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Plácido Domingo Joins Cast of City Opera Reunion Concert
Monday, February 10, 2014 - 05:00 PM
The cast for a concert celebrating the 70th anniversary of New York City Opera's first performance just got a bit more star-studded. Organizers said on Monday that Plácido Domingo has signed on to the event, which is scheduled for Feb. 21 at City Center and will feature a number of past singers with the company.
Domingo made his New York debut with City Opera in 1965 as Pinkerton in Puccini's Madama Butterfly. He went on to sing at the Metropolitan Opera and other major houses, not to mention arenas and soccer stadiums (five days after this concert, he is scheduled to sing in the Met's revival of The Enchanted Island).
The concert, which will feature repertoire closely associated with City Opera's history, is being staged by musicians from the now-bankrupt company. Proceeds will go towards the an Emergency Relief Fund run by their union, Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians. The cast also includes Amy Burton, Lauren Flanigan, Joélle Harvey, Tonna Miller, Jennifer Rivera, Heather Johnson, Ryan MacPherson and Sidney Outlaw. Tickets are priced from $25 to $250.
Meanwhile, New York City Opera’s Chapter 11 case is continuing. The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday that the company has requested permission to reject the lease agreement for its thrift store located at 220 E. 23rd St.
"City Opera had hoped to find a buyer for the thrift shop, which it’s operated for 25 years, but has been unable to reach an agreement,” according to the Journal. “It’s planning to liquidate the shop, including the inventory."
The U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan is scheduled to hear the request on Thursday.