New York City Opera

Diverse opera selections from Rigoletto to Pride in the Park

Extraordinary opera selections produced by New York City Opera, including Carmen, Rigoletto, Now That’s What I Call Opera! (classic opera selections), and a special Pride in the Park performance.

New York City Opera was famously dubbed “The People’s Opera” by Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia at its founding in 1943. More than 70 years later, City Opera continues its historic mission to inspire audiences with innovative and theatrically compelling opera, nurture the work of promising American artists, and build new audiences through affordable ticket prices and extensive outreach and education programs.​

Picnic Performances continues the tradition of opera in Bryant Park. Check back soon for more information about the evening’s program and COVID-19 safety protocols for attending the event in the park.

Enjoy the full recording of Picnic Performances: New York City Opera’s Pride in the Park.

Enjoy New York City Opera’s performance of Carmen, below, before it was rained out!

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All performances start at 7pm

Friday, June 18
Pride in the Park
New York City Opera’s annual LGBTQ Pride concert will feature a diverse program of selections from opera and musical theater sung by a quartet of stars from City Opera’s Pride Series. We will close this performance with a special new arrangement of the finale from Stonewall, Iain Bell and Mark Campbell’s opera which was commissioned by NYCO and given its world premiere in 2019. Come celebrate Pride in Bryant Park with New York City Opera!

Friday, July 2
The innkeeper Lillas Pastia narrates the tempestuous story of the irresistible seductress Carmen and her hapless lover Don José in this fully staged, hour-long adaptation of Bizet’s beloved opera, providing a perfect introduction to opera for newcomers of any age.

Saturday, August 21

Now That’s What I Call Opera!
New York City Opera presents a concert suited for the whole family. Stars of the City Opera stage will treat New Yorkers young and old to a program of operatic favorites including selections from The Barber of Seville, Carmen, Rigoletto, La bohème, and many more; emceed by General Director Michael Capasso in an engaging and educational format.

Friday, September 3
A newly created, 90-minute version of Verdi’s masterpiece Rigoletto, conducted by Constantine Orbelian and starring Michael Chioldi in the title role, Brandie Sutton as his daughter Gilda and Won Whi Choi as the lecherous Duke of Mantua. The production will be staged by NYCO General Director Michael Capasso and feature narration written and performed by acclaimed Shakespearean actor and noted playwright Bill Van Horn.

Livestream info

New this year: thanks to generous support from Bank of America, nearly all Picnic Performances will be livestreamed and available to watch at no cost. We invite you to grab a blanket, get comfortable, and enjoy the show, no matter where you are!

All City Opera performances will be livestreamed. Watch on Bryant Park’s Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube channels @bryantparknyc.

In-park attendance

As New York State and City safety guidelines for public gatherings quickly change in response to the ongoing success of NYC’s COVID-19 vaccination program, Bryant Park is adjusting its on-site plans to safely accommodate as many advance registration attendees as possible. Updated audience protocols for June Picnic Performances will be shared in the upcoming weeks well in advance of the first City Opera performance on June 18. Free tickets for attending in-person events in June will be available to reserve on Eventbrite approximately 10 days ahead of each show.