About New York City Opera

Since its inception New York City Opera has been a critical part of the city’s cultural life. Stars who launched their careers with NYCO include Plácido Domingo, Catherine Malfitano, Sherrill Milnes, Samuel Ramey, Beverly Sills, Tatiana Troyanos, Carol Vaness, and Shirley Verrett, among dozens of other great artists. For decades New York City Opera has been committed to introducing opera to the young, bringing the art form to new audiences with educational outreach performances for New York City’s students.


Today New York City Opera continues its historic mission of inspiring audiences with innovative and theatrically compelling opera to New York audiences at popular prices and nurturing the work of promising American artists. Taking inspiration from the vibrant community around it, NYCO celebrates diversity with its highly popular Ópera en Español series and LGBT Initiative, which recently saw the world premiere of Iain Bell and Mark Campbell’s highly acclaimed opera Stonewall. NYCO also remains committed to cultivating and inspiring the next generation of opera audiences by introducing the art form to the young through its revitalized outreach and education programs.


New York City Opera’s 2019-2020 season will include the double-bill of the American premiere of Juan Duran’s O Arame: A Galacian Opera and Manuel de Falla’s El Amor Brujo, the latest installment in the company’s Ópera en Español series; Anna Caterina Antonacci in a concert production of Benjamin Britten’s Gloriana; Pietro Mascagni’s Isabeau; and, as part of its lauded Pride Series, a 2020 Pride Concert starring Patricia Racette and LGBTQ members of the New York City Opera and The New York City Opera Orchestra and Chorus.


At City Opera, our commitment to producing new American opera has been at the forefront of our artistic mission. As we celebrate our 75th-Anniversary Season, we look back at these accomplishments and look forward to embracing our next 75 years at the opera house.

1.    William Grant Still – Troubled Island (1949) 
2.    David Tamkin – The Dybbuk (1951)
3.    Aaron Copland – The Tender Land (1954)
4.    Nevit Kodallı – Van Gogh (1957)
5.    Mark Bucci – Tale for a Deaf Ear (1958, first professional production)
6.    Robert Kurka – The Good Soldier Schweik (1958)
7.    Hugo Weisgall – Six Characters in Search of an Author (1959)
8.    Norman Dello Joio – The Triumph of St. Joan (1959, the premiere of the third version)
9.    Robert Ward – He Who Gets Slapped (1959)
10.    Douglas Moore – The Wings of the Dove (1961)
11.    Robert Ward – The Crucible (1961)
12.    Abraham Ellstein – The Golem (1962)
13.    Carlisle Floyd – The Passion of Jonathan Wade (1962)
14.    Jerome Moross – Gentlemen, Be Seated! (1963)
15.    Lee Hoiby – Natalia Petrovna (1964)
16.    Jack Beeson – Lizzie Borden (1965)
17.    Ned Rorem – Miss Julie (1965)
18.    Vittorio Giannini – Servant of Two Masters (1967)
19.    Hugo Weisgall – Nine Rivers from Jordan (1968)
20.    Gian Carlo Menotti – The Most Important Man (1971)
21.    Thea Musgrave – The Voice of Ariadne (1977)
22.    Leon Kirchner – Lily (1977)
23.    Dominick Argento – Miss Havisham's Fire (1979)
24.    Stanley Silverman – Madame Adare (1980)
25.    Thomas Pasatieri – Before Breakfast (1980)
26.    Jan Bach – The Student from Salamanca (1980)
27.    Leonard Bernstein – Candide (Opera House Version) (1982)
28.    Anthony Davis – X, The Life and Times of Malcolm X (1986, first staged production)
29.    Jay Reise – Rasputin (1988)
30.    Hugo Weisgall – Esther (1993)
31.    Ezra Laderman – Marilyn (1993)
32.    Lukas Foss – Griffelkin (1993, premiere of revised version)
33.    Deborah Drattell – Lilith (2001, first staged production)
34.    Charles Wuorinen – Haroun and the Sea of Stories (2004)
35.    Ted Rosenthal – Dear Erich (2019)
36.    Iain Bell – Stonewall (2019)


Bryant Park Corporation (BPC), a private not-for-profit company, was founded in 1980 to renovate, finance and operate Bryant Park in New York City. BPC is funded by income from events, concessions and corporate sponsors, as well as an assessment on neighboring properties, and does not accept government or philanthropic monies. In addition to providing security, sanitation, and horticultural services, BPC offers restaurants, food kiosks, world-class restrooms, and a wide range of free events throughout the year. The Midtown Manhattan park is visited by more than 12 million people each year and is one of the busiest public spaces in the world. 

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