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December 27, 2016 New York City Opera’s Road Back — An Interview with General Director Michael Capasso Next week, New York City Opera continues its season with a Hal Prince mounting of Candide. From 1943 to 2013, NYCO had sat beside the Met as New York’s other full-time repertory opera company. This production is the third in the first post-bankruptcy season, a season designed by General Director Michael Capasso on a production strategy meant to bring the company back to relevancy.   Read More
November 2, 2016 New York City Opera announces the cast for Leonard Bernstein’s Candide New York City Opera is thrilled to announce the cast for its January 2017 production of Leonard Bernstein’s Candide directed by legendary Broadway visionary Harold Prince and choreographed by Patricia Birch.   Read More Buy Tickets
October 5, 2016 New York City Opera Receives $1 Million Matching Challenge. Every Contribution Made Through December 31, 2016 Will Be Doubled Until $1 Million Gift Is Exhausted. An exciting announcement comes today from Michael Capasso, General Director, New York City Opera: “An anonymous donor has generously offered a $1 Million Matching Challenge to The People’s Opera! We have accepted the challenge and this is an extraordinary opportunity for all of us. Every gift we receive until the end of the year will be doubled. This means any amount donated from today through December 31, 2016 will have twice the impact!” For more information or to donate please:   Read More
May 26, 2016 The Resurrected New York City Opera's Ambitious New Season When the New York City Opera (NYCO) announced its final performances and imminent bankruptcy in September 2013, opera lovers, not just in Manhattan, were shocked. How could a 70-year-old company, dubbed "The People's Opera," which nurtured the careers of emerging stars like Beverly Sills and Plácido Domingo, fall so far and suddenly cease to be?   Read More
May 24, 2016 New York City Opera to Join Forces With Harold Prince Next Season The group resurrecting New York City Opera from bankruptcy announced on Tuesday that it would be collaborating with an important figure from the company’s past: the director Harold Prince, who plans to stage Leonard Bernstein’s “Candide” next season. “It’s all about City Opera: I want the people’s opera back in New York,” said Mr. Prince, 88, who directed a number of celebrated productions for the old City Opera, including the well received company premiere of “Candide” in 1982, which helped change perceptions of the piece.   Read More
May 24, 2016 NEW YORK CITY OPERA ANNOUNCES 2016 - 17 SEASON New York City Opera General Director Michael Capasso today announced the 2016-17 season of City Opera, a full season of new productions, concerts, and presentations for the “people’s opera.” New York City Opera will offer five operas (including a double bill) at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater; two chamber operas, including a Spanish baroque work at Harlem Stage as part of its Ópera en Español series, and New York City Opera Concerts at The Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center. New York City Opera Orchestra will be featured in every opera and concert.   Read More
April 15, 2016 Michael Capasso and the rebirth of the New York City Opera Music, an integral part of the Italian who migrates, makes its way through the generations of a new youth, like a gentle reminder and an historical and cultural identity that excites and inspires modern paths of personal development. With his grandparents and great-grandparents from the Campania region as accomplices, the New Yorker, Michael Capasso, at the age of seven develops a passion for the classics and for the Neapolitan language. He begins by asking questions and listening to recordings of the legendary voice of Enrico Caruso.   Read More
March 31, 2016 New York Premiere of Hopper’s Wife March 31, 2016 — New York City Opera presents the New York premiere of Hopper’s Wife by composer Stewart Wallace, set to a libretto by Michael Korie. This production also marks the East Coast premiere of the opera. Performances take place at Harlem Stage on April 28, 29, 30 and May 1, 2016.

Michael Capasso, General Director, New York City Opera, says “I am delighted to present Hopper's Wife as the first work in our multi-season series of chamber operas. I was introduced to this fascinating opera when it was in development twenty years ago, and feel it is the ideal piece to launch this new series. Stewart Wallace and Michael Korie have a distinguished history with City Opera, and we are thrilled to be presenting their groundbreaking work. This production also marks the beginning of an exciting co-production relationship with Chicago Opera Theater and Long Beach Opera.”   Read More
February 22, 2016 SEASON ANNOUNCEMENT - NEW YORK CITY OPERA RETURNS WITH THREE PREMIERES New York City Opera General Director Michael Capasso today announced the remainder of the 2016 season. New York City Opera will present three major premieres including the world premiere of “Sunday Morning” by David Hertzberg as part of the inaugural New York City Opera Concerts at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Appel Room on March 16; the East Coast premiere of Stewart Wallace and Michael Korie’s Hopper’s Wife presented at Harlem Stage in April 2016 and the New York City professional premiere of Daniel Catán’s Florencia en el Amazonas at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater in June 2016. Florencia en el Amazonas launches Spanish-language Opera Series, Ópera en Español.   Read More
February 22, 2016 NEW YORK TIMES - NEW YORK CITY OPERA UNVEILS REST OF SEASON New York City Opera... said on Monday that it would stage Daniel Catán’s “Florencia en el Amazonas” in June at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater as part of a new Spanish-language opera series.

The reorganized company, which began its first, abbreviated season last month with a consciously old-fashioned production of Puccini’s “Tosca” as a nod to the first work City Opera performed in 1944, chose “Florencia” and two other contemporary pieces to round out the season.

It will present the East Coast premiere of “Hopper’s Wife” — a 1997 chamber opera by Stewart Wallace that imagines a marriage between the painter Edward Hopper and the gossip columnist Hedda Hopper — at Harlem Stage from April 28 through May 1.

And on March 16 it will inaugurate a new concert series at the Appel Room in Jazz at Lincoln Center with the premiere of David Hertzberg’s “Sunday Morning”.   Read More
January 16, 2016 THE NEW YORKER - LEAP OF FAITH, AN AMBITIOUS ORGANIZATION TRIES TO REBOOT “THE PEOPLE’S OPERA.” The tentative return of City Opera will take place at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theatre, the moderately sized and acoustically satisfying venue at Columbus Circle, which the organization is renting for a staging of “Tosca” (Jan. 20-24). “Our goal is to reëngage by returning the company to a Lincoln Center venue, because the audience liked to associate the company with a permanent location,” Capasso says. But will they bite? Those who long for Franco Zeffirelli’s sumptuously conservative production of Puccini’s masterpiece, which the Met replaced with the austerely modernist Luc Bondy staging in 2009, might well be cheered by the NYCO Renaissance production: to evoke the three specific Roman locations in which the composer set each act, the organization has partnered with the Archivio Storico Ricordi, in Milan, to re-create the costumes and décor designed by the great Adolfo Hohenstein for the opera’s world première, in 1900. The two casts for the run will include established up-and-comers (the tenor James Valenti and the soprano Latonia Moore), young unknowns, and even a respected veteran (the baritone Carlo Guelfi)—just as the old City Opera would have done. For anyone in New York who loves opera, attendance is mandatory.   Read More
January 12, 2016 WALL STREET JOURNAL - JUDGE OKS CITY OPERA’S REVIVAL PLAN The New York City Opera will sing again.

More than two years after it ran out of money and had to shut down midseason, the cultural institution known as “the people’s opera” won approval of its plan to exit bankruptcy and re-launch performances under the control of an organization headed by hedge-fund manager Roy Niederhoffer.

Judge Sean Lane of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan approved the opera’s plan Tuesday afternoon, saying he was happy to confirm the plan of “a beloved and important cultural institution.”   Read More
January 12, 2016 NEW YORK TIMES - NEW YORK CITY OPERA WILL RETURN, AND SOON, UNDER REORGANIZATION PLAN New York City Opera is coming back under new management.

The venerable opera company — which filed for bankruptcy protection in 2013 after a series of missteps left it unable to put on its season — will soon be revived in a different form under a reorganization plan confirmed Tuesday by Judge Sean H. Lane of United States Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan.

The group taking over the company, NYCO Renaissance, hopes to use the City Opera name by next week, when it plans to present Puccini’s “Tosca” on Jan. 20-24 at the Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center. If all goes smoothly, company officials said, they hope their new “Tosca” can be billed a co-production of NYCO Renaissance and City Opera. The plan calls for putting on annual seasons.   Read More
December 17, 2015 NYCO RENAISSANCE PRESENTS A NEW PRODUCTION OF GIACOMO PUCCINI'S TOSCA American Premiere of the Stage and Costume Designs from the Original Production
Six Performances January 20-24, 2016 at
Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall

NYCO Renaissance pays tribute to New York City Opera with six performances of a new production of Tosca, January 20–24, 2016 at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall, Time Warner Center, New York City.

Giacomo Puccini’s three-act melodrama with its vivid Roman tableaux—the Church of Sant’Andrea della Valle, the Palazzo Farnese, and Castel Sant’Angelo—comes to brilliant life in this staging, based on Adolf Hohenstein’s striking set and costume designs for the original production that premiered at Rome’s Teatro Costanzi in 1900. For the first time outside of Italy, American audiences will be able to take in Hohenstein’s majestic Roman setting, produced with the documentary resources and cooperation of the Archivio Storico Ricordi in Milan. John Farrell serves as associate stage designer and Ildikó Debrezceni as associate costume designer. Director Lev Pugliese, making his American debut, directs the production.   Read More
December 2, 2015 A GROUP CEDES ITS BID TO REVIVE CITY OPERA TO A RIVAL The long, tangled court battle between two groups seeking to revive the bankrupt New York City Opera came to an end on Wednesday afternoon when one group withdrew its proposal and cleared the way for its rival to try to bring back the beloved opera company.

Gene Kaufman, an architect and one of the suitors who has been vying to reorganize and take control of City Opera, withdrew as part of a negotiated settlement that calls for granting his group $300,000, according to a court filing. The move made it almost certain that the next chapter in the company’s history would be written by NYCO Renaissance, a group backed by Roy G. Niederhoffer, an investment manager who served on the old City Opera board.   Read More
December 2, 2015 CITY OPERA PLAN MOVES FORWARD Peace broke out Wednesday between parties competing for the right to revive New York City Opera.

Two years after the company known as “the people’s opera” shut down, its bankruptcy case will move forward with a plan to pay creditors and hand control of the opera to an organization headed by hedge-fund manager Roy Niederhoffer, a former City Opera board member.   Read More
November 16, 2015 PRIMA DELLA PRIMA: TOSCA Join us for an exclusive preview of NYCO Renaissance's first fully staged production. This festive evening will include performances by members of the cast and a presentation of the opera's iconic costume and set designs.  
November 11, 2015 EFFORT TO REVIVE CITY OPERA INCLUDES A 'TOSCA' STAGING NYCO Renaissance announced Wednesday that it would mount Puccini’s “Tosca” — the first production City Opera ever did, back in 1944 — Jan. 20-24 at the Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center, which is in the Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle.

“In a tribute to the history of City Opera, it was my idea from the very beginning that the relaunch of City Opera should be with ‘Tosca,’” Michael Capasso, the nascent company’s general director, said in an interview. His concept has changed a bit: The group originally hoped to mount a lavish production by Franco Zeffirelli but now plans to use a historical, more economical one based on the designs Adolf Hohenstein created for the opera’s premiere in 1900 in Rome.   Read More
October 6, 2015 PLAN TO REVIVE NEW YORK CITY OPERA HAS CREDITORS’ BACKING More than two years have passed since New York City Opera filed for bankruptcy, leaving in its wake large debts and a legal battle between two rival groups hoping to revive it. Now one of them has won the backing of an important constituency: the creditors who are owed money in the bankruptcy case.

The group — which is called NYCO Renaissance and is led by Roy G. Niederhoffer, an investment manager, and Michael Capasso, an opera producer — was joined by the official committee of unsecured creditors in the case, in a proposal to reorganize City Opera that was filed late Monday in United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. The filing said that their plan was “in the best interests of the debtor’s estate and creditors.”   Read More
June 22, 2015 ROY NIEDERHOFFER PROMOTES NYCO RENAISSANCE WITH EUROPEAN TOUR NYCO Renaissance Chairman Roy Niederhoffer will take 10 opera singers on European tour, performing a condensed version of Bizet’s "Carmen."   Read More
May 15, 2015 NYCO RENAISSANCE SUPPORTERS ENJOY "CARMEN" PERFORMANCE EVENT NYCO Renaissance supporters joined Michael Capasso, Roy Niederhoffer, and host David Drake in New York City for a private performance of "Carmen," condensed into an intense 60 minute version for the occasion.   View Gallery
May 3, 2015 NYCO RENAISSANCE OPERA FOR KIDS EVENT: "LA CENERENTOLA" Honoring its commitment to opera education, NYCO Renaissance presented a one hour version of Rossini’s masterpiece "La Cenerentola." At each ‘Opera for Kids’ performance, children are introduced to the fundamentals of opera through selected scenes performed with sets, costumes, and piano accompaniment. A narrator elucidates the plot, hints at the complexities of the theatre’s stagecraft, and after each performance the children participate in a lively exchange with the singers and crew.   View Gallery
March 10, 2015 JULIUS RUDEL GALA BENEFITS CITY OPERA REVIVAL HOPES The beloved conductor Julius Rudel, who died last June at 93, could not abide the idea of a memorial for himself. He made this clear to his son, Anthony Rudel, who shared his father’s thoughts with the audience that packed Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater on Monday night for a concert to celebrate Julius Rudel’s life and work, particularly his pioneering 22-year tenure as general director and principal conductor of New York City Opera.   Read More
March 10, 2015 SOLD-OUT NYCO RENAISSANCE GALA CELEBRATES EFFORT TO RETURN THE PEOPLE'S OPERA TO NEW YORK The voice of the people sang and spoke out last night in Jazz at Lincoln Center's Rose Theater, Appel Room and Ertegun Atrium. Many of the world's finest musicians, and many of the finest citizens of NYC assembled to celebrate an effort to return "The People's Opera" to New York. They did so in a Gala Concert and Dinner to honor the life of the late Maestro Julius Rudel, who was the Opera's General Director and Principal Conductor from 1957 to 1979.   Read More
February 6, 2015 NYCO RENAISSANCE TO HOST GALA IN HONOR OF JULIUS RUDEL, 3/9 NYCO Renaissance Ltd. has partnered with the Rudel family to celebrate the illustrious career of Maestro Julius Rudel and his invaluable contribution to the New York City Opera as principal conductor and director for 22 years from 1957 to 1979.   Read More
February 4, 2015 GLITTERING ARRAY OF OPERA STARS INCLUDING DAVID DANIELS, MARK DELAVAN, PLACIDO DOMINGO, CHRISTINE GOERKE, JAMES MORRIS, SAMUEL RAMEY, FREDERICA VON STADE—AND MULTI-PLATINUM LEGEND STING—TO PERFORM NYCO Renaissance was pleased to learn earlier this morning that the Board of the New York City Opera has determined that NYCO Renaissances bid was the winning bid submitted at the auction that concluded on Tuesday evening.   Read More
January 22, 2015 NEW YORK CITY OPERA SELECTS INVESTOR GROUP TO REVIVE OPERA The board of the shuttered New York City Opera selected an investor group's $1.25 million offer as the winner in a battle over the right to revive the opera, but an objection from the losing bidder means the drama playing out in bankruptcy court isn't over yet.   Read More