After 39 seasons with free, fully staged performances in Central Park, New York Grand Opera canceled this year’s season due to the « increasing unpredictability of the weather ». On the company’s website, conductor Vincent La Selva writes: « As you may remember, we had to cancel a number of performances in recent summers due to heavy rainstorms. For this reason I have decided to plan indoor performances and will not present a season in Central Park this summer.”

Led by founder and artistic director Vincent La Selva, 83, New York Grand Opera is unique in the world for presenting professional fully-staged grand opera productions free of charge to the public, giving all people access to opera, regardless of their financial means. Its critically acclaimed productions have been seen by an estimated 3 million people throughout the New York metropolitan area. The company functions with money coming from donations only.

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