New York City Opera Moves Opening Night Date for ‘The Garden of the Finzi-Continis’

By Francisco Salazar

The New York City Opera has postponed the opening of the upcoming world premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon’s “The Garden of the Finzi-Continis.”

The production, which is a co-production with the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene, will now open on Jan. 27 instead of its original Jan. 19.

The opera was written by librettist Michael Korie and is based on Giorgio Bassani’s 1962 novel of the same name and will be performed at the Edmond J. Safra Hall in the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust.

The opera 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. As they make a gracious haven for themselves in their garden, walling out the unpleasantness of the world outside, Italy forms its alliance with Germany and begins to enforce anti-Semitic racial laws.

The work is set to star Rachel Blaustein (Micól Finzi-Contini), Brian James Myer (Alberto Finzi-Contini), Mary Phillips (Mama), Franco Pomponi (Papà), Anthony Ciaramitaro (Giorgio), and Matt Ciuffitelli (Malnate).

“The Garden of the Finzi-Continis” will also be performed on Jan. 29, 30, and Feb. 1, 2 ,3, 5, and 6, 2022.