“It drives a point home that we are at the right place and time mentally in bringing opera to the borough of Queens, and that there is a real thirst for opera,” said executive director Brian Gill, who formed the opera company with Andy Anderson.
“We are a young company and our future is bright because of tonight,” Anderson added.
Thirteen pieces were performed by Kristee Haney, Elizabeth Beers Kataria, Megan King, Ron Lloyd and Benjamin Robinson with Gloria King on piano.
“Being in the Queens Opera Theatre is a great opportunity,” King said. “I love giving back to the community anyway possible, and having the audience being engaged in the performance is important to me.”
Flushing resident George Zacune said the opera company is a good opportunity for Queens residents to experience performances that would normally only be in Manhattan.
“We hope the opera company is a success in the future, and I will definitely come back for another show,” he said.
Larry Seigal expressed his enthusiasm for having an opera company in Queens.
“The opera was absolutely wonderful and had such talented singers,” Seigal said. “I’m very happy that such a talented group like this has come to Queens.”
On December 17 and 18, the Queens Opera Theatre Company will be putting on another performance, “Gift of the Magi” by Peter Ekstrom. There is also a 2018 spring production in the works.
Visit queensoperatheatre.org for more information.