New York City Opera Unveils Performers, Program For 75th Anniversary Concert

By David Salazar

The New York City Opera has announced the program for its upcoming concert on Sept.9, 2019 at Bryant Park in New York. This event is intended to celebrate the company’s 75th anniversary.

The performance will feature Michael Chioldi, Lisa Chavez, Glen Seven Allen, Mark Rucker, Brandie Sutton, Won Whi Choi, Kristin Sampson, Mark Delavan, Inna Dukach, and Megan Picerno.  Carolyn Kuan, James Meena, Gil Rose, and James Lowe will conduct a 30-piece orchestra and 30-member chorus for the concert.

“New York City Opera was founded as The Peoples Opera,“ said NYCO General Director Michael Capasso in a press release.  “I can see no better way to celebrate this historic anniversary than bringing it to the people of New York free of charge in a magnificent setting as a gift to the people and the City.”

The first part of the concert will feature music from European operas that have connections to the company. Among them are “Carmen,” “The Merry Widow,” “Tosca” “Pagliacci,” “Madama Butterfly,” and “La Rondine.”

The second part will be dedicated to the company’s long history with American opera including “Stonewall,” “The Crucible,” “The Ballad of Baby Doe,” “Susannah,” “Emmeline,” and Bernstein’s “Candide.”