Parks Series

Carmen

May 14, 2018: Bryant Park Upper Terrace

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The innkeeper Lillas Pastia narrates the tempestuous story of the irresistible seductress Carmen and her hapless lover Don José in this hour-long presentation of highlights from Bizet’s beloved opera. Offered to the New York public free-of-charge, this presentation is a perfect introduction to opera for newcomers of any age.

Carmen: Elise Quagliata
Don José: Jason Karn
Escamillo: Gustavo Feulien
Micaëla: Daria Somers
Frasquita: Stacy Dove
Mercédès: Kristee Haney
Lillas Pastia: Jacob Russo

Bryant Park

Between Fifth and Sixth Avenues,
40th and 42nd Streets,
New York, New York 10018


Madama Butterfly

June 13, 2018: Bryant Park Upper Terrace

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Giacomo Puccini composed some of his greatest music for this tragic story of an abandoned geisha bride.

Bryant Park

Between Fifth and Sixth Avenues,
40th and 42nd Streets,
New York, New York 10018


The Crucible

August 28, 2018: Bryant Park Upper Terrace

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

City Opera presents a preview of its season-opening production of this American classic composed by Robert Ward and based on Arthur Miller’s award-winning play.

Bryant Park

Between Fifth and Sixth Avenues,
40th and 42nd Streets,
New York, New York 10018


Barber of Seville

September 17, 2018: Bryant Park Upper Terrace

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Gioachino Rossini’s sparkling music animates the hijinks of Figaro, opera’s most famous barber.

Bryant Park

Between Fifth and Sixth Avenues,
40th and 42nd Streets,
New York, New York 10018


Past Performances


La Fanciulla del West

August 22, 2017

For the third performance in the ongoing Bryant Park Presents New York City Opera series, New York City Opera will present a free preview of its upcoming production of Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West. Based on American playwright David Belasco‘s The Girl of the Golden West, the opera, set in a mining camp during the California Gold Rush, has been a favorite of New York audiences since its sensational premiere at the Metropolitan Opera in 1910. A master of atmospheric setting, Puccini seamlessly incorporated American folk music with his own Italianate lyricism and brilliant orchestration to animate the passion and adventure of this evocative drama.

Bryant Park

Between Fifth and Sixth Avenues,
40th and 42nd Streets,
New York, New York 10018


La Cenerentola

June 13, 2017

La Cenerentola by Gioachino Rossini (excerpts). The timeless, beloved tale of Cinderella all wrapped up with some of Rossini’s finest vocal writing.

Bryant Park

Between Fifth and Sixth Avenues,
40th and 42nd Streets,
New York, New York 10018

*Artwork by Caitlin Mathes


Picnic with Puccini

September 27, 2016

New York City Opera presents an evening of soaring love duets from the unrivaled master of romance, Giacomo Puccini. Taken from his three most beloved operas La bohème, Madama Butterfly, and Tosca, these passionate masterworks are performed in costume by stars of City Opera’s upcoming season.

Bryant Park

Between Fifth and Sixth Avenues,
40th and 42nd Streets,
New York, New York 10018


Florencia in Bryant Park

June 17, 2016


Carmen in Bryant Park

July 29, 2016 6:30 PM

The innkeeper Lillas Pastia narrates the tempestuous story of the irresistible seductress Carmen and her hapless lover Don José in this hour-long presentation of highlights from Bizet’s beloved opera. Offered to the New York public free-of-charge, this presentation is a perfect introduction to opera for newcomers of any age.

Bryant Park

Between Fifth and Sixth Avenues,
40th and 42nd Streets,
New York, New York 10018


Pagliacci in Bryant Park

August 18, 2016 12:30 PM

Bryant Park

Between Fifth and Sixth Avenues,
40th and 42nd Streets,
New York, New York 10018