Composer Iain Bell and librettist Mark Campbell’s Stonewall opera, exploring the 1969 uprising that birthed the modern LGBTQ rights movement and Pride, will make its world premiere at New York City Opera next June.
The production, directed by Leonard Foglia, will open June 19, 2019. The piece is the first commissioned by NYCO and continues the company’s initiative to produce a queer-themed piece each season (including this year’s Brokeback Mountain and last season’s Angels in America).
“I am overjoyed that the first commission of this administration is a work that memorializes a uniquely New York moment that sparked a movement that has changed the world,” said NYCO General Director Michael Capasso. “Next June, millions will come to New York City to join our annual celebration of love, acceptance, and pride, and to commemorate 50 years of progress in the continuing struggle for equality. City Opera is honored to share this historic moment with them."
The 75th anniversary season will kick off September 6 with The Crucible in a co-production with the Glimmerglass Festival. The operatic adaptation of Arthur Miller’s drama features a score by Robert Ward and a libretto by Bernard Stambler. Francesca Zambello will direct.
Both will play Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater. Additional productions in the 2018–2019 lineup will be announced later.