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Classic Arts News Angels in America Opera Begins in New York June 10 The production concludes New York City Opera's 2016–2017 season.
New York City Opera

As Angels in America plays London’s National Theatre with an eye on Broadway, an operatic adaptation arrives in the U.S. New York City Opera concludes its 2016–2017 season with the New York premiere of the Peter Eötvös’ opera.


The opera condenses Tony Kushner’s two-part Pulitzer Prize-winning drama into one work. Performances will run June 10, 12, 14, and 16 at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater. Sam Helfrich directs; Pacien Mazzagatti conducts.

The cast consists of Andrew Garland as Prior, Aaron Bake as Louis, Sarah Beckham-Turner as Harper, Wayne Tigges as Roy Cohn, Michael Weyandt as Joe, Sarah Castle as Hannah, Matthew Reese as Belize, and Kirsten Chambers as the Angel.

The opera made its world premiere at Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris in 2004—11 years after Kushner’s play opened on Broadway.

New York City Opera will return next season with a lineup that includes the U.S. premiere of Charles Wuorinen's operatic adaptation of Brokeback Mountain, as well as Puccini's La Fanciulla del West and a double bill of Donizettis' Il Pigmalione and Jean-Philippe Rameau's Pygmalion.

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