New York City Opera
George Steel, General Manager and Artistic Director
Imaginative, adventurous, and accessible, New York City Opera was founded with the purpose of making great opera available to a modern, wide-reaching audience. For more than sixty years, since Mayor Fiorello La Guardia established its reputation as “The People’s Opera,” the company has stayed true to its original promise: introducing generation after generation of young singers who are stars in the making, bringing the public exciting new works and compelling, fresh interpretations of classics, acting as a champion for American composers and performers, and ensuring that today’s opera, and tomorrow’s, can be a part of every New Yorker’s life.
In the 2011-2012 season, New York City Opera embarks on a new era as it leaves its Lincoln Center home to present its season in venues throughout New York City, creating a living presence in the neighborhoods of Brooklyn, the Upper West Side, Harlem, and Central Park. These world-class theaters are specially-curated for the opera productions they house, providing the perfect backdrops and impeccable acoustics while giving audiences and performers alike a compelling new way to experience live opera, bringing the art form directly into the neighborhoods of the city we serve.