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.

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Comments [5]

Ruth Conner from New York, NY

I love Mr. Domingo as much as everyone else seems to. And it's great to help the musicians. But the main issue is NYCO and how this horrible bankruptcy has unfolded. I subscribed to NYCO for 30 years. Today, I (and many others of my age and tastes) can scarcely afford a ticket to the Met; lower-priced opera options are very few. (Live in HD is nice, but it's no substitute for live performance.) The whole situation paints a frightful picture of culture starvation in NYC.

Feb. 11 2014 06:46 PM
tony from new haven,ct.

I think it's wonderful for this to take place.new York city opera had wonderful operas at a fair price.maybe,new York city opera will make a comeback let's hope........

Feb. 11 2014 04:23 PM
Suzanne from New York

Bravo, Maestro Domingo!
It's a generous gesture, and gives a big boost in profile and interest to this effort.

Feb. 11 2014 09:44 AM
Les from Miami, Florida

This concert and its intentions certainly are all to the good and I hope a lot of money is raised. Whether it will be exclusively a salute to Auld Lang Syne or also a harbinger of a Phoenix about to rise from the ashes remains to be seen.

Feb. 11 2014 05:16 AM
Sanford Rothenberg from Brooklyn

This development will raise the profile of this event.Whether Domingo's participation will bring about a resurrection of NYCO remains to be seen,but hopes will be raised.

Feb. 10 2014 08:50 PM

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