New York Opera Alliance announces April 27th Kickoff Event for the second annual New York Opera Fest

New York Opera Alliance announces April 27th Kickoff Event for the second annual New York Opera Fest

Event will honor Lauren Flanigan for her exceptional enrichment of the opera community of NYC, and will feature performances from a number of festival participants

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 — NEW YORK, NY – The New York Opera Alliance (NYOA) will officially launch their second annual New York Opera Fest with a kickoff event on Thursday April 27th, from 6-8PM, at Marc A. Scorca Hall in the National Opera Center (330 Seventh Ave at 29th St). The event will honor opera star Lauren Flanigan for her exceptional service to the opera community of NYC (the inaugural award last year went to Fred Plotkin), and will also feature performances from the following New York Opera Fest participants:

  • Regina Opera, Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’ amour
  • Opera Mission, William Bolcom’s Behind the Mind
  • American Opera Projects, Robert Paterson’s Three Way
  • Sign & Sing, Jake Heggie’s At the Statue of Venus
  • Rhymes With Opera Bonnie Lander’s Coping Mechanisms
  • Opera Upper West, Tom Cipullo’s Glory Denied
  • Opera on TapParksville Murders Behind the Scenes Look
  • Opera Rox, New Works
  • Bronx Opera, Verdi’s Falstaff

The event is free and open to the public, though attendees must RSVP by April 20 at:

The second inaugural New York Opera Fest ( a two-month celebration of New York’s vibrant and varied opera community throughout May and June, 2017, with over 20 companies putting on more than 30 events in venues around the city. In addition to performances, the fest will showcase behind-the-scenes events where the public can attend open rehearsals, forums, showcases, and masterclasses featuring some of opera’s brightest emerging talents.

With the New York Opera Fest, the Alliance will show that opera is not just a great catalogue of works, but a living, breathing community of people who produce new work, develop new artists, and engage with youth and the community. The fest is a chance for New Yorkers to discover the variety and creativity of our local opera companies.

For more info, full schedule and tickets, visit:

The New York Opera Alliance works in partnership with OPERA America, the national service organization for opera and the nation’s leading advocate for American opera, based in New York City.


American Lyric Theater
American Opera Projects
Beth Morrison Projects
Bronx Opera Company
Center for Contemporary Opera
Chelsea Opera
Citywide Youth Opera
Conservatory of Music, Brooklyn College
Create Opera
dell’Arte Opera Ensemble
Douglas Moore Fund for American Opera
Downtown Music Productions
Encompass New Opera Theatre
Experiments in Opera
Harlem Opera Theater
Heartbeat Opera
HERE Arts Center
Hunter Opera Theater
Indie Opera Podcast
Light Opera of New York
Manhattan School of Music
Martina Arroyo Foundation, Inc.
New Camerata Opera
New Opera NYC
On Site Opera
OPERA America/National Opera Center
Opera Breve
Opera Lafayette
Opera on Tap
OperaRox Productions
Opera Upper West
Paula Kimper Ensemble
Queens College Opera
Regina Opera
Rhymes With Opera
Spectrum Symphony
the little OPERA theatre of NY
Untitled Theater Company No. 61
Vertical Player Repertory
Victor Herbert Renaissance Project LIVE!
Vital Opera


The New York Opera Alliance ( is a consortium of New York opera companies and producers established to enhance and support the visibility and viability of opera organizations, and to ensure that New Yorkers are better informed about the breadth, depth and vitality of New York City’s opera-producing community. NYOA aspires to increase awareness of participating organizations, share ideas and resources, and facilitate collaborative projects. Founded in 2011, NYOA has grown from four organizations to over 40 strong. Since 2013, NYOA has been fiscally sponsored by OPERA America.


OPERA America ( leads and serves the entire opera community, supporting the creation, presentation and enjoyment of opera. Artistic services help opera companies and creative and performing artists to improve the quality of productions and increase the creation and presentation of North American works. Information, technical and administrative services to opera companies reflect the need for strengthened leadership among staff, trustees and volunteers. Education, audience development and community services are designed to enhance all forms of opera appreciation. OPERA America provides organizational and project support to NYOA, through convenings, facilitated discussion, professional development leadership and access to OPERA America member resources. 

Lauren Flanigan