New York Opera Festival to Kick Off 4/27

The New York Opera Alliance (NYOA) will officially launch their first annual New York Opera Festival with a kickoff event on Wednesday April 27th, from 6-8pm, at Marc A. Scorca Hall in OPERA America's National Opera Center (330 Seventh Ave at 29th St). The event will honor Fred Plotkin of WQXR's Operavore ( - !/people/fred-plotkin/) for his exceptional service to the NYC opera community, and will also feature performances from the following NY Opera Fest participants:

Bronx Opera, Rossini's Cinderella (La cenerentola)

On Site Opera, Marcos Portugal's The Marriage of Figaro

Opera Upper West, Menotti's The Telephone

Regina Opera, Puccini's Manon Lescaut

The event is free and open to the public, though attendees must RSVP by April 20 at:

The inaugural New York Opera Fest ( will take place May-June, 2016, with over 20 New York City-based companies putting on events in venues ranging from bars to playgrounds to traditional theaters. In addition to performances, the festival will showcase behind-the-scenes events where the public can attend open rehearsals, forums, showcases, and masterclasses featuring some of opera's brightest emerging talents.

With the New York Opera Fest, the Alliance will show that opera is not just a great catalogue of works, but a living, breathing community of people who produce new work, develop new artists, and engage with youth and the community. The festival is a chance for New Yorkers to discover the variety and creativity of our local opera companies.

For more info, full schedule and tickets, visit:

The New York Opera Alliance works in partnership with OPERA America, the national service organization for opera and the nation's leading advocate for American opera, based in New York City.

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