Featuring a special performance by Placido Domingo
Seventy years ago, on February 21, 1944, New York City Opera first opened its doors with a performance of Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca at New York City Center. New York City Mayor Fiorello La Guardia, one of the company’s founders, dubbed NYCO “The People’s Opera,” in recognition of the company’s mission to make opera accessible to all. The beloved company went on to launch the careers of some of opera’s most beloved performers, including Beverly Sills and Placido Domingo, as well as providing a showcase for American opera and rare European works and pioneering American production styles.
This anniversary concert features some of City Opera’s most acclaimed recent performers, including Amy Burton, Lauren Flanigan, Joélle Harvey, Tonna Miller, Jennifer Rivera, Heather Johnson, Ryan MacPherson and Sidney Outlaw, as well as the full 60-piece New York City Opera Orchestra, conducted by music director George Manahan, and the New York City Opera Chorus under Chorus Master Bruce Stasyna. The performance will include selections from The Ballad of Baby Doe, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Candide, Carmen, L'etoile, Giulio Cesare, Macbeth, Madama Butterfly, Malcolm X, Martha, Le nozze di Figaro, Street Scene, Susannah, and Die tote Stadt. Placido Domingo will sing “Nemico della Patria” from Umberto Giordano’s Andrea Chenier.
All proceeds will be donated to The New York City Musicians’ Emergency Relief Fund (ERF), a non-profit organization that provides aid to musicians in dire need. The fund has helped thousands of performers through emergency grant assistance. ERF board members include legendary artists Bob Dylan, Paul Simon and Roseanne Cash.