It was at the City Opera premiere of Cendrillon in 1983 that Sills first introduced supertitles to American opera audiences. In addition, October 27 is merely two days short of the 52nd anniversary of her company debut, as Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus (October 29, 1955).
The matinee of Cendrillon, dedicated to Sills's memory, will be followed by a brief musical tribute on the New York State Theater stage. Mezzo-soprano Joyce Castle (who plays Cinderella's wicked stepmother) will moderate the memorial, which will include reminiscences from City Opera Chairman Susan L. Baker and past and present City Opera company members. Afterwards, the audience will be invited to a toast in Sills's honor on the State Theater promenade.
In addition, starting that day, inscription notebooks will be placed in the State Theater lobby for people to record their memories of Sills. These books, which will become part of City Opera's archives, will be available in the lobby for the duration of the fall season.
Tickets to the October 27 performance of Cendrillon are available at the New York State Theater Box Office in Lincoln Center, by calling CenterCharge at 1-212-721-6500 or by visiting City Opera's website, www.nycopera.com.