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The Opera Fest is organized by New York Opera Alliance, a consortium of over 40 independent opera companies in New York, ranging from more established companies like Bronx Opera and Regina Opera to newer, more experimental groups like Rhymes With Opera and Experiments in Opera.
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Photo: Experiments in Opera Last week I had the opportunity to speak with Peter Szep, who is in charge of the exciting
, currently running in and around NYC. The Opera Fest is organized by
, a consortium of over 40 independent opera companies in New York, ranging from more established companies like
and
(both of which have been featured in these pages) to newer, more experimental groups like
and
. The festival opened last week with an event at Opera America headquarters honoring WQXR's revered opera columnist
, with performances from NY Opera Fest participating companies Opera Upper West, On Site Opera, Bronx Opera, and Regina Opera.

Following are just some of the exciting offerings presented as part of NY Opera Fest:

This is just a partial list. Check the web site to see a complete listing and calendar.

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Photo: Opera on Tap What comes next for NY Opera Alliance? In addition to NY Opera Fest 2.0, already in its planning stages, Mr. Szep envisions expanding the consortium's support activities with workshops on topics like fund raising and development, and finding and managing volunteers. He also spoke of a database of shared resources, including lists of recommended production personnel (lighting designers, stage managers, etc.).

From NYOA's formation in 2011, founders Mr. Szep, Gina Crusco, and Cori Ellison envisioned a festival featuring the work of many different opera groups. NYOA has grown from four organizations to more than 40, and since 2013 the consortium has been fiscally sponsored by OPERA America. Mr. Szep states,"We believe that New Yorkers and visitors to New York alike can be better informed about the breadth, range and vitality of New York City's opera-producing community. Together we aspire to increase awareness of participating organizations, share ideas and resources, and generate revenue for collaborative projects."

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