Tony Award winner Judy Kaye, who received another Tony nomination
last season for her performance in Souvenir, will be part of A
Night at the Opera, which celebrates the opening of New York City
Opera's 63rd season.
Kaye, who made her City Opera debut as Babe Williams in a 1989
production of The Pajama Game, will sing Stephen Sondheim's
"Send in the Clowns" at the Sept. 19 gala benefit concert,
according to a City Opera spokesperson. Kaye's NYCO credits
also include productions of Brigadoon and Candide.
The 7:30 PM concert will be hosted by soprano Carol Vaness and
will feature direction by Mark Lamos. The New York City Opera
Orchestra will be conducted by George Manahan.
In addition to Kaye, the evening will also feature the vocal
talents of Vinson Cole, Stephen Powell, Carol Vaness, Samuel
Ramey, Pamela Armstrong, Elizabeth Futral, Vivica Genaux,
Daniel Mobbs, Erin Morley, Brian Mulligan, James Valenti,
and David Walker.
The evening — which honors CNN's Paula Zahn, who is a classically
trained cellist — will also include a message from Beverly
Sills and Placido Domingo and a special video montage highlighting
the history of NYCO.
Judy Kaye played the role of Rosie in the Broadway company of
Mamma Mia!, a part for which she received a 2002 Tony Award
nomination. Kaye won the Tony for her performance as Carlotta
in the New York production of The Phantom of the Opera and also
received a Theatre World Award for her work in On the Twentieth
Century. Kaye also starred on Broadway in Ragtime, and her two
solo recordings are titled "Diva by Diva" and "Songs from the
A Night at the Opera will be held at the New York State Theater
at Lincoln Center, West 63rd Street and Columbus Avenue.