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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 world. 

 

The Bronx Opera’s annual activities can be divided into three main areas of programming:

 

a)      Main Stage Productions:

 

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.

 

b)     Community Concerts:

 

Bronx Opera 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.

 

c)      Arts-in-Education Programs

 

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) program.

 

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.

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