OONY, founded by conductor Eve Queler in 1971, is beloved for its performances of opera in concert. The group puts a particular emphasis on operatic rarities, and has introduced a number of prominent singers, including sopranos Harolyn Blackwell and mezzo-soprano Jennifer Larmore, to New York audiences.
Soprano Aprile Millo, an OONY regular, sings the part of Minnie for the first time tonight; also featured are tenor Carl Tanner and baritone Marco Chingari, making his U.S. debut. The New York City Gay Men's Chorus appears with the OONY for the first time.
The season also includes performances of Ambrose Thomas's Mignon (April 7, 2005) and Weber's Der Freisch‹tz (June 6, 2005), as well as a recital by soprano Krassimira Stoyanova.