This Moment in Opera

By New York City Opera
Tuesday, May 3, 2011 | 8:09 AM
Spring has sprung in New York City, and that can mean only one thing: it's time for VOX Contemporary American Opera Lab.  Every year, New York City Opera presents an exciting opportunity to see new works from both established and emerging American composers and librettists.  These works are presented over two days by the New York City Opera Orchestra as well as a roster of exceptional soloists. It's two dayIn our latest podcast, George Steel, Director of Artistic Planning Edward Yim, and VOX Producer Beth Morrison talk about each of the 10 selections that will be shown this year. From the sport of bird song to a re-imagining of Beauty and the Beast, learn more about these fascinating new works.
For tickets and information, click here.
By New York City Opera
Monday, April 11, 2011 | 9:18 AM
Composer Stephen Schwartz joins us for our latest podcast to discuss his first opera Séance on a Wet Afternoon making its New York premiere here at City Opera.  Stephen sits down with George Steel to talk about the piece's start at VOX, the joy of writing for villains, what it's like to work with family, and even hints at some upcoming projects.
By New York City Opera
Friday, April 8, 2011 | 2:12 PM
George Steel sits down with Academy Award--winning composer Stephen Schwartz to discuss what makes an opera and what makes musical theater.  Get a little taste of what you might hear at this weekend's Opera or Musical Theater? panel discussion.
By New York City Opera
Monday, March 7, 2011 | 12:45 PM
It's a busy season here at New York City Opera: a revival of Donizetti's The Elixir of Love, a triple bill of Monodramas, and the New York premiere of Stephen Schwartz's Séance on a Wet Afternoon.  Hear our very own George Steel talk about these exciting productions as well as our upcoming concerts and events in the latest podcast.
By New York City Opera
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 | 11:31 AM
Director Stephen Wadsworth is well-known in the opera community for his daring, inventive staging at the world’s leading opera houses.  What many may not know is his work as a librettist, in particular his partnership with Leonard Bernstein on A Quiet Place.  In this podcast, Artistic Director and General Manager George Steel speaks with Wadsworth about the personal nature of the piece and the journey it made to its New York premiere here at City Opera.
By New York City Opera
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 | 7:19 AM
Richard Strauss's Intermezzo opens Sunday, October 31.  Think of it as I Love Lucy the opera - a hilarious domestic comedy about the shenanigans of a feisty, yet devoted wife and her renowned composer husband. The score is sprinkled with gorgeous music and spectacular orchestral interludes that will make you want to waltz in the aisles. 
You may not know that real-life circumstances of Strauss's own marriage inspired these escapades. Listen as Music Director George Manahan and the production's director, Leon Major, discuss Strauss's hot-headed wife Pauline and how their relationship molded this brilliant composer's work.
 Leon Major
By New York City Opera
Monday, October 18, 2010 | 12:07 PM
Ready for New York City Opera's fall season?  Be in-the-know with General Manager and Artistic Director George Steel as he speaks with Music Director George Manahan about our upcoming season.  Learn more about our new concert series, the long-awaited New York premiere of Leonard Bernstein's A Quiet Place, Mary Dunleavy's return to City Opera in Richard Strauss's Intermezzo, and more!
By New York City Opera
Wednesday, April 28, 2010 | 11:20 AM
Want to hear the future of opera?  Director of Artistic Planning Edward Yim, Dramaturg Cori Ellison, and Producer Beth Morrison discuss their selections for this year's VOX Contemporary American Opera Lab.  Listen as they detail the process for choosing the pieces that will have the chance to perform at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts with the entire New York City Opera Orchestra.
VOX 2010
By New York City Opera
Friday, April 9, 2010 | 9:32 AM
What exactly is a countertenor?  Is it really the modern-day version of the famed Italian castrati?  General Manager and Artistic Director George Steel sits down with Partenope stars Iestyn Davies and Anthony Roth Costanzo to discuss the fascinating history of this singing voice and how it has transitioned from the Baroque to the present.
By New York City Opera
Thursday, April 1, 2010 | 11:19 AM
Director of Artistic Planning Edward Yim sits down with Shu-Ying Li and Yunah Lee, both performing the role of Cio Cio San in this season's production of Pucinni's Madama Butterfly.  Shu-Ying and Yunah discuss the beauties and challenges of performing one of the most famous roles in opera, both as opera singers and Asian women.
Shu-Ying Li and Yunah Lee
By New York City Opera
Monday, March 29, 2010 | 12:44 PM
'City Opera dramaturg Cori Ellison sits down with astrologer and opera enthusiast Sheila Roher to discuss the significance of the stars in this season's L'Étoile, a charming operetta about the intertwining destinies of a king, his court clairvoyant, and the lowly peasant boy who would unite them all.
L Etoile0040
By New York City Opera
Tuesday, October 13, 2009 | 11:28 AM
Gary Wedow
Gary Wedow
Was part of Don Giovanni autobiographical? Who else may have added to the libretto? How do you approach a piece that's been considered a masterpiece for over two centuries? Conductor Gary Wedow joins us to answer these questions and many more as he discusses our upcoming production of Don Giovanni.
By New York City Opera
Monday, September 28, 2009 | 12:28 PM
Charles Kondek cropped
Charles Kondek
How do you turn a short story from the Bible into an operatic masterpiece?  Few people know better than Charles Kondek, librettist of Hugo Weisgall's final opera, Esther.  In this second in a series on Esther, Dramaturg Cori Ellison sits down with Charles Kondek to learn how he brought Esther to life.
By New York City Opera
Tuesday, September 8, 2009 | 2:53 PM
Alden Christopher
Christopher Alden
What is it about bad boys that we all find so appealing?  Director Christopher Alden and Dramaturg Cori Ellison explore this question and many more in our first in a series of podcasts discussing our brand new production of Don Giovanni, coming to New York City Opera this November.
For more information on Don Giovanni and to buy tickets, click here.
By New York City Opera
Friday, August 14, 2009 | 11:46 AM
Rabbi Jill Hammer
Rabbi Jill Hammer
Samson and Delilah and Salomé are just two examples of how bible stories can be brought to life with all the drama of grand opera.  Hugo Weisgall continued that tradition when Esther premiered here at New York City Opera in 1993.  Based on the Bible tale of a brave young girl who becomes queen and ultimately rescues her people from near-destruction, Esther is packed with the personal and political drama that makes for a thrilling night at the opera.
In our first in a series of episodes about Esther, Dramaturg Cori Ellison sits down with Rabbi Jill Hammer to discuss the origins of the story of Esther and its relevance to modern audiences.
By New York City Opera
Wednesday, May 20, 2009 | 11:35 AM
 George Steel c Ren Perez    Manahan, George New
New York City Opera is busy preparing for the 2009-2010 season.  In this episode, Dramaturg Cori Ellison speaks with  new General Manager and Artistic Director George Steel and Music Director George Manahan about the upcoming season, which includes Mozart's Don Giovanni, Esther by Hugo Weisgall, Puccini's Madama Butterfly, L'Étoile by Chabrier, and Handel's Partenope. 
By New York City Opera
Tuesday, March 31, 2009 | 2:39 PM
On May 1st and 2nd New York City Opera celebrates the 10th Anniversary of VOX, a free two-day festival of new American opera, with ten bold new works from both established and emerging American composers.
In this episode you will hear from some of the creative forces behind VOX 2009: 
Stephen Schwartz     Gordon Beeferman    Charlotte Jackson
Act I (2:25): Renowned musical theater composer Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippen) discusses his first foray into writing opera.
Act II (13:50): Gordon Beeferman and Charlotte Jackson, the creators of The Rat Land, which was presented at VOX 2007 return with a new scene from the opera. 
Act III (24:15): Project Director Yuval Sharon and City Opera Dramaturg Cori Ellison discuss what happens behind-the-scenes at VOX

For more information on VOX 2009 click here

By New York City Opera
Tuesday, December 9, 2008 | 12:23 PM
Lauren Flanigan
How do you get to Carnegie Hall?  Practice!
That's exactly what we are doing at New York City Opera in anticipation of our Carnegie Hall debut this January 15th and 16th, with the City Opera premiere of Samuel Barber's Antony and Cleopatra, in concert. 
In this podcast, soprano Lauren Flanigan speaks with City Opera Dramaturg Cori Ellison about preparing to sing the role of Cleopatra, the challenges of playing historical characters, and the surprising affinities between Cleopatra and such modern "heroines" as Martha Stewart and Madeleine Albright.
By New York City Opera
Wednesday, August 20, 2008 | 10:00 AM
George-Manahan- new
Dramaturg Cori Ellison speaks with George Manahan, City Opera's Music Director about "Looking Forward".  Maestro Manahan will conduct and offer commentary on the music and the pioneering 20th-century geniuses who created it, including Claude Debussy, Benjamin Britten, Igor Stravinsky, and Olivier Messiaen.
City Opera will perform "Looking Forward" in each of the city's five boroughs, beginning with a performance at Staten Island's St. George Theatre on October 4th, and culminating in a concert at Manhattan's newly-renovated Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center on April 11th, 2009.  Listen to this podcast for a generous sampling of the "Looking Foward" music and an insider's peek at the ideas behind this concert. 
For more details on "Looking Forward" click HERE
By New York City Opera
Sunday, April 6, 2008 | 1:57 PM
Cori Ellison- new  Mark-Moorman- new
City Opera's Erik Gensler speaks with two staff operaphiles about the 2008 Spring Season which includes: Purcell's King Arthur, Puccini's Madama Butterfly and Tosca, Verdi's Falstaff, and Bernstein's Candide.  Dramaturg Cori Ellison and Associate Director of Donor Communication, Mark Moorman provide a behind-the-scenes look at each of these operas - the singers, the artistic teams, and history behind each of these productions.  Cori and Mark also reveal their favorite moments from each of these works.
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