A Spectacular Puccini Tribute: New York City Opera’s Outdoor Concert at Bryant Park

Emcee Michael Capasso introducing The NYC Opera in a celebration of Puccini at Bryant Park. Photo by Edward Kliszus
Emcee Michael Capasso introducing The NYC Opera in a celebration of Puccini at Bryant Park. Photo by Edward Kliszus

NEW YORK – A Spectacular Puccini Tribute: New York City Opera’s Outdoor Concert at Bryant Park

Electrifying

On a perfect June evening, the New York City Opera brought Bryant Park to life and opened the summer season with an electrifying and glorious outdoor concert commemorating the 100th anniversary of Giacomo Puccini’s death. Under the skilled direction of conductor Joseph Rescigno, the world-class company presented scenes and sublime cantilenas from every Puccini opera, crafting delectation and profound heights of elation and sadness in an opulent tapestry of the composer’s most beloved works.


Joseph Rescigno, Conductor of A Spectacular Puccini Tribute: New York City Opera's Outdoor Concert at Bryant Park. Courtesy nycopera.com

Joseph Rescigno, Conductor of A Spectacular Puccini Tribute: New York City Opera’s Outdoor Concert at Bryant Park. Courtesy nycopera.com

The Village Square

The tradition of live concerts in village squares and parks is a cherished aspect of many cultures. It represents a commitment to making the arts accessible, fostering community spirit, and preserving cultural heritage. These events continue to thrive, reflecting their timeless appeal and significant role in public life. You may recall the Promenade Concerts initiated by Johann Strauss II in Vienna or the Boston Pops Orchestra concerts at the Hatch Shell on the Charles River Esplanade.

Tenor Victor Starsky and Soprano Irina Rindzuner performing Tu tu amore tu! from Manon Lescaut in A Spectacular Puccini Tribute: New York City Opera's Outdoor Concert at Bryant Park. Photo by Edward Kliszus

Tenor Victor Starsky and Soprano Irina Rindzuner performing Tu tu amore tu! from Manon Lescaut in A Spectacular Puccini Tribute: New York City Opera’s Outdoor Concert at Bryant Park. Photo by Edward Kliszus



Enchanting Magic

The iconic setting of Bryant Park, nestled amidst the skyscrapers of New York City, provided an enthralling milieu for this event. The open-air venue and marvelous acoustics ensured the beautiful resonation of Puccini’s melodies and added enchanting magic to the concert.

A Poignant Tone

Soprano Tatev Baroyan delivered a heart-wrenching, devotional rapture of “Senza Mamma” from Suor Angelica. Baroyan’s voice, filled with sorrow and longing, drew the audience into Angelica’s tragic world. Her emotional depth and vocal control set a poignant tone for the night.

Soprano Tatev Baroyan performing Senza Mamma from Suor Angelica in A Spectacular Puccini Tribute: New York City Opera's Outdoor Concert at Bryant Park. Photo by Edward Kliszus

Soprano Tatev Baroyan performing Senza Mamma from Suor Angelica in A Spectacular Puccini Tribute: New York City Opera’s Outdoor Concert at Bryant Park. Photo by Edward Kliszus

Enchanting

Soprano Ashley Galvani Bell soared to dramatic heights when performing the enchanting “O mio babbino caro” from Gianni Schicchi. Bell’s performance was an elegant, ravishing blend of purity and lyrical beauty, perfectly capturing the aria’s innocent charm. Her clear, beguiling, and elegiac tones floated effortlessly through the park, enchanting all who listened.

Tenor WooYoung Yoon and Soprano Ashley Galvani Bell performing O soave fanciulla in A Spectacular Puccini Tribute: New York City Opera's Outdoor Concert at Bryant Park. Photo by Edward Kliszus

Tenor WooYoung Yoon and Soprano Ashley Galvani Bell performing O soave fanciulla in A Spectacular Puccini Tribute: New York City Opera’s Outdoor Concert at Bryant Park. Photo by Edward Kliszus



Dramatic Intensity

Soprano Irina Rindzuner displayed her extraordinary vocal prowess and interpretive skills in her performance of “Vissi d’arte” (I live for art) from Tosca. Bringing the character of Floria Tosca to life, Rindzuner powerfully expressed Tosca’s lament that despite living a life dedicated to art and love, she now faces incredible cruelty and heartache. With commanding stage presence and dramatic intensity, Rindzuner beautifully characterized this poignant moment of Tosca’s intense vulnerability and emotional depth.

Dramatic Narrative

Baritone Todd Thomas took the stage as Rance in the poker scene from La fanciulla del West. His robust, resonant voice conveyed the character’s rugged resolve, bringing the dramatic narrative of the scene to life with humanity and power. Thomas’s nuanced performance highlighted Rance’s complexity, balancing authority with allusions of vulnerability.

Baritone Todd Thomas performs Nulla, Silenzio from Il tabarro at A Spectacular Puccini Tribute: New York City Opera's Outdoor Concert at Bryant Park. Photo by Edward Kliszus

Baritone Todd Thomas performs Nulla, Silenzio from Il tabarro at A Spectacular Puccini Tribute: New York City Opera’s Outdoor Concert at Bryant Park. Photo by Edward Kliszus

Tender Interaction

Tenor WooYoung Yoon’s portrayal of the Micawber Rodolfo in “O soave fanciulla” from La Bohème was another highlight. His tender interaction with Mimi, beautifully sung by fellow artist Irina Rindzuner, captured the essence of young love and the tragic melancholy of the story. Yoon’s rich and expressive voice blended perfectly with his partner’s crystalline purity, creating moments of effulgent operatic magic.



A Triumphant Denouement

The concert reached its zenith with tenor Victor Starsky’s rendition of “Nessun dorma” from Turandot. Starsky’s powerful, resonant voice brought the iconic aria to a triumphant close, eliciting a wave of applause and extended audience acclaim. His performance was a fitting finale to an evening celebrating Puccini’s music’s ineffable grandeur and emotional depth.

Tenor Victor Starsky performing Nessun Dorma from Turandot in A Spectacular Puccini Tribute: New York City Opera's Outdoor Concert at Bryant Park. Photo by Edward Kliszus

Tenor Victor Starsky performing Nessun Dorma from Turandot in A Spectacular Puccini Tribute: New York City Opera’s Outdoor Concert at Bryant Park. Photo by Edward Kliszus

Passionate

Throughout the concert, the New York City Opera Orchestra and chorus, under the masterful baton of grand seigneur Joseph Rescigno, provided flawless support and accompaniment to produce eloquence, finish, and virtuosity. Rescigno’s precise, nuanced conducting portrayed the rich textures and intricate details of Puccini’s orchestrations, ensuring each scene’s particular, passionate rendering.

As expected in a park setting, the staging was tastefully minimalistic, allowing for the focus to remain on musical truths and the performers in their splendid regalia.

Giacomo Puccini, 1908, Library of Congress. Public Domain

Giacomo Puccini, 1908, Library of Congress. Public Domain

Unforgettable Musical Moments

The New York City Opera’s concert at Bryant Park was a sensually dazzling and triumphant tribute to Giacomo Puccini. The combination of picturesque musical settings, exceptional vocal talents, and masterful orchestral and choral support provided succès d’estime and unforgettable musical moments. Puccini’s operas, whose sheer melodic raptures were brought to life by these extraordinary artists, resonated deeply with the audience, reaffirming the timeless approbations of his genius and celebrating the composer’s vigor, breath and invention in what Jean Paul Friedrich Richter described as “the beautiful infinite.”



A Spectacular Puccini Tribute: New York City Opera’s Outdoor Concert at Bryant Park

Featuring
Michael Capasso, Emcee
Joseph Rescigno, Conductor
Tatev Baroyan, Soprano
Ashley Galvani Bell, Soprano
Irina Rindzuner, Soprano
Victor Starsky, Tenor
Todd Thomas, Baritone
Wooyoung Yoon, Tenor

New York City Opera

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New York, NY 10019
(646) 981-1888

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