New York Opera Festival Announces 2019 Slate

By David Salazar

Arguably the biggest New York City opera event of the summer is the New York Opera Festival, which will be entering its fourth iteration this summer.

The beauty of the festival is that it features a plethora of major companies coming together to express themselves through opera. This has not changed in 2019, which features performances throughout May and June.

For the purposes of this article and given the massive span of the festival, we will curate this by company in alphabetical order.

The American Opera Projects will showcase “The Stonewall Operas” at The Stonewall Inn. The company will also showcase “As One” at the Kaufman Music Center.

Performance Dates: May 19-20; May 30-June 8, 2019

Americas Society will present “Kopernikus” in Brooklyn.

Performance Dates: May 15-16, 2019

The Bronx Opera will present “The Mikado” at Lehman College. This production will take the classic story and set it in the context of Trump’s administration.

Performance Dates: May 4-5, 2019

Brooklyn College Opera Theatre will give audiences its rendition of Puccini’s “Gianni Schicchi.”

Performance Dates: May 10-12, 2019

“Teseo” gets a rare performance at The Underground Theater in a production by “CantantiProject.”

Performance Dates: May 11-12, 2019 

Audiences will get to experience “The Many Sounds of Rigoletto: the Music behind the Music” as presented by Collectio Musicorun, Inc. 

Performance Date: May 17, 2019

City Lyric Opera will showcase “La Tragédie de Carmen” in a rare set of performances in New York.

Performance Dates: May 7-11

Death of Classical will give audiences a chance to see Purcell’s “Dido & Aeneas,” starring Daniela Mack in a production directed by Alek Shrader.

Performance Dates: June 4-8, 2019

Divaria Productions will showcase “The Human Voice.”

Performance Date: TBA

“Paradigm SHIFTS, Music, Opera & Film Festival” will be the offering from Encompass New Opera Theatre. 

Performance Date: TBA

Experiments in Opera presents “Chunky in Heat.”

Performance Dates: May 31-June 2, 2019

Hunter Opera Theater in Association with American Opera Projects will present “Patience & Sarah.”

Performance Dates: May 9-10, 2019

The Little Opera Theatre of NY will showcase Benjamin Britten’s opera “Owen Wingrave” at GK ArtsCenter.

Performance Dates: May 9-12, 2019

New Amsterdam Opera will present a rare concert performance of Massenet’s “Hériodade.”

Performance Date: May 10, 2019

The New Camerata Opera will be among the first companies to open the festival, presenting “The Rape of Lucretia” in a production directed by Bea Goodwin.

Performance Dates: May 2-5, 2019

On Site Opera will present “Murasaki’s Moon” at the Astor Court in the Metropolitan Museum of Arts.

Performance Dates: May 17-29, 2019

Opera Lafayette and Heartbeat Opera will team up for Stradella’s “La Susanna” at BAM Fisher-Fishman Space.

Performance Dates: May 2-5

Opera on Tap presents a number of unique programs, including its “Home Brew,” and “New Brew.” Finally, the company will also present “The Playground Operas.”

Performance Dates: May 9, June 7, June 13-14, 2019

Paula Kimper Ensemble will perform Melody Book for “Song of Myself.

Performance Date: TBA

Verdi’s “Il Trovatore” will get showcases with Regina Opera Company with a 35-piece orchestra.

Performance Dates: May 6-19, 2019

“The Impossible She,” which will focus on the life of Eleanor Roosevelt, will be at the core of Rhymes With Opera’s slate.

Performance Dates: May 10-18, 2019

Vertical Player Repertory will give audiences a chance to see “The Constitution: A Secular Oratorio.” The work will include musical settings of such passages as Articles 1-7, the Bill of Rights, and subsequent amendments, by Benjamin Yarmolinsky, in a new setting for chorus and soloists

Performance Dates: June 27-30, 2019