New York Opera Alliance announces April 27 Kickoff Event for the inaugural New York Opera Fest

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New York Opera Alliance announces April 27 Kickoff Event for the inaugural New York Opera Fest

Event will honor Fred Plotkin of WQXR for his exceptional service to the NYC opera community, and will feature performances from festival participants
April 8, 2016 – NEW YORK, NY – The New York Opera Alliance (NYOA) will officially launch their first annual New York Opera Festival with a kickoff event on Wednesday April 27th, from 6-8pm, at Marc A. Scorca Hall in OPERA America’s National Opera Center (330 Seventh Ave at 29th St). The event will honor Fred Plotkin of WQXR’s Operavore ( – !/people/fred-plotkin/) for his exceptional service to the NYC opera community, and will also feature performances from the following NY Opera Fest participants:

  • Bronx Opera, Rossini’s Cinderella (La cenerentola)
  • On Site Opera, Marcos Portugal’s The Marriage of Figaro
  • Opera Upper West, Menotti’s The Telephone
  • Regina Opera, Puccini’s Manon Lescaut

The event is free and open to the public, though attendees must RSVP by April 20 at the following link:

The inaugural New York Opera Fest ( will take place May-June, 2016, with over 20 New York City-based companies putting on events in venues ranging from bars to playgrounds to traditional theaters. In addition to performances, the festival will showcase behind-the-scenes events where the public can attend open rehearsals, forums, showcases, and masterclasses featuring some of opera’s brightest emerging talents.

With the New York Opera Fest, the Alliance will show that opera is not just a great catalogue of works, but a living, breathing community of people who produce new work, develop new artists, and engage with youth and the community. The festival is a chance for New Yorkers to discover the variety and creativity of our local opera companies.

For more info, full schedule and tickets, visit:

The New York Opera Alliance works in partnership with OPERA America, the national service organization for opera and the nation’s leading advocate for American opera, based in New York City.


American Opera Projects presents Composers & The Voice: First Glimpse.
A showcase of the next generation of composers and librettists.

Ardea Arts presents “BOUNCE: The Basketball Opera”
Performed on an actual basketball court, BOUNCE is grounded in contemporary issues facing today’s youth.

Bronx Opera presents Rossini’s “Cinderella.”
Rossini’s classic, performed in English to close BxO’s 49th season.

Center for Contemporary Opera presents “The Wild Beast of the Bungalow.”
A new work by Rachel Peters and Royce Vavrek, part of CCO’s Development Series.

Chelsea Opera presents “Puccini: the Man and His Music” and “Suor Angelica.”
An evening of Puccini, looking at both the man himself and his timeless music.

Create Opera presents “Elektra.”
Exploring the complex and intense score of Richard Strauss’s masterpiece “Elektra.”

Experiments in Opera presents Video Operas.
A collection of five premiere works created specifically for the big screen.

Hunter Opera Theater presents Jake Heggie’s “At the Statue of Venus.”
Accompanied by several opera shorts by composer Richard Burke.

Hunter Opera Theater presents Opera & Musical Theater Scenes Program.
Comparative scenes in opera and musical theater performed by Hunter College students.

Manhattan School of Music Opera Theater presents a French Double Bill.
Featuring Ibert’s “Persée et Andromède” and Ravel’s “L’Enfant et les sortilèges.”

On Site Opera presents North American premiere of Portugal’s “The Marriage of Figaro.”
A site-specific production of Beaumarchais beloved comedy at the opulent West Village townhouse 632 on Hudson.

OPERA America presents Emerging Artist Recital Series: Jensen Foundation Competition Winner, Baritone John Brancy.
OPERA America’s Emerging Artist Recital Series in the intimate Marc A. Scorca Hall.

Opera Breve presents an audition workshop.
A showcase of selections from opera and musical theater.

Opera Lafayette presents “Opera and the French Revolution.”
Featuring the Greek tragedies of “Sapho,” “Medée,” and “Œdipe à Colone.”

Opera on Tap presents Home Brewed Opera Series.
An immersive operatic concert in a casual bar setting – have a Stella with your Strauss!

Opera on Tap presents New Brew Series.
Curated concerts of new music, with a focus on music written by local composers.

Opera on Tap presents Playground Opera Series.
A program immersing students in the creation, production and performance of an opera – all on their school playground.

Opera Upper West presents two classic 20th Century operas.
Poulenc’s “Le voix humane” and Menotti’s “The Telephone,” seen through a modern prism.

operamission presents Handel’s “Rinaldo.”
Handel’s first London opera from 1711, presented in concert on original instruments.

Paula Kimper Ensemble presents “Patience and Sarah – A Pioneering Love Story.”
A revival of Paula Kimper’s opera, with two staged concert performances for Pride Week.

Martina Arroyo Foundation’s Prelude to Performance presents a Masterclass and Highlights Concert.
A masterclass and concert with Martina Arroyo’s young artists.

Regina Opera presents Puccini’s “Manon Lescaut.”
Puccini’s first international success, presented up-close in an intimate setting.

Rhymes With Opera presents world premiere of “Adams Run.”
A new video opera from composer Ruby Fulton and librettist Baynard Wood.

Spectrum Symphony of New York, New York Baroque Dance Co, and Deborah Mason present “Alexander Pope’s The Rape of the Lock Opera-Oratorio.”
Alexander Pope’s exquisite poetry set to music in a modern madrigal style.

Vertical Player Repertory presents the North American premiere of Giovanni Pacini’s “Malvina di Scozia.”
Pacini’s controversial opera based on a true story. Its first performance in over 150 years.

**Additional NY Opera Fest Events will be announced at a later date. Please visit for updates.**

The New York Opera Alliance ( is a consortium of New York opera companies and producers established to enhance and support the visibility and viability of opera organizations, and to ensure that New Yorkers are better informed about the breadth, depth and vitality of New York City’s opera-producing community. NYOA aspires to increase awareness of participating organizations, share ideas and resources, and facilitate collaborative projects. Founded in 2011, NYOA has grown from four organizations to 37 strong. Since 2013, NYOA has been fiscally sponsored by OPERA America.

OPERA America ( leads and serves the entire opera community, supporting the creation, presentation and enjoyment of opera. Artistic services help opera companies and creative and performing artists to improve the quality of productions and increase the creation and presentation of North American works. Information, technical and administrative services to opera companies reflect the need for strengthened leadership among staff, trustees and volunteers. Education, audience development and community services are designed to enhance all forms of opera appreciation. OPERA America provides organizational and project support to NYOA, through convenings, facilitated discussion, professional development leadership and access to OPERA America member resources.


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