies large and small, putting on over 25 events in venues around the city, with the Fest kicking off on April 29 at Marc Scorca Hall
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. LGBTQ rights are the subject of The Stonewall Operas, four 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.