THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE
Summer 2021: Bryant Park Upper Terrace
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
In 1980s New York, five African American and Latino teenagers were in the wrong place at the wrong time. They were unjustly convicted of a Central Park rape but exonerated through DNA evidence thirteen years later. Even more than 30 years after the initial events occurred, Composer Anthony Davis and Librettist Richard Wesley’s opera is a passionate story about an issue that still rocks America today.
The Central Park Five was commissioned by and had its west coast debut at the Long Beach Opera on June 15, 2019 through funding from OPERA America’s Opera Fund.
THE GARDEN OF THE FINZI-CONTINIS
January 2022: National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
A co-production with NATIONAL YIDDISH THEATRE FOLKSBIENE
*World Premiere in January of 2022
Based on Giorgio Bassani’s 1962 novel, (considered a modern classic which is also the basis for Vittorio De Sica’s 1970 film adaptation starring Dominique Sanda and Helmet Berger – a 1972 Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language Film), THE GARDEN OF THE FINZI-CONTINIS is set on the eve of World War II and tells the story of an aristocratic Italian-Jewish family, the Finzi-Continis, who believe they will be immune to the changes happening around them.