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New York City Opera Gala

It is our honor to invite you to the first annual American Opera Hall of Fame Awards Gala This fall at The Mandarin Oriental New York.

Join us in raising our glasses to toast this year’s inductees: Julius Rudel, Beverly Sills, Martina Arroyo, Carlisle Floyd and corporate honoree Duane Morris, LLP. More than 70 years after being famously dubbed “The People’s Opera” by Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia, City Opera renews its historic mission to inspire audiences with innovative and theatrically compelling opera, nurture the work of promising American artists, and build new audiences through affordable ticket prices and extensive outreach and education programs.


We hope you can be an integral part of this event, honoring our wonderful inductees and celebrating the American Opera legacy.


Julius Rudel

During his 22-year tenure as City Opera’s General Manager, Maestro Julius Rudel took what was a struggling troupe to prodigious heights, establishing it as a great American Opera company.



The peerless American coloratura soprano Beverly Sills, electrified the City Opera stage in countless performances before taking the helm of the company, expanding its reputation as the pre-eminent venue for burgeoning American talent.

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Carlisle Floyd

Best known for his American masterpiece Susannah composer Carlisle Floyd is among our nation’s most celebrated composers for the stage.


Martina arroyo

Kennedy Center Honoree Martina Arroyo headlined in the world’s most prestigious theaters over the course of her remarkable performing career, and her impact continues today through her tireless work as an educator and advocate for young talent.

Duane Morris

Duane Morris LLP’s pro-bono work on behalf of City Opera was essential to the company’s transition out of bankruptcy and back onto the stage.