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Encyclopedia > New York City Opera
The New York State Theater at Lincoln Center, seen from Lincoln Center Plaza
The New York State Theater at Lincoln Center, seen from Lincoln Center Plaza
The New York State Theater at Lincoln Center, interior, as seen from the stage
The New York State Theater at Lincoln Center, interior, as seen from the stage

The New York City Opera (NYCO) is based in Philip Johnson's New York State Theater at Lincoln Center. Image File history File linksMetadata New_York_City_Opera. ... Image File history File linksMetadata New_York_City_Opera. ... , The New York State Theater at Lincoln Center, seen from the Lincoln Center Plaza. ... The Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2816x1584, 2841 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Theatre Opera house Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts New York City Ballet New York City Opera Culture... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2816x1584, 2841 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Theatre Opera house Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts New York City Ballet New York City Opera Culture... , The New York State Theater at Lincoln Center, seen from the Lincoln Center Plaza. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (550x733, 70 KB) Summary Photograph of the interior of the New York State Theater at Lincoln Center, New York, New York, taken on 12 February 2006 by Kevin Burdette and released into the public domain on 13 February 2006 by the... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (550x733, 70 KB) Summary Photograph of the interior of the New York State Theater at Lincoln Center, New York, New York, taken on 12 February 2006 by Kevin Burdette and released into the public domain on 13 February 2006 by the... , The New York State Theater at Lincoln Center, seen from the Lincoln Center Plaza. ... The Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center. ... 1933 Portrait of Philip Johnson by Carl Van Vechten Philip Cortelyou Johnson (July 8, 1906 – January 25, 2005) was an influential American architect. ... , The New York State Theater at Lincoln Center, seen from the Lincoln Center Plaza. ... The Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center. ...


The company was founded in 1944 with the aim of an opera company that would be financially accessible to a wide audience, innovative in its choice of repertory, and a home for American singers and composers.

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The early years

In its early years, the NYCO's home base was the City Center on West 55th Street. In 1945, the company became the first major opera company to have an African American performer. This was in the production of Leoncavallo's Pagliacci with Todd Duncan's performance as Tonio. Lawrence Winters was another notable African American opera pioneer to sing with the company during this period. The first African American woman to sing with the company was Camilla Williams, soprano as Madama Butterfly in 1946. (Southern, 417) Winters and Williams later went on to sing the title roles in the most complete recording made up to that time of Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, for Columbia Records in 1951. New York City Center Logo New York City Center is a 2,750-seat performing arts venue located on West 55th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues in Manhattan, New York City. ... An African American (also Afro-American, Black American, or simply black) is a member of an ethnic group in the United States whose ancestors, usually in predominant part, were indigenous to Africa. ... Ruggiero Leoncavallo (March 8, 1857 - August 9, 1919) was an Italian opera composer. ... Pagliacci (Clowns) is an opera in two acts written and composed by Ruggero Leoncavallo. ... Robert Todd Duncan (1903-1998) was an American baritone. ... Lawrence Winters (1915–1965), baritone, was an African American opera singer during the 1940s. ... The first African American to sing with the New York City Opera was Camilla Williams (b. ... Look up soprano in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly) is an opera in three acts (originally two acts) by Giacomo Puccini, with an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa. ... 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... George Gershwin photograph by Edward Steichen in 1927. ... The cast of Porgy and Bess during the Boston try-out prior to the Broadway opening. ... Columbia Records is the oldest brand name in recorded sound, dating back to 1888, and was the first record company to produce pre-recorded records as opposed to blank cylinders. ... 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday; see its calendar. ...


The present day theatre

On February 22, 1966, it inaugurated its new home at Lincoln Center with a production of Alberto Ginastera's Don Rodrigo with tenor Plácido Domingo. In 1966, the American soprano Beverly Sills made her major breakthrough as Cleopatra in Handel's Giulio Cesare (opposite Norman Treigle in the title role). While Sills went on to sing at opera houses throughout the world, she remained affiliated with the NYCO. Upon her retirement from the stage in 1979, she joined the company as its General Director, replacing conductor Julius Rudel, who had led the company since 1957. Sills retired as General Director in 1989 and was replaced by conductor Christopher Keene. Keene was succeeded in 1996 by Glimmerglass Opera's artistic director, Paul Kellogg. Alberto Evaristo Ginastera (April 11, 1916 Buenos Aires - June 25, 1983 Geneva) was an Argentinian composer of classical music. ... Don Rodrigo is an opera in three acts by Alberto Ginastera to an original Spanish libretto by Alejandro Casona. ... In music, a tenor is a male singer with a high voice. ... José Plácido Domingo Embil (born January 21, 1941[1]), better known as Plácido Domingo, is a world-famous Spanish operatic tenor. ... Look up soprano in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Beverly Sills (born Belle Miriam Silverman on May 25, 1929 in Brooklyn, New York) was perhaps the best-known American opera singer in the 1960s and 1970s. ... HANDEL was the code-name for the UKs National Attack Warning System in the Cold War. ... Giulio Cesare (Julius Caesar) is an Italian opera by George Frideric Handel. ... Norman Treigle (né Adanelle Wilfred Treigle, on 6 March 1927; died on 16 February 1975) was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, the fifth and final child of a poor carpenter and his wife. ... Julius Rudel (6 March 1921, Vienna -) is a major American orchestra conductor who emigrated to the US from Austria at the age of 17 to study at the Mannes College of Music in New York City. ... Glimmerglass Opera was founded in 1975. ...


Ongoing missions

Beverly Sills' success at NYCO is emblematic of NYCO's tradition of championing American singers. NYCO launched the careers of, among others, Sherrill Milnes, Carol Vaness, and Samuel Ramey. Internationally acclaimed American singers who still call NYCO home include Carl Tanner, David Daniels, Mark Delavan, Lauren Flanigan, Elizabeth Futral, and Amy Burton. Milnes as Scarpia in Tosca Sherrill Milnes (born January 10, 1935) is an American baritone famous for his Verdi roles. ... Carol Vaness (born July 27, 1952) is an American soprano. ... The American opera singer Samuel Edward Ramey (March 28, 1942) is considered by many the finest bass-baritone singer of his generation. ... Carl Tanner Carl Tanner (born 1962, Arlington, Virginia) is an American operatic tenor. ... David Daniels as Nerone in Monteverdis LIncoronazione di Poppea The American singer David Daniels (born 12 March 1966) is one of the best-known and highly regarded countertenors in modern operatic history. ... Elizabeth Futral is an American coloratura soprano who has won acclaim throughout the United States as well as in Europe, South America, and Japan. ...


NYCO similarly champions the work of American composers; approximately one-third of its repertoire has traditionally been American Opera. NYCO's American repertoire ranges from established works (e.g., Douglas Moore's The Ballad of Baby Doe, Carlisle Floyd's Susannah and Leonard Bernstein's Candide) to new works (e.g., Rachel Portman's The Little Prince, Charles Wuorinen's Haroun and the Sea of Stories, and Mark Adamo's Little Women). NYCO's commitment to the future of American opera is demonstrated in its annual series, "Showcasing American Composer," in which operas-in-progress are showcased, giving composers a chance to hear their work performed by professional singers and orchestra. NYCO also produces non-traditional operatic repertoire such as works by Stephen Sondheim and Gilbert & Sullivan. Douglas Stuart Moore (August 10, 1893 - July 25, 1969) was an American composer, educator, and author. ... The Ballad of Baby Doe is an opera by the American composer Douglas Moore, and was premiered at the Central City Opera (Colorado), in 1956. ... Carlisle Floyd (born 1926 in Latta, South Carolina) is an American opera composer. ... Suannah an opera by American opera composer Carlisle Floyd (b. ... Leonard Bernstein (pronounced BERN-styne)[1] (August 25, 1918 – October 14, 1990) was an American conductor, composer, and pianist. ... Candide is a comic operetta by Leonard Bernstein, based on the novella of the same name by Voltaire. ... Rachel Portman (born 11 December 1960, Haslemere, England) is a British composer, best known for her film work. ... Joseph McManners as The Little Prince The Little Prince, subtitled A Magical Opera, is an opera in two acts by Rachel Portman to an English libretto by Nicholas Wright, based on the 1943 book of the same name by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. ... Charles Wuorinen (born June 9, 1938 in New York City) is an American composer. ... Haroun and the Sea of Stories (ISBN 0-613-49563-2) is a 1990 novel by Salman Rushdie. ... Mark Adamo (1962-) is an American composer and librettist who was born in Philadelphia. ... Little Women (1998) is the first opera composed by American composer Mark Adamo to his own libretto after Louisa May Alcotts tale of growing up in New England after the American Civil War. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Playwright/lyricist William S. Gilbert (1836-1911) and composer Arthur S. Sullivan (1842-1900) defined operetta in Victorian England with a series of their internationally successful and timeless works. ...


In 1983, the NYCO became the first American company to use supertitles. In recent years, the works of baroque masters such as Handel, Gluck, and Rameau have gained special prominence in its repertoire, sparking a renewal of interest in these long-neglected works. Supertitles or surtitles are commonly used in opera or other musical performances. ... George Frideric Handel (23 February 1685 – 14 April 1759) was a German-born British Baroque composer who was a leading composer of concerti grossi, operas and oratorios. ... Christoph Willibald (von) Gluck (July 2, 1714 - November 15, 1787) was a German composer, one of the most important opera composers of the Classical music era, particularly remembered for Orfeo ed Euridice. ... Jean-Philippe Rameau, by Jacques André Joseph Aved, 1728 Jean-Philippe Rameau (September 25, 1683 - September 12, 1764) was one of the most important French composers and music theorists of the Baroque era. ...


The NYCO has extensive education and outreach programs, offering arts-in-education programs to 12,000 students in over seventy-five schools.


References

The Music of Black Americans: A History. Eileen Southern. W. W. Norton & Company; 3rd edition. ISBN 0-393-97141-4 Eileen Jackson Southern (born 1920 in Minneapolis - died October 13, 2002 in Port Charlotte, Florida) was an African American musicologist, reasearcher, author and teacher. ...


Bibliography

  • The New York City Opera, by Martin L Sokol, Macmillan Publishing Company, Inc, 1981. ISBN 0-02-612280-4
  • New York City Opera Sings, by New York City Opera Guild, Richard Rosen Press, Inc, 1981. ISBN 0-8239-0544-6

External links

  • New York City Opera website
  • History of New York City Opera
  • Laszlo Halasz, the man who founded the NYC Opera Co.

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