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“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

Five Years Five Boroughs!

New York Opera Fest
May – June 2020

We are celebrating the 5th anniversary of The New York Opera Fest with events in all 5 boroughs showcasing the breadth and diversity of opera in New York City. There are 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 2020 New York Opera Fest with a kickoff event at the National Opera Center April 27 at 7:00 PM, with a reception afterwards. 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.


This year’s record-breaking festival includes 50+ performances including seven world premieres: No Dominion Theatre Co. presents HindSight by librettist Bea Goodwin and composer Felix Jarrar; KAMMEROPER 1804, Beethoven’s other opera, performed by Capital Opera Albany; a translation of Mozart’s Il re pastore (The Shepherd King) by the little OPERA theatre of ny, four student-composed operas in Richard Burke Pocket Operas at Hunter College, American Opera Project’s biannual concert of world premiere songs; and Performance of Self, a new work commissioned by Beth Morrison Projects that explores gender and sexuality identification.

Traditional and Contemporary

This year’s festival showcases New York’s vibrant and varied opera scene, with repertoire ranging from the traditional operatic canon such as Puccini’s Turandot (Regina Opera Company), Mozart’s The Magic Flute (Brooklyn College Opera Theatre), and Smetana’s masterpiece The Bartered Bride (Bronx Opera), to contemporary works such as: a new piece commissioned by the revered Beth Morrison Projects; Heartbeat Opera’s Lady M, a 90-minute, multi-media concert version of Verdi’s Macbeth; Encompass New Opera Theatre’s exploration the Brazilian rain forest’s protection efforts in Angel of the Amazon, and Libby Larsen’s cabaret opera Barnum’s Bird (2002) performed by New Camarata Opera that dramatizes the artistic and commercial partnership between famed Swedish soprano Jenny Lind and American promoter and showman P.T. Barnum, and Midnight in the Garden by Vertical Player Repertory showcasing soprano Francesca Mondanaro.

“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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Now there is an easy way to find an event to suit your needs.  Whether it’s Free events or Wheelchair Accessible events our new Event Search will help guide you to the Classic Opera, World Premiere or Concert that will make your heart sing.

2020 New York Opera Fest Calendar



Mass for the Endangered
Mass for the Endangered
New Brewed Opera
Mass for the Endangered

Kammeroper 1804
Kammeroper 1804
Kammeroper 1804
Kammeroper 1804


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