New York Opera Fest 2018 Preview: Regina Opera Company Takes on ‘Aida’

With the New York Opera Fest 2018 officially underway, OperaWire will be showcasing small previews for each major participant at the festival, as we did during last year’s event. However, we are doing things a bit differently this year and giving the floor directly to each company to speak to you, the reader, directly. Enjoy!

The New York Opera Fest is rife with new operas and new interpretations of old classics. But for those looking for a taste of the traditional, Regina Opera Company is the place to go.

This season, the company is going to take on the grand opera of grand operas – Verdi’s “Aida” in a production that features orchestra. This should undeniably be one to watch for those in love with Verdi’s timeless classic.


May 8 (free sneak peek), May 12. 13, 19, & 20 – Regina Opera Company presents Aida:” Our Lady of Perpetual Help school auditorium, 5902 6th Ave, Brooklyn NY

Tell us a bit about your company in general and what you’re all about!

Regina Opera is located in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.  We present three operas from the standard repertoire each season with 35-piece orchestra and English supertitles, as well as 10+ operatic concerts each season, both in our venue and at other public venues.

Tell us a bit about your production(s) and why you’re excited about them!

This is the first time in Regina’s long history (48 years) that “Aida” is being presented by the company. The production is in memory of the Company’s founder Marie Cantoni who always dreamed of producing “Aida.”

What do you feel is the biggest challenge small opera companies face?

Having enough money to pay high rent.


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David Salazar
Prior to creating OperaWire, DAVID SALAZAR, (Editor-in-Chief) worked as a reporter for Latin Post where he interviewed major opera stars including Placido Domingo, Anna Netrebko, Vittorio Grigolo, Diana Damrau and Rolando Villazon among others. His 2014 interview with opera star Kristine Opolais was cited in a New York Times Review. He also had the opportunity of interviewing numerous Oscar nominees, Golden Globe winners and film industry giants such as Guillermo del Toro, Oscar Isaac and John Leguizamo among others. David holds a Masters in Media Management from Fordham University. During his time at Fordham, he studied abroad at the Jagiellonian University in Poland. He also holds a dual bachelor’s from Hofstra University in Film Production and Journalism.

1 Comment on "New York Opera Fest 2018 Preview: Regina Opera Company Takes on ‘Aida’"

  1. Elena Jannicelli-Sandella | May 10, 2018 at 8:17 am | Reply

    Thank you for mentioning The Regina Opera Company. Regina Opera brings Opera to people and lovers of music who cannot get to the big theaters of the world. We are essential to the arts on a basic level of bringing this art to the people. For giving young singers the opportunity to learn their craft. Thank you.

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