The New York City Opera is a superb company, with a delightful duality to its approach: It not only attempts to reach a wider audience than the Met with its more "human" scale and significantly lower prices ($16-$120), but it's also committed to adventurous premieres, new operas, the occasional avant-garde work, American musicals (Porgy and Bess) and novels (Of Mice and Men) presented as fresh, innovative operettas, and even obscure works by mainstream or lesser-known composers. Its mix stretches from the "easy" works of Puccini, Verdi, and Gilbert and Sullivan to the more challenging oeuvres of the likes of Arnold Schönberg and Philip Glass. What's more, recent renovations at the renamed David H. Koch Theater (formerly the New York State Theater) promise a much more comfortable operatic experience.
- © Frommer's 2013
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