City Lyric Opera Unveils New Season Celebrating Individual Artistry and Community Collaboration

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By: Dec. 01, 2023
City Lyric Opera Unveils New Season Celebrating Individual Artistry and Community Collaboration
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City Lyric Opera Unveils New Season Celebrating Individual Artistry and Community Collaboration

City Lyric Opera has announced a shift in its company structure and an exciting lineup for its Spring 2024 programming. For seven seasons, City Lyric Opera has enchanted audiences with grand stage productions and intimate salon concerts. Now, the company is embarking on a new chapter that puts artists front and center, celebrating the individual artistry that makes the New York music scene thrive.

"We felt that this shift in programming came at an integral time not only for our organization but also for the arts community here in New York," shares Executive Director Megan Gillis. "CLO has always strived to put artists in the driver's seat of their own artistic and creative process. This new direction allows us to continue that mission while also allowing us to connect with a larger and more diverse audience base. I'm so excited by how much talent and creative energy there is in NYC and am so proud that CLO can become a home for innovation and creativity within the opera community."

Under the tagline "Where New Audiences Meet New Artists," City Lyric Opera's upcoming season platforms individual artists in a diverse array of innovative recital, concert, and immersive music performances in co-productions between the artist and CLO, providing each artist a platform for their own work while offering support through resources, funding, and expertise. The Spring 2024 season promises to showcase the exceptional talents of the singers who contribute to the city's musical tapestry.

Coming up this season:

January 27, 2024 - Lifting Voices

Soprano Amanda Simms takes the stage with a solo recital, exploring the perspective of women in opera. Featuring works by Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov and black composer HT Burleigh, Simms promises an evening that lifts voices and stories often unheard.

February 10, 2024 - The Languages of Love

CLO Alumnus, Baritone Sejin Park and pianist Hyemin Jeong create the perfect Valentine's date night with a recital of love-themed songs, followed by a wine reception that adds a touch of romance to the evening.

March 21 & 22, 2024 - Awakening

Sopranos Abagael Cheng and Sadie Spivey present "Awakening," a semi-staged, narrative-based, collaborative song recital that explores the power of protest music. Shedding light on socio-economic disparities in our communities, this performance is a call to action and a celebration of change.

April 25, 2024 - Brittle Bright

Mezzo-soprano Sarah Knott premieres "Brittle, Bright," a song cycle composed by Brad Bombardier with text by poet Marion Thompson van Steenwyk. Joined by the poet's daughter, Linda Turpening, this performance promises to be a captivating exploration of music and poetry.

May 16 & 18, 2024 - Britten's 5 Canticles

Experience Benjamin Britten like never before with a multidisciplinary production of Five Canticles. With Tenor Daveed Buzaglo at the helm and in collaboration with Music at Co-Cath, this performance weaves together faith, spirituality, and religious devotion through visual art, choreography, music, and cinema.

June 13-15, 2024 - Enchanted Melodies

Soprano Emily Gallagher presents a family-friendly concert that introduces children to classical music through enchanting fairy tales. With interactive elements that invite the audience to be part of the story, this concert promises to leave both young and old creatively stimulated and with a greater appreciation for classical music.



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