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It’s official! The New York City Opera is back.

Yesterday afternoon NYCO Renaissance’s plan to reorganize the New York City Opera  was confirmed by United States Bankruptcy Court.  Yay! A big congratulations to the Chairman Roy Niederhoffer and the General Director Michael Capasso for the hard work that they have endured through the last couple of years to revitalize and revive the New York City Opera. David Drake, Chairman of LDJ Capital, is proud to work alongside them as a member of its board of directors.

Read the related articles in The New York Times and Wall Street Journal.

To celebrate, please join David Drake for the grand opening of Giacomo Puccini’s TOSCA at the Rose Theater of the Jazz at Lincoln Center (Time Warner Center) this Wednesday.


A New Production of


The American Premiere of the Stage and Costume Designs

from the Original 1900 Production in Rome, Italy

Six Performances: January 20-24, 2016

Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall




Giacomo Puccini’s three-act melodrama with its vivid Roman tableaux—the Church of Sant’Andrea della Valle, the Palazzo Farnese, and Castel Sant’Angelo—comes to brilliant life in this staging, based on Adolf Hohenstein’s striking set and costume designs for the original production that premiered at Rome’s Teatro Costanzi in 1900. For the first time outside of Italy, American audiences will be able to take in Hohenstein’s majestic Roman setting, produced with the documentary resources and cooperation of the Archivio Storico Ricordi in Milan. John Farrell serves as associate stage designer and Ildikó Debrezceni as associate costume designer. Director Lev Pugliese, making his American debut, directs the production.

Conductor Pacien Mazzagatti leads the New York City Opera Orchestra and two casts of international singers. Soprano Kristin Sampson (Floria Tosca), tenor James Valenti (Mario Cavaradossi) and baritone Michael Chioldi (Baron Scarpia) are featured on Wednesday, January 20 (7:00PM), Friday, January 22 (7:30PM) and Saturday, January 23 (8:00PM). Soprano Latonia Moore (Tosca; role debut), tenor Raffaele Abete (Cavaradossi; American stage debut) and baritone Carlo Guelfi (Scarpia) perform on Thursday, January 21 (7:00PM), Saturday, January 23 (2:00PM) and Sunday, January 24 (4:00PM). This staging of Tosca celebrates the achievements of New York City Opera, inaugurated with this same opera on February 21, 1944 at the New York City Center for Music and Drama (today’s New York City Center), while remaining true to City Opera’s tradition of presenting both established singers and younger artists in compelling productions of core operatic repertoire, unusual rarities and contemporary works.



Michael Capasso, General Director of NYCO Renaissance said, “This Tosca is the culmination of more than two years of preparation to honor the contributions of this great company and lay the groundwork for its revival.”

Roy Niederhoffer, Chairman of NYCO Renaissance continued by stating, “We have worked diligently to revive this important New York institution by looking to its original mission as ‘The People’s Opera,’ developing a viable, entrepreneurial business model, and paving the way for the company to return to its critical place in the City’s cultural landscape.”


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