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New York City Opera Opening Night


Tazewell Thompson, Toni Morrison, Richard Danielpour, Billye Williams, Hank Aaron.

On September 11, New York City Opera opened its fall season with the New York premiere of Margaret Garner, a new opera with music by Grammy® award winning composer Richard Danielpour and libretto by Nobel Laureate Toni MorrisonTazewell Thompson directed this all-new production of what is hailed as “a great new American opera.”

The evening began with dinner on the Grand Promenade of the New York State Theater with Toni Morrison and Richard Danielpour, other members of the creative team, as well as luminaries from the contemporary opera world and African American community. Following the performance there was a champagne toast with the cast and creative team. 

All proceeds from the Opening Night support City Opera's mission to produce innovative productions of new and classic work, reach a wide audience with affordable ticket prices, and bring music into the lives of thousands of students each year through its acclaimed education programs in the New York City public schools.


Pamela Thomas-Graham, opening night chair; Susan Baker, chairman of City Opera; Lawrence Otis-Graham.


Mark Newhouse, president of City Opera and his wife Lorry.


Conductor George Manahan with Tracie Luck, who sang the title role of Margaret Garner.


Mary and Howard Kelberg, Michael Lynch.


Jane Gullong, executive director of City Opera and Tracie Luck.


Al Roker, Deborah Roberts, Pamela Thomas-Graham, Lawrence Otis-Graham.


Brent Sikkema, Kara Walker.


Dennis and Camille LaBarre, Susan Baker.


Mrs. Aaron, Hank Aaron, Richard Danielpour, Tazewell Thompson and Mrs. Danielpour.


Chris Madden, Toni Morrison, Earl and Barbara Graves.


LaChanze and Al Roker.


Tamara Tunie and Donna Walker-Kuhne.


Amy Fine-Collins.


Taran Lee Swan.

Photos: Images 1, 4-7: Tristan Cook. Images 2-3, 8-16: Patrick McMullan
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