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New York City Opera Program 

PROGRAM

 

Part One

 

Carmen, Bizet

Overture

Maestro Kuan, Conductor

L’amour est un oiseau rebelle

Lisa Chavez, Carmen
With Ensemble

 

 

The Merry Widow, Lehár

Vilja

Maestro Lowe, Conductor

Inna Dukach, Hanna, The Widow

With Ensemble

 

 

Rigoletto, Verdi

La donna è mobile

Maestro Rose, Conductor

Won Whi Choi, Duke of Mantua

Quartet: Bella figlia dell’amore

Michael Corvino, Rigoletto

Jessica Fishenfeld, Gilda

Won Whi Choi, Duke of Mantua

              Lisa Chavez, Maddalena

 

 

I Pagliaccci, Leoncavallo

Prologue: Si può?

Maestro Meena, Conductor
Mark Rucker, Tonio

 

 

Madama Butterfly, Puccini

Un bel dì vedremo

Maestro Meena, Conductor

Brandie Sutton, Cio-Cio-San

 

 

 

La Rondine, Puccini

Bevo al tuo fresco sorriso

Maestro Meena, Conductor

Inna Dukach, Magda

Won Whi Choi, Ruggero

Jessica Fishenfeld, Lisette

Glenn Seven Allen, Prunier

With Ensemble

 

Tosca, Puccini

Act I Finale: Tosca divina…Tre sbirri, una carrozza

Maestro Meena, Conductor

Kristin Sampson, Tosca

Kevin Short, Scarpia

Glenn Seven Allen, Spoletta

With Ensemble

 

Intermission

 

Part Two

 

Stonewall, Bell & Campbell

Finale     

               Maestro Kuan, Conductor

               Lisa Chavez, Maggie

               Jessica Fishenfeld, Leah

               Glenn Seven Allen, Andy

        Peter Kendall Clark, Carlos
        Rachael Braunstein, Sarah

  Mario Arevalo, Renata
 

The Ballad of Baby Doe, Moore

Gold is a fine thing

               Maestro Lowe, Conductor
               
Joanna Mongiardo, Baby Doe

 

The Crucible, Ward

I do not judge you, John

                Maestro Rose, Conductor

   Lisa Chavez, Elizabeth Proctor

 

 

 

Emmeline, Picker

Maryanne

Maestro Lowe, Conductor

Kristin Sampson, Emmeline

 

Susannah, Floyd

Revival Scene

Maestro Meena, Conductor

Christopher Job, Olin Blitch

With Ensemble

 

Candide, Bernstein

Make our garden grow

Maestro Lowe, Conductor

Glenn Seven Allen, Candide

Lianne Gennaco, Cunegonde

Peter Kendall Clark, Pangloss

Sishel Claverie, Old Lady

With Ensemble

Production Stage Manager:

Francesca MacBeth

Rehearsal Pianist:

Kathryn Ölander

Assistant Stage Manager:

Sami Sallaway

Onsite Staff: 

Jacob Russo, Sarah Doudna, Becca Kaplan, Elliot Brown & Gio Xu
 

Press Release  

NEW YORK CITY OPERA
TO CELEBRATE ITS 75TH ANNIVERSARY
WITH FREE CONCERT IN BRYANT PARK 
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 AT 6PM

MUSICAL CELEBRATION OF COMPANY’S RICH HISTORY TO FEATURE
 SIGNATURE WORKS FROM THE 
NEW YORK CITY OPERA REPERTOIRE


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    New York City Opera (NYCO), under the direction of Michael Capasso, General Director, has announced that it will celebrate its 75th Anniversary with a free concert in Bryant Park on Monday, September 9 at 6pm.  The anniversary concert, which will be the finale to Bryant Park Picnic Performances presented by Bank of America, will feature soloists Kevin Short, Lisa Chavez, Glenn Seven Allen, Mark Rucker, Brandie Sutton, Won Whi Choi, Kristin Sampson, Christopher Job, Inna Dukach, Michael Corvino, Lianne Gennaco, Peter Kendall Clark, and Joanna Mongiardo, backed by a 30-member chorus,  accompanied by a 30-piece orchestra led by a quartet of conductors: Carolyn Kuan, James Meena, Gil Rose, and James Lowe.  The celebratory concert will be narrated by Mr. Capasso.


    Founded 75 years ago by Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia as “The People’s Opera,” New York City Opera has held a long tradition of producing new work and has launched the careers of dozens of major artists.  While presenting engaging productions of both mainstream and unusual opera alongside commissions and regional premieres, NYCO has adhered to its unique mission:  affordable tickets prices and a devotion to American works and English-language performance, establishing itself as a uniquely American opera company of international stature.   Over its 75 years NYCO has commissioned more new American operas than any other company.
    

    Part One of the evening will feature excerpts from European opera connected to the history of the company.  The program will open with the overture and selections from Carmen, and will include arias from such works as The Merry Widow, La Rondine and Tosca, which was the company’s opening production in 1944.  Part One will also feature singers Mark Rucker and Brandie Sutton in a tribute to Todd Duncan and Camilla Williams, the first African-American artists to perform leading roles with a major American opera company when they performed in early NYCO productions.  Mr. Rucker and Ms. Sutton will perform arias from the works which marked these historical milestones -- Pagliacci (Mr. Duncan in 1945) and Madama Butterfly (Ms. Williams in 1946).


    Part Two, which will be devoted to the company’s rich history of performing American opera, will open with the chorale finale to NYCO’s recent world premiere production of Iain Bell and Mark Campbell’s Stonewall  followed by selections from The Crucible, The Ballad of Baby Doe, Susannah, Emmeline,  and will culminate in a performance of “Make Our Garden Grow” from Leonard Bernstein’s Candide.


“New York City Opera was founded as The Peoples Opera,“ said NYCO General Director Michael Capasso.  “I can see no better way to celebrate this historic anniversary than bringing it to the people of New York free of charge in a magnificent setting as a gift to the people and the City.”

Bryant Park Picnic Performances presented by Bank of America is a series of free music, theater and dance performances in Bryant Park with no dress code, no tickets, and no lines.  At each event the park lends out picnic blankets for audience members to spread out and relax while enjoying the Lawn.  In addition, each event has beer, wine, and food for purchase.