Past Productions

2017/18 Season

BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN
NEW PRODUCTION - U.S. PREMIERE
BY CHARLES WUORINEN
BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN
May 31 and June 2, 3 and 4, 2018
After successful premieres in Europe, this intrinsically American work exploring conflict between love and identity finally debuts in the U.S. Inspired by the 2005 blockbuster film, American composer Charles Wuorinen approached author Annie Proulx to adapt her short story into an opera. This production, led by conductor Kazem Abdullah, is the second production in City Opera's LGBT Pride Initiative. This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
*2017-2018 PAST PRODUCTIONS*</br></br>LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST
BY GIACOMO PUCCINI
*2017-2018 PAST PRODUCTIONS*

LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST
September 6, 8, 10 and 12, 2017
A favorite of New York audiences since its premiere in 1910, the brilliant orchestration and lyricism of La Fanciulla del West animate the passion and adventure of the California Gold Rush. Considered by Puccini himself to be among his finest works, City Opera's new production, directed by Ivan Stefanutti and conducted by James Meena, is an international collaboration between the Teatro di Giglio in Lucca, Italy, the Teatro Lirico in Cagliari, Sardinia, and Opera Carolina.
DOLORES CLAIBORNE
NEW CHAMBER ADAPTATION
NEW YORK PREMIERE
BY TOBIAS PICKER
DOLORES CLAIBORNE
October 22, 24, 26, 28 and 29, 2017
Hailed at its premiere by Opera News as "a significant new work...a triumph for all concerned," the impact of Stephen King's psychodrama is heightened in this intimate, new adaptation of Tobias Picker's opera. New York City Opera Principal Conductor Pacien Mazzagatti leads the production directed by Michael Capasso.
Dominick Argento's 90th Birthday
FALL CONCERT:
Dominick Argento's 90th Birthday
Thursday, November 9, 2017
New York City Opera celebrates Dominick Argento's 90th birthday with a concert performance of his two one-act operas: Miss Havisham's Wedding Night, and A Water Bird Talk at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall. The composer of fourteen operas and numerous song cycles, choral pieces, and orchestral works, Argento has been one of America's leading composers for over six decades.
Cruzar la Cara de la Luna
NEW YORK PREMIERE
BY JOSE 'PEPE' MARTINEZ
Cruzar la Cara de la Luna
January 25, 26, 27 and 28, 2018
The world's first mariachi opera, this timely story of an immigrant family divided by the U.S./Mexican border has earned raves from critics and audiences worldwide. City Opera proudly presents the New York Premiere of Cruzar la Cara de la Luna (To Cross the Face of the Moon) as the third installment in our Ópera en Español series.
Anna Caterina Antonacci
WINTER CONCERT:
Anna Caterina Antonacci
Tuesday, February 20 & Wednesday, February 21, 2018
City Opera presents the great Italian soprano Anna Caterina Antonacci in recital with pianist Donald Sulzen in her only U.S. appearance of the season. Ms. Antonacci is recognized as one of today's leading singing actresses, triumphing in her diverse repertoire which includes some of opera's most challenging roles.
IL PIGMALIONE </br><small>BY GAETANO DONIZETTI</small><br/>PIGMALION </br><small>BY JEAN-PHILIPPE RAMEAU</small>
NEW PRODUCTION DOUBLE BILL - NEW YORK PREMIERE OF DONIZETTI'S FIRST OPERA
IL PIGMALIONE
BY GAETANO DONIZETTI
PIGMALION
BY JEAN-PHILIPPE RAMEAU
March 24 and 25, 2018
The myth of Pygmalion, the artist who begs Venus to animate his sculpture of the ideal female form, inspired both Donizetti's first opera and one of Rameau's most revered masterworks. For the first time in New York, these one-act gems are brought together in the same program.
L'AMORE DEI TRE RE
BY ITALO MONTEMEZZI
L'AMORE DEI TRE RE
April 12, 13, 14 and 15, 2018
Montemezzi's seldom-heard masterwork is fueled by a lush score influenced by Wagner and Debussy. General Director Michael Capasso's production is set in 1940's Italy, and features a cast of City Opera veterans and new artists making their American debut. City Opera's new production of L'Amore dei Tre Re (The Love of Three Kings), conducted by Pacien Mazzagatti, will be the first performance in New York City in over a decade.

2016/17 Season

Angels in America
Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater
Angels in America
June 10, 12, 14, and 16, 2017
New York City Opera closes its season with the New York Premiere of Péter Eötvös's Angels in America, based on the play by Tony Kushner. This operatic adaptation of the groundbreaking, Pulitzer Prize-winning drama distills the two-night, seven-hour work into a single, powerful evening.
Aleko / Pagliacci
Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater
Aleko / Pagliacci
September 8, 10, 11, and 13, 2016
City Opera opens the 2016-17 season with a double bill of the ever-popular Pagliacci, and Rachmaninoff's rarely heard Aleko. In both of these blood-soaked melodramas, jealous love triangles plummet to violent ends.
Pasión Latina <small style='color:#898989'>New York City Opera Concert Series</small>
Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Appel Room
Pasión Latina New York City Opera Concert Series
October 26, 2016
Plácido Domingo Jr., Luz Del Alba Rubio and Fernando Pirez Lenzuén celebrate rich and diverse musical traditions from across Latin America.
Fallujah <small style='color:#898989'>Chamber Opera Series</small>
The Duke on 42nd Street, A New 42nd Street® Project
Fallujah Chamber Opera Series
November 17, 18, 19, and 20, 2016
This pungent, searing chamber opera from Canadian composer Tobin Stokes and Iraqi-American librettist Heather Raffo is inspired by USMC Sergeant Christian Ellis’s tour of duty and subsequent struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder. The first opera written about the Iraq War, its 2016 premiere by Long Beach Opera was praised by the LA Times for “bringing awareness through heightened emotion in ways only opera can.”
Candide
Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater
Candide
January 11, 12, 13, 14 (x2), and 15, 2017
The legendary Harold Prince directs a new production of Bernstein's perennial favorite Candide, which premiered at New York City Opera under his direction in 1982 and became a staple of the company's repertoire.

Run Time: 2 hours 5 minutes, including one 15 minute intermission.
Valentine's Concert <small style='color:#898989'>New York City Opera Concert Series</small>
Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Appel Room
Valentine's Concert New York City Opera Concert Series
February 14, 2017
City ​O​pera presents a ​romantic​ evening of song in the beautiful Appel Room.
La campana sommersa
Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater
La campana sommersa
March 31, April 1, 4, and 5, 2017
Not heard on a New York stage since 1929, Ottorino Respighi's La Campana Sommersa inspired lavish and colorful orchestration from the famed composer of The Pines of Rome.
Los Elementos <small style='color:#898989'>Chamber Opera Series</small>
Harlem Stage
Los Elementos Chamber Opera Series
May 4, 5, 6, and 7, 2017
The second installment in City Opera’s Ópera en Español series explores the very beginnings of Spanish-language opera with the American premiere of Literes’s circa 1706 work Los Elementos. The distinctive melodic contours and lively rhythms of the Spanish Baroque animate Earth, Air, Fire, and Water in this allegorical drama.

2015/16 Season

Florencia en el Amazonas
Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater
Florencia en el Amazonas
June 22, 23, 25, and 26, 2016
After 20 years of thrilling audiences across the country, Florencia en el Amazonas makes its City Opera premiere at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Rose Theater.
Hopper's Wife
Harlem Stage
Hopper's Wife
April 28-May 1, 2016
Called “brave, bold and important” by the LA Times, Stewart Wallace and Michael Korie’s challenging, erotically-charged opera audaciously charts new territory in music drama.
New York City Opera Concerts
Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Appel Room
New York City Opera Concerts
March 16, 2016
New York City Opera Concerts debut March 16 in the Appel Room, Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall. The program includes music by J.S. Bach, Zemlinsky, Korngold, and Golijov, and features the world premiere of David Hertzberg’s "Sunday Morning".
Tosca
Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater
Tosca
January 20 - 24, 2016
Witness operatic history as the revitalized New York City Opera returns to the stage with the opera that launched its 1944 inaugural season, Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca.