The Twilight of New York City Opera

New York City Opera at Lincoln Center (1966-2011) 

The papers were flooded with headlines concerning New York City Opera yesterday, namely, that the board of directors had met and decided that they would declare bankruptcy if the company was not able to raise a million dollars by Monday. Such will be the end of a major arts organization, one which prided itself on being the means by which American singers made their way onto the stages of the nation and world. But all that is in the past. For the past two years, the once great New York City Opera has been reduced to a shadow of its former self. 

My own tenure with the company lasted twenty-three seasons, during which time I sang in seventy operas, musicals and operattas. I would leave the stage door after a performance, cross Lincoln Center Plaza, and look back at the jewel box lights on the promenade, and say to myself that I was the luckiest guy in the world. My heart will always be with my colleagues, with whom I had the privilege and honor of sharing the stage.

Stephen Sondheim's "A Little Night Music" at New York City Opera in 1990, with Sally Ann Howes and George Lee Andrews.