New York City Opera Announces Spring 2021 Season Featuring Works by Ricky Ian Gordon and Anthony Davis

By Dejan Vukosavljevic
(Credit: Opéra de Montréal official website / American Lyric Theater official website)

The New York City Opera has announced a spring 2021 season featuring works by the two prominent American composers.

The NYCO will first stage the world premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon’s opera “The Garden of the Finzi-Continis,” which is a co-production with the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene. Famed librettist and lyricist Michael Korie wrote the libretto, based on the novel by Giorgio Bassani.

Ricky Ian Gordon’s previous works include chamber operas “A Coffin in Egypt” and “Ellen West,” an opera in three acts “The Grapes of Wrath,” and an opera in two acts “Morning Star,” among others.

The world premiere of “The Garden of the Finzi-Continis” will be directed by Richard Stafford, who is also the choreographer. The conductor and the cast will be announced at a later date.

Performances will take place at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in April 2021.

Per the same press release, the New York City Opera will also present a staged concert production of Anthony Davis’ opera “The Central Park Five.” Davis’ previous works include operas “X, The Life and Times of Malcolm X,” “Amistad,” and “Wakonda’s Dream,” among others.

Cast, dates, and a venue for “The Central Park Five” will be announced at a later time.