Addition of Fall Concert to Season – Songs of Rufus Wainwright at the Rose Theater
More Than 20 Artist Debuts, Including Rod Gilfry, Jennifer Holloway, Amanda Majeski, David Pomeroy and Taylor Stayton
Single Tickets Available Today for City Opera Subscribers and Members; General Public Single Tickets Available October 11
(New York, NY, September 26, 2011) Today, New York City Opera announced additional casting, creative team, and production details for the company’s 2011/12 season. New York City Opera’s new season will create a living presence in neighborhoods across New York with an imaginative and accessible season of classics, undiscovered and new works that explore a repertory ranging nearly 300 years from the Baroque to Classical to Romantic and Contemporary. City Opera is also opening up sale for single tickets to all City Opera subscribers and members today, Monday, September 26, 2011.  Tickets for the general public will go on sale Tuesday, October 11, 2011.
Continuing New York City Opera’s tradition of nurturing young singers, the 2011/12 season will feature more than 20 debut artists, including tenor David Pomeroy as Alfredo in La traviata, tenor Taylor Stayton as André le Tourneur in Prima Donna, soprano Amanda Majeski as Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, tenor Allan Clayton as Ferrando in Così fan tutte, mezzo-soprano Jennifer Holloway as Dorabella in Così fan tutte, and baritone Daniel Teadt singing the title role in Orpheus. Making her City Opera directorial debut with Telemann’s Orpheus is theater director Rebecca Taichman.
Among artists returning to the New York City Opera stage will be Brooklyn native soprano Laquita Mitchell as Violetta in Verdi’s La traviata, soprano Melody Moore as Régine Saint Laurent in Rufus Wainwright’s Prima Donna, baritone Philip Cutlip as Guglielmo and Marie Lenormand as Despina in Mozart’s Così fan Tutte, and soprano Joelle Harvey as Eurydice in Orpheus. Also returning to City Opera this season are conductors Steven White for La traviata and Jayce Ogren for Prima Donna.
Fall Concert
For the second year, New York City Opera will continue its concert series by presenting Who Are You New York?: The Songs of Rufus Wainwright on Thursday, November 17 at 8:00pm at the Rose Theater in Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center. To celebrate the U.S. premiere of his first opera Prima Donna, this dynamic artist will offer a unique glimpse into his eclectic songbook for one incredible night only.  A talented line-up of opera singers will interpret his song cycle All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu, followed by an intimate performance by the songwriter himself of compositions from his catalogue as well as other songs he has performed throughout his illustrious career.
Spring Season
The 2011/12 spring season will open on Sunday, February 12 at 1:30pm at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Howard Gilman Opera House with Verdi’s masterpiece La traviata in a new production by acclaimed director Jonathan Miller. This co-production between Glimmerglass Festival and Vancouver Opera will star Brooklyn native soprano Laquita Mitchell who returns to City Opera as Violetta. Also returning to City Opera is tenor Jeffrey Halili as Gaston de Letorieres and baritone Kenneth Overton as Doctor Grenvil. Tenor David Pomeroy who will make his company debut as Alfredo, along with a company debut by mezzo-soprano Karin Mushegain as Flora Bervoix. Conductor Steven White returns to City Opera, while Elena Araoz will make her company debut as Stage Director/Choreographer. Set and Costume Designs are by Isabella Bywater, with lighting by Robert Wierzel.
Sunday, February 19 at 1:30pm opens Rufus Wainwright’s first foray into opera, Prima Donna,
at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Howard Gilman Opera House. Rising star Melody Moore will return to City Opera to sing the title role of Régine Saint Laurent. She will be joined by City Opera debut artists soprano Rebecca Bottone as Marie, baritone Randal Turner as Philippe and tenor Taylor Stayton as André le Tourneur. Returning to direct the production is acclaimed director Tim Albery. Set and costumes for the production are designed by debut artist Antony McDonald, with lighting designed by Thomas C. Hase, also making his company debut. Returning to City Opera to conduct Prima Donna is Jayce Ogren. Prima Donna was commissioned by the Manchester International Festival, Sadler’s Wells, and Luminato: Toronto Festival of Arts and Creativity. This meditation on the fine line between fame and failure features a French libretto co-written by Rufus Wainwright and Bernadette Colomine.
On Sunday, March 18 at 1:30pm at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College, City Opera presents the eagerly-anticipated new production, and second of director Christopher Alden’s ongoing Mozart/Da Ponte cycle, Così fan tutte. The cast for the production will once again feature some of today’s most promising young talents, led by the sure hand of Alden. Featured performers include debut artists soprano Amanda Majeski as Fiordiligi, mezzo-soprano Jennifer Holloway as Dorabella, tenor Allan Clayton as Ferrando, and baritone Rod Gilfry as Don Alfonso. Baritone Philip Cutlip returns to City Opera as Guglielmo and mezzo soprano Marie Lenormand sings Despina. The production will be conducted by returning artist Christian Curnyn. The production will feature sets by Andrew Lieberman, costumes by Terese Wadden, and lighting by Aaron Black.
On Saturday, May 12 at 7:30pm at El Teatro del Museo del Barrio, City Opera, widely renowned for fueling the resurrection of Handel’s operas, will continue its leadership role by expanding its exploration of the Baroque with a new production of Georg Philipp Telemann’s 1726 opera Orpheus, to be directed by City Opera debut artist Rebecca Taichman. The title role will be sung by City Opera debut artist baritone Daniel Teadt, along with fellow returning artists soprano Joélle Harvey as Eurydice, and Kelly Markgraf as Pluto. The cast also features debut artists soprano Michelle Areyzaga as Ismene, tenor Victor Ryan Robertson as Eurimedes, mezzo-soprano Daryl Freedman as Ascalax. Gary Thor Wedow will return to City Opera to conduct, with set and costume designs by David Zinn.
The full announcement of the new initiative between New York City Opera and The Public Theater to present operas based on Shakespeare plays at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park in the fall of 2012 will be made later in the year.
Single tickets are on sale now to current subscribers and members, and go on sale to the general public on October 11. Single tickets can be purchased by calling 212.870.5600 or online at
Subscriptions for New York City Opera’s 2011-2012 season are still available and can be purchased online at or by phone at 212.870.5600.
Fall Concert
Who Are You New York?: The Songs of Rufus Wainwright
Rose Theater
Frederick P. Rose Hall
Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center
Broadway at 60th Street, New York, NY
New York City Opera stage productions begin at 7:30pm for evening performances and 1:30pm for matinees in the following venues:
La traviata
Prima Donna
Howard Gilman Opera House at Brooklyn Academy of Music
30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

Così fan tutte
Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College
899 Tenth Avenue between 58th and 59th Streets, New York, NY
El Teatro at El Museo del Barrio
1230 Fifth Avenue between 104th and 105th Streets, New York, NY
Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center is the result of a collaboration between Jazz at Lincoln Center, Artistic Director, Wynton Marsalis and the top international theater planners and engineers. Designed acoustically as the premier jazz performance hall in the world, Rose Theater utilizes ambitious design elements such as a retractable concert shell ceiling and a sophisticated acoustical curtain and banner system to help tailor the sound quality of the hall for individual performances.
Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) is recognized internationally for its innovative programming of dance, music, theater, music-theater, opera, and film. BAM presents leading national and international artists and companies in its annual Spring Season and highlights groundbreaking, contemporary work in the performing arts with its Next Wave Festival each fall. Founded in 1983, the Next Wave is one of the world's most important festivals of contemporary performing arts. BAM Rose Cinemas features new, independent film releases and BAMcinématek—a curated, daily repertory film program.
BAM also serves New York City's diverse population through a weekend concert series in BAMcafé, community events, literary series, and a wide variety of educational programs. BAM, America's oldest performing arts center, has presented performances since 1861, and attracts an audience of more than 500,000 people each year. The institution is led by President Karen Brooks Hopkins and Executive Producer Joseph V. Melillo—each of whom has been associated with BAM for more than twenty-five years.
Gerald W. Lynch Theater Since opening its doors in 1988, the Gerald W. Lynch Theater has been an invaluable cultural resource for John Jay College and the larger New York City community. The Theater is dedicated to the creation and presentation of performing arts programming of all disciplines with a special focus on how the artistic imagination can shed light on the many perceptions of justice in our society. The Theater is also a member of CUNY Stages, a consortium of 16 performing arts center located on CUNY campuses across New York City.
The Theater has hosted events in the Lincoln Center Festival since its first season in 1996, as well as, New York City Opera, Great Performers at Lincoln Center, Metropolitan Opera Guild and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater/Ailey II. The Theater has also been the site of many television and film specials including A&E’s Live by Request, Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, Robert Klein in Concert, and VH1’s Soundtrack Live.
El Teatro Considered a “hidden gem” amongst theaters in Manhattan, El Museo’s El Teatro Theater is ideal venue for special events and performances. The 599 seat theater is recognized as a Landmark Quality Venue by the Municipal Arts Society and the City of New York Arts Commission for its remarkable series of 30 foots murals and art-deco interior. Designed in 1921 by Architects Maynicke and Frank, El Teatro, formerly known as the Heckscher Theater was founded in 1924. Intended originally as a children’s theater, the interior is decorated with artwork from Scenes for Children’s Literature, created by Willy Pogany (1882-1955). Rendered in oil on canvas, these murals range in size and depict legendary children’s tales including Jack and the Beanstalk, Hansel and Gretel, and Cinderella. Other features include an orchestra pit, luminous stained-glass ceiling fixtures, and advanced theater equipment.
The theater’s history includes prominence in the 1930’s as home to many Broadway tryouts, and the original location for the Joseph Papp New York Shakespeare Festival. The theater was leased by El Museo del Barrio in 1991 and has since been host to numerous symposiums, performing arts series as well as notable film and photo shoots.
The Public Theater (Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director; Joey Parnes, Interim Executive Director) was founded by Joseph Papp in 1954 and is now one of the nation’s preeminent cultural institutions, producing new plays, musicals and productions of classics at its downtown home and at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. The Public Theater’s mandate to create a theater for all New Yorkers continues to this day on stage and through extensive outreach programs. Each year, more than 250,000 people attend Public Theater-related productions and events at six downtown stages, including Joe’s Pub, and Shakespeare in the Park. The Public Theater’s productions have won 42 Tony Awards, 158 Obies, 42 Drama Desk Awards and four Pulitzer Prizes. Fifty-four Public Theater productions have moved to Broadway, including Sticks and Bones; That Championship Season; A Chorus Line; For Colored Girls…; The Pirates of Penzance; The Tempest; Bring in ’da Noise, Bring in ’da Funk; The Ride Down Mt. Morgan; Topdog/Underdog; Take Me Out; Caroline, or Change; Passing Strange; the revival of HAIR; Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and The Merchant of Venice.  
New York City Opera gratefully acknowledges Emilie Roy Corey, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, and Charles R. Wall for their leadership support of our 2011/12 Season.
La traviata is made possible with the generous support of Charles R. Wall.
Leadership support for La traviata provided by John and Penelope Biggs.
Prima Donna is made possible with the generous support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Leadership support provided by Susan Baker and Michael Lynch.
Così fan tutte is made possible with the generous support of Emilie Roy Corey.
Orpheus is made possible with the generous support of Michael and Mary Gellert and Joan Granlund.
The 2011/12 Season is also made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts.
Special thanks to American Airlines, the Official Airline of New York City Opera.
*City Opera debut

La traviata
Performed in Italian with English supertitles                    
Sunday, February 12, 2012 at 1:30pm
Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 7:30pm
Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 7:30pm
Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 7:30pm
Laquita Mitchell (Violetta)
Karin Mushegain* (Flora Bervoix)
David Pomeroy* (Alfredo)
Jeffrey Halili (Gaston de Letorieres)
Krassen Karagiosov* (Marquis d’Obigny)
Kenneth Overton* (Doctor Grenvil)
John Maynard* (Baron Douphol)
Jennifer Tiller (Annina)
Steven White (conductor)
Jonathan Miller (production)
Elena Araoz* (stage director/choreographer)
Isabella Bywater (set and costume design)
Robert Wierzel (lighting designer)
Prima Donna
Performed in French with English supertitles
Sunday, February 19, 2012 at 1:30pm
Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at 7:30pm
Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 7:30pm
Saturday, February 25, 2012 at 7:30pm
Melody Moore (Régine Saint Laurent)
Rebecca Bottone* (Marie)
Taylor Stayton* (Andre le Tourneur)
Randal Turner* (Philippe)
Jayce Ogren (Conductor)
Tim Albery (production director)
Joanna Turner* (associate director)
Antony McDonald* (set and costume designer)
Thomas C. Hase* (lighting designer)
Philippe Giraudeau* (movement director)
Così fan tutte
Performed in Italian with English supertitles                    
Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 1:30pm
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 7:30pm
Thursday, March 22, 2012 at 7:30pm
Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 7:30pm
Amanda Majeski* (Fiordiligi)
Jennifer Holloway* (Dorabella)
Marie Lenormand (Despina)
Allan Clayton* (Ferrando)
Philip Cutlip (Guglielmo)
Rod Gilfry* (Don Alfonso)
Christian Curnyn (conductor)
Christopher Alden (production director)
Terese Wadden (costume designer)
Aaron Black (lighting designer)
Performed in German, French and Italian with English supertitles                                                                                        
Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 7:30pm
Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 7:30pm
Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 7:30pm
Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 1:30pm
Daniel Teadt* (Orpheus)
Joélle Harvey* (Eurydice)
Michelle Areyzaga* (Ismene)
Meredith Lustig (Cephisa)
Daryl Freedman* (Ascalax)
Victor Ryan Robertson* (Eurimedes)
Kelly Markgraf (Pluto)
Gary Thor Wedow (conductor)
Rebecca Taichman* (production director)
David Zinn (set and costume designer)
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  NEW YORK CITY OPERA ANNOUNCES 2011/12 SEASON CASTING DETAILS   Addition of Fall Concert to Season – Songs of Rufus Wainwright at the Rose Theater   More Than 20 Artist Debuts, Including Rod Gilfry, Jennifer Holloway, Amanda...
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2th Annual VOX Contemporary American Opera Lab Expands to Second Venue at Le Poisson Rouge    Two Librettos Selected from VOX’s Words First Librettist Program   Tickets to Be Sold at $25 and $15   (New York, NY, February...
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