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New York City Opera welcomes new music director Jayce Ogren

3 April 2013, New York, US

Jayce Ogren, NYCO's new music director
Jayce Ogren, NYCO's new music director(Photo: Roger Mastroianni)

Signalling the company’s return to financial health after several difficult seasons, the New York City Opera has appointed Jayce Ogren as its new music director, from 1 September 2013.

Ogren has conducted three NYCO productions over recent seasons, including Britten’s The Turn of the Screw earlier this year. From September, he will conduct at least two productions per season as well as concerts, galas and other projects.

Welcoming Ogren, NYCO’s general and artistic director George Steel said that the young maestro ‘already has an extraordinary track record with our orchestra, and will bring electricity and artistic insight to our music-making’.

This month, meanwhile, the company returns to its roots at New York City Centre, known as the ‘People’s Theatre’, where it was founded in 1943 by the then Mayor of New York, Fiorello La Guardia. The theatre, where NYCO last performed in 1965, has been completely renovated, with more comfortable seating and improved sightlines.

The Spring Season, running from 14 to 27 April, opens with Rossini’s Biblical blockbuster, Moses in Egypt. Jayce Ogren conducts the opera with its dramatic yet refined, heavily Mozartian score. Director Michael Counts, an artist known for his fertile imagination and his ability to create extraordinary multimedia ‘happenings’, promises to match the epic sweep of Rossini’s music with the requisite visual grandeur.

In complete contrast, the second opera of NYCO’s Spring Season is Offenbach’s La Périchole, a madcap account of sexual shennigans in 18th-century Peru. Marie Lenormande, an NYCO regular, sings the title role, while the French tenor Philippe Talbot, an operetta specialist, makes his company debut. Director Christopher Alden, the David Lynch of opera, is sure to add a sardonic twist to Offenbach’s irrepressible fizz.


Win tickets to NYCO's upcoming productions of Moses in Egypt and La Périchole!

To enter, simply drop us an email with the subject ‘NYCO’ to Please include your full name, address and a contact telephone number. (Deadline for entries: 11 April 2013.)

A pair of tickets will be allocated to one winner for each of the productions. Performances take place on 16 April (Moses in Egypt) and 23 April (La Périchole).


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