New York City Opera cuts back to two staged operas in 2019-20

Posted on: June 25, 2019

“The financially challenged New York City Opera will have another reduced schedule for its 2019-20 season, which will be limited to just two staged productions plus several concerts that total nine or 10 performances,” reads an unsigned Friday (6/21) Associated Press article. “General director Michael Capasso’s original plan when the company emerged from bankruptcy in January 2016 called for 72 performances of 13 operas in 2018-19 to mark the company’s 75th anniversary. City Opera had cut its schedule at the 1,185-capacity Rose Theater from 16 performances of four operas in 2017-18 to just five performances of one opera this season, plus several works in smaller venues.” This June 21 to 28, New York City Opera is giving the world premiere performances of Iain Bell and Mark Campbell’s Stonewall, which the company commissioned to mark the 50th anniversary of the gay-rights uprising. Next season will include the American premiere of Juan Duran’s O Arame, Manuel de Falla’s El Amor Brujo, Pietro Mascagni’s Isabeau, a 75th-anniversary concert in Bryant Park, a concert version of Benjamin Britten’s Gloriana, and “a June 19 concert next year with Patricia Racette as part of an annual series to coincide with Pride Month.”

Posted June 25, 2019