New York City Opera Expands 'Opera-For-All' to Offer More $25 Events

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New York City Opera will expand its successful Opera-For-All program with additional $25 performances, the company announced today.

The company launched Opera-For-All last year with three special performances — one of highlights from the City Opera season and two of Puccini's Madama Butterfly — for which all tickets were $25. All three of the shows were sold out, and, according to the company, 71 percent of the audience had never been to a City Opera event before.

This fall, the company will again offer an evening (September 7) of highlights from the upcoming season, as well as performances of Puccini's La Bohme on September 8 and 10 and Bizet's Carmen on September 9. All seats will cost $25 and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Details for further Opera-For-All events will be announced later this season.

The $25 tickets will be available for purchase this week at City Opera's free Afternoon Arias series at Bryant Park, which runs tomorrow through Friday (August 15 -18) at 12:30 pm. Tickets will go on sale at the New York State Theater box office next Monday, August 21.

The September 7 concert will feature music director George Manahan and City Opera's orchestra, chorus and featured artists from the 2006-2007 season in arias from Puccini's La Bohme, Bizet's Carmen, Handel's Semele, Korngold's Die tote Stadt and Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore. After the concert, City Opera will host the entire audience in a celebration on the New York State Theater's promenade.

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