NYC Opera’s Spring Gala in Central Park Features Deborah Voigt Tonight, 5/16


New York City Opera celebrates the company's 2011-12 season with New York's civic leaders tonight, May 16, with its Spring Gala: An Evening with Deborah Voigt. The event takes place at the historic Loeb Central Park Boathouse in Manhattan and feature cocktails and gondola rides on the lake, as well as a formal dinner and dancing to the Jazz Age sounds of the Grammy Award-winning Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks.

The spring gala will celebrate the revitalization of NYC Opera, and will support the company's mission: to create innovative productions of new and classic work, to reach a wide audience with affordable ticket prices, and to bring music into the lives of thousands of students each year through education programs in New York City's public schools. George Steel, NYC Opera's General Manager and Artistic Director, says:

"For this year's spring gala, we've created a classic New York night in the heart of the city: Central Park in the full, magnificent bloom of spring as the backdrop for sunset cocktails, a fabulous meal, and even gondola rides on the lake. We're thrilled to have as the star of the event Deborah Voigt – one of today's greatest American voices, and an exemplary advocate for the arts. It will be the perfect way for the company to celebrate a groundbreaking season, and the city's best and brightest have already stepped forward to support NYC Opera on this sensational evening."

The centerpiece of the evening will be a private concert by Deborah Voigt. Hailed as one of opera's top dramatic sopranos – excelling in Wagner, Strauss, Verdi and Puccini – Voigt is also renowned as a performer of Broadway tunes, jazz standards and popular songs. Accompanying Voigt at the piano will be Tony Award-winning theater artist and NYC Opera Artist Council member Ted Sperling. Voigt says: "Whether you sing or listen to opera in this great city, we all benefit by the wonderful work that New York City Opera has done throughout the years for this art form we all love. NYC Opera is truly a New York institution, and I'm very excited to sing at its spring gala, which this year takes place at one of my favorite – and certainly one of the most romantic – places in the city: the Central Park Boathouse. It's going to be a wonderful night."

New York City Opera's Spring Gala: An Evening with Deborah Voigt

When: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 – 6:30pm: cocktails; 7:30pm: dinner and performance; 9:30pm: dancing. 

Where: Loeb Central Park Boathouse in Central Park, entrance at 72nd St & Fifth Ave

Performance: Soprano Deborah Voigt and pianist Ted Sperling

Beneficiary: New York City Opera

Table and ticket levels: Leadership tables: $100,000; Platinum tables $75,000; Gold tables: $50,000; Silver tables: $25,000; Bronze tables $12,500; and Young Patron tables: $5,000; tickets: $10,000, $5,000, $2,500, $1,250 (limited availability)

Gala leadership: Caroline and Paul Cronson, Michael and Mary Gellert, Julia and David H. Koch, Mark and Lorry Newhouse, Susan and Elihu Rose, Annaliese Soros, Alice and Tom Tisch, Charles R. Wall

Attire: Cocktail attire

Gala sponsors: American Airlines, Bellavista, Cesari fine wines of Verona

To purchase tickets or for more information: Call the New York City Opera Special Events office at 646-758-9469. 

About New York City Opera

New York City Opera continues its mission to make opera available to a modern, wide-reaching audience. For more than 60 years, the company has stayed true to its original promise: introducing generation after generation of young singers who are stars in the making, bringing the public exciting new works and compelling, fresh interpretations of classics, acting as a champion for American composers and performers, and ensuring that opera can be a part of every New Yorker's life.

The company is building tomorrow's audiences through its work in arts education. NYC Opera Education students meet with NYC Opera Teaching Artists and other theater professionals in their classrooms, go behind the scenes to see how productions come together, and watch world-class performances on NYC Opera's stage. In 2011-12, NYC Opera Education has served nearly 3,000 students in 19 New York City schools, as well as in Westchester, New Jersey, and Long Island.

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