Renée Fleming, Isabel Leonard, Anthony Roth Costanzo, J’Nai Bridges Headline NY PopsUp

By David Salazar

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced the NY PopsUp festival, which is slated to take place across New York between mid-February and through Labor Day.

Starting on Feb. 20, artists from across the state will put on a wide range of artistic events led by producers Scott Rudin and Jane Rosenthal in coordination with the New York State Council on the Arts and Empire State Development.

This first festival will be a “pilot program” that aims to provide the state with a model for bringing back live performance after a year of shutdown.

“Cities have taken a real blow during COVID, and the economy will not come back fast enough on its own – we must bring it back,” Cuomo said in a press release“Creative synergies are vital for cities to survive, and our arts and cultural industries have been shut down all across the country, taking a terrible toll on workers and the economy. We want to be aggressive with reopening the State and getting our economy back on track, and NY PopsUp will be an important bridge to the broader reopening of our world-class performance venues and institutions. New York has been a leader throughout this entire pandemic, and we will lead once again with bringing back the arts.”

Opera lovers can be sure to see showcases from such artists as Renée Fleming, Isabel Leonard, Joyce DiDonato, Nico Muhly, J’Nai Bridges, Sondra Radvanovsky, and Davóne Tines, among others.

The opening day showcase, set to take place on Feb. 20, 2020 at the Javits Center will feature performances by several artists, including countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo.