While most opera companies were either starting their season ticket sales, announcing new seasons or simply performing, two New York City companies celebrated gay pride.
Celebrating the 48th annual New York City Pride, the New York City Opera and OperaRox productions joined 460 other groups to march on the momentous occasion. It was expected to be the largest Pride parade ever with the event starting at 12 p.m. EDT and ending at 10 p.m. with over 500 volunteers and more than 40,000 participants.
Both companies lined up at 5 p.m. with their individual banners. OperaRox had a smaller group than the New York City Opera but both groups had the same enthusiasm for the event.
The New York City Opera chose to theme their group “Gaychuilla del West” in anticipation for its 2017-18 season which is slated to open with Puccini’s “La Fanciulla del West.” Meanwhile, OperaRox worked the parade to promote its upcoming production of “Sweets by Kate,” which opens next month at the Stonewall Inn.
Both companies have been active promoters of LGBT works this season. The New York City Opera started a new initiative to present LGBT operas in June in celebration of Pride month. It began the series with “Angels in America” and continues next year with “Brokeback Mountain.
Meanwhile, OperaRox is advocating for more LGBT works starting with “Sweets by Kate” and recently commissioned “The Contract Player.”