New York City Opera to Expand 'Opera-for-All' Throughout Season

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As New York City Opera begins its third Opera-for-All, the now-annual series of performances for which every seat in the house is $25, the company has announced that it is extending the highly popular program throughout the coming season.

For each one of its 2007-08 performances, City Opera is allotting a minimum of 50 seats in the orchestra section, normally priced at $120, to be sold at the Opera-For-All rate of $25 each. The specially-priced tickets will be made available only on the Monday before each specific performance; they can be purchased through the New York City Opera website (, by calling CenterCharge (1-212-721-6500), or in person at the New York State Theater box office in Lincoln Center.

This fall's Opera-for-All — now sold out — gets underway this evening with the Opera-for-All Concert Celebration. Company music director George Manahan and the New York City Opera Orchestra, Chorus and soloists offer an informal taste of the company's 2007-08 season, with selections from Bernstein's Candide, Mozart's Don Giovanni, Massenet's Cendrillon, Verdi's Falstaff, Barber's Vanessa, Mascagni's Cavalleria rusticana, Leoncavallo's Pagliacci, Handel's Agrippina, Danielpour's Margaret Garner, and Puccini's Madama Butterfly, La Bohme and Tosca. Following the 80-minute concert, City Opera will host the audience in a celebration on the New York State Theater's Promenade.

The next two evenings bring two of the best-loved works in the repertoire, chosen to appeal to the newcomers City Opera hopes to attract with Opera-for-All: La Bohme and Don Giovanni.

Tomorrow's Bohme features Inna Dukach as MimÐ and Dinyar Vania as Rodolfo; Elizabeth Caballero and Brian Mulligan play Musetta and Marcello in James Robinson's production. Ari Pelto conducts.

On Saturday (September 8), Aaron St. Clair Nicholson makes his City Opera debut in the title role of Don Giovanni. Daniel Mobbs is the Don's servant/alter ego, Leporello, with Mardi Byers as Donna Anna, Julianna DiGiacomo as Donna Elvira, JiYoung Lee as Zerlina, Bruce Sledge as Don Ottavio, Matthew Burns as Masetto and Daniel Borowski as the Commendatore. David Wroe conducts, and Albert Sherman directs the revival of the company's production by Harold Prince.

Before each of the performances, City Opera will present a behind-the-scenes video feature about the work and production.

New York City Opera's 2007-08 season gets officially underway with a matinee of La Bohme on Sunday, September 9. On September 11 the company presents the New York premiere of Richard Danielpour's opera Margaret Garner, with a libretto by Nobel laureate Toni Morrison based on her novel Beloved.

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