Opera Praktikos to Launch Inaugural Production of ‘Orlando’

By David Salazar

UPDATE: The company reached out to OperaWire to note that due to inclement weather conditions, the opening performance has been moved to May 28 and another show has been added on Sunday, May 29. The article, as originally published, follows. 

Opera Praktikos is set to launch its inaugural production on May 27 and 28, 2022.

The company, which was founded by Artsitic Director Greg Moomjy and Executive Director Marianna Mott Newirth, will present Händel’s “Orlando” in a 90-minute version that will be presented at Campos Garden in Manhattan. There will be additionally performances on June 10th and 11th, followed by another June 2nd at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens.

Opera Praktikos was created to make opera accessible, particularly to the disabled community.

“At Opera Prakitkos, we believe in music’s power to touch hearts and minds making possible a new shared experience, “says a statement on the company’s official website. “Making opera accessible is our aim, giving the public opportunities to overcome challenges that include class, economic status, and physical impediments.  We approach opera from an interabled perspective on stage, with/for our audience and in our administration. Our work reflects diverse backgrounds and abilities. Through purposeful reimaginings of the classics as well as new commissioned works, we intend that everyone see themselves in the operas we produce. In doing this, we offer public access to this amazing art form that enriches lives.”