The Opera Orchestra of New York (also known as OONY) specializes in the performance of opera in concert form. It is particularly known for its work in presenting rarely performed repertory. Among the numerous American premieres it has presented are Puccini's Edgar, Boito's Nerone, and Smetana's Libuše.

History

Carnegie Hall, OONY's performance venue
Carnegie Hall, OONY's performance venue

Founded in 1971[1] by Eve Queler, who remains its conductor and music director, the orchestra presented its first season in 1972 with two operas – Rossini's William Tell and Meyerbeer's L'africaine – performed at New York's Carnegie Hall. Since then it has gone on to present more than ninety different operas there, with the season now consisting of three to four operas, which are also broadcast on National Public Radio. In the past, tickets came with a complete libretto of the opera being performed. However, the 2007/2008 season introduced surtitles for the first time.

Financial difficulties in early 2007 threatened to close the company or severely curtail its 2007/2008 season to one opera. However, these were overcome, and the 2007/2008 season of three operas opened as planned on 13 December 2007 with Verdi's I due Foscari.[2] An additional Gala concert celebrating Eve Queler's 100th performance conducting the orchestra at Carnegie Hall was presented in March 2008. In 2011, The New York Times reported that the orchestra under new musical director Alberto Veronesi had returned to financial stability.[3]

Many prominent opera singers have performed with the orchestra including Plácido Domingo, Nicolai Gedda, Montserrat Caballé, Carlo Bergonzi, Renata Scotto, Alfredo Kraus, José Carreras, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Bryan Hymel, Angela Meade, Samuel Ramey, James Morris, Angela Gheorghiu, Roberto Alagna, Jonas Kaufmann, Mignon Dunn, Grace Bumbry and Ghena Dimitrova, many of them in the very early stages of their careers. (José Carreras made his OONY debut in 1972 on his twenty-fourth birthday.)

In 1978, the Opera Orchestra of New York instituted a Young Artists Program to train and showcase young singers. Participants sing small roles in the Carnegie Hall performances and understudy the principal ones. Notable past participants in the program include Renée Fleming, Vivica Genaux and Deborah Voigt.

Performance

2000s[edit]

2016

2014

2012–2013

2011–2012

2010–2011

2008–2009

2007–2008

2006–2007

2005–2006

2004–2005

2003–2004

2002–2003

2001–2002

2000–2001

1990s[edit]

1999–2000

1998–1999

1997–1998

1996–1997

1995–1996

1994–1995

1993–1994

1992–1993

1991–1992

1990–1991

1980s[edit]

1989–1990

1988–1989

1987–1988

1986–1987

1985–1986

1984–1985

1983–1984

1982–1983

1981–1982

1980–1981

1970s[edit]

1979–1980

1978–1979

1977–1978

1976–1977

1975–1976

1974–1975

1973–1974

1972–1973

1971–1972

Recordings

References

  1. ^ The Opera Orchestra of New York grew from a smaller project, the New York Opera Workshop, which Queler had started in 1967.
  2. ^ Matthew Westphal, Opera Orchestra of New York Launches Season with Verdi's I Due Foscari at Carnegie Hall, Playbill Arts, 13 December 2007.
  3. ^ Tommasini, Anthony (Nov 9, 2011). "2 Stars Spice Up Verismo Opera". The New York Times. Retrieved 11 January 2022.

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