Bronx Opera was founded in 1967 and
represents our borough proudly. As the
oldest non-Lincoln Center opera company in New York City, we carry the banner of The
Bronx throughout the area and, by reputation, around the country and the
Bronx Opera’s annual activities can be divided into three main areas of
The Bronx Opera
Company presents two main stage productions each season, both in English. These productions are presented fully: with
scenery, costumes, lighting and props, with full orchestra, in English
(translated into English when needed). In
January, a rarely-performed work is presented in two performances (plus an abridged
matinee performance for students) at our home base, the Monroe and Rose Lovinger
Theater at Lehman College in the Bedford Park section of The Bronx. This production is repeated at the Sylvia and
Danny Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College.
In May, a more familiar work is presented. Once again, two full performances and an
abridgement are presented at Lehman College.
The following weekend sees us as a guest company at Hofstra University’s
John Cranford Adams Playhouse in Hempstead, NY.
This year, the January production at Lehman and Hunter will be the NYC and East Coast premiere of Kirke Mechem's The Rivals; in May, we will present Giuseppe Verdi’s
beloved La traviata, at Lehman and Hofstra.
presents over twenty concerts of all different musical shapes and sizes
throughout the year. BOC artists have
been seen in all five boroughs, as well as Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester,
Rockland, Putnam, Sullivan and Delaware Counties, and in Connecticut. Highlights of these events include Bronx
Opera’s annual participation in Hofstra University’s annual Italian Festival
celebration, concerts at the St. Paul’s National Historic Site in Mount Vernon
and presentations at the historic Walton Theatre in Delaware County, NY. In addition, Bronx Opera’s chorus is part of
the Orchestra of the Bronx’s annual performance of Handel’s The
Messiah in cooperation with the Lehman Center for the Performing Arts.
The Bronx Opera Company’s Arts Education programming consists
of two main components: our Opera in the-Schools (OitS)
Program and our work through the City’s CASA (Cultural After-School Adventures)
OitS (which BOC was instituted in
1997), provides special children’s weekday morning matinees; free children’s
admission to weekend main stage performances in The Bronx (with drastically
reduced ticket prices for their parents); special backstage tours and school
visits by company artists and staff before and after the above. Schools where we have worked in the past have
included Public Schools 5, 31, 153, 162, Intermediate Schools 152, 158 and
DeWitt Clinton and Morris High Schools, as well as the Bronx High School of
Science, among others.
Through CASA, BxO artists and
staff work with a selected local school.
Our professionals advise school staff and teachers as they prepare the
school’s annual musical. This advice
extends to helping with musical direction, stage direction, choreography,
script analysis and sound. Since the
2009-10 school year, we have worked at Middle School 80x on Mosholu Parkway in
Norwood on productions of Annie, Alice in Wonderland, Fame and Thoroughly Modern Millie.