Neither pure nor wise nor good Neither pure nor wise nor good

What better way to mark the passing of the monumental Hal Prince?

on August 02, 2019 at 11:08 AM
Of two minds Of two minds

I wanted to like As One. I really did.

on June 04, 2019 at 9:00 AM
“More wait!” “More wait!”

New York City Opera today offered a demi-announcement of half their next season.

on June 05, 2018 at 3:54 PM
Vo’ farmi più gaia, più fulgida ancora Vo’ farmi più gaia, più fulgida ancora

“City Opera invites you, our fans, to march with the artists who create the operas you love.”

on June 24, 2017 at 10:06 PM
Musical theater of the absurd Musical theater of the absurd

It’s easy to see why Leonard Bernstein’s Candide was a flop when it premiered on Broadway.

on January 09, 2017 at 10:02 AM
Cuts like a knife Cuts like a knife

You may wonder what Rachmaninoff’s Aleko and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci have in common.

on September 10, 2016 at 12:28 PM
A hole in the Hedda A hole in the Hedda

“Hopper’s Wife turned out to be the most unpleasant piece as I’ve heard since NYCO’s notorious fiasco The Dreyfus Affair, two decades ago.”

on May 04, 2016 at 1:00 PM
Ambizioso spirto, tu sei NYCO Ambizioso spirto, tu sei NYCO

New York City Opera Renaissance certainly seems to have its eyes on the future.

on December 10, 2015 at 3:00 PM
A star is reborn? A star is reborn?

The New York City Opera Board has signed an agreement to transfer its name and intellectual property to NYCO Renaissance, Ltd.

on December 08, 2014 at 3:31 PM
Slow but steady Slow but steady

With almost three weeks to go, New York City Opera’s Kickstarter campaign is only $956,985 short of its goal.

on September 10, 2013 at 10:43 AM
Smiling through Smiling through

And we have a Mot du Jour!

on September 09, 2013 at 2:15 PM
And the 2013 Pubies go to… And the 2013 Pubies go to…

One startling upset catches the eye among the many winners (if that is the word) of the 2013 Parterre Box Awards.

on May 20, 2013 at 8:51 PM
Crave the date Crave the date

It only just occurred to La Cieca that the opening night of New York City Opera’s 2013 season—the premiere of their new production of Powder Her Face—is February 15, a date that sounds oddly familiar somehow.

on December 02, 2012 at 2:31 PM
Sunk costs Sunk costs

More bad news.

on November 02, 2012 at 12:26 AM
George sent me George sent me

La Cieca is sure it’s nothing, nothing at all, but she does think it’s curious that (per a tipster) George Steel has quietly called a staff meeting for NYCO tomorrow…

on October 18, 2012 at 3:01 PM
All for the best All for the best

George Steel announces that New York City Opera is destroying, giving away or selling off most of its stock of repertory productions.

on October 02, 2012 at 7:00 PM
Tony award Tony award

For decades New York City Opera was a model of an organization with a clear mission.

on June 01, 2012 at 12:00 PM
Lyre’s poker Lyre’s poker

The Underworld as corporate boardroom, Pluto a “suit,” the damned a bunch of clerks tapping away at laptops.

on May 16, 2012 at 9:23 PM
From Hell From Hell

“About the only good thing that can be said for New York City Opera’s Orpheus, which opened Saturday night, is that it made the rest of the company’s feeble season seem scintillating by comparison.”

on May 14, 2012 at 12:07 AM
Boy meets ghoul Boy meets ghoul

Now New York City Opera has given us a “Così Fan Tutte” starring the undead.

on March 19, 2012 at 11:11 PM
She’s fallen and she can’t get up She’s fallen and she can’t get up

“New York City Opera performed La Traviata at BAM Sunday afternoon. That’s who, what, where and when. But this was a performance without a ‘why’.”

on February 14, 2012 at 7:40 AM

La Cieca hears that the New York City Opera is moving its administrative offices to 75 Broad Street, a location you surely remember as The International Telephone and Telegraph Building.  The a 1928 structure boasts  the mosaic dome glimpsed above, and (coincidentally) sits just across the street from the old Goldman Sachs building.

on December 06, 2011 at 11:34 AM

Local 802 and AGMA have rejected New York City Opera’s “final offer,” placing the company at an “impasse,” according to an email from George Steel to members of the company’s board.

on December 01, 2011 at 11:00 AM

“City Opera Management has passed on an offer from the unions representing its musicians and singers that could have saved the company some much-needed cash. The proposal would have required members of the New York City opera to perform for free in the 2011-2012 season.” [NY1]

on November 17, 2011 at 1:01 PM