New York City Opera Hits Wrong Note, Musicians Say

July 13, 2011 at 11:02 am

The New York City Opera has operated at Lincoln Center since 1966. Despite cutbacks, the opera can no longer afford to stay in its current home. Flickr/Nan Palmero

The fat lady didn’t sing, but New York City Opera’s days at Lincoln Center are officially over. 

The opera’s general manager and artistic director George Steel announced Tuesday that the financially-troubled institution will kick off its 2011 season in Brooklyn because it can’t afford to remain in its longtime home, the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center.

The opera will open its 2011 season with La Traviata at Brooklyn Academy of Music, followed by Orpheus at El Teatro at Museo Del Barrio in Harlem, and Cosi Fan Tutte at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College on 10th Avenue and West 58th Street.

Scattering performances throughout the city was the only way the organization could survive, Steel said. “New York City Opera’s new home stage will be New York City itself – a theater with eight million seats,” Steel said. “We’re coming out to meet the people of New York.”

The cash-strapped arts organization, founded in 1943 and dubbed “the people’s opera” by Mayor Fiorello La Guardia, is seeking to slash its budget after a series of financial setbacks. It’s operated at Lincoln Center since 1966.

The company has trimmed its staff by 14 positions, Steel said, and is negotiating new contracts with the unions that represent orchestra and chorus members.

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