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The little OPERA theatre of ny (LOTNY) is a chamber opera company that was founded in September of 2004. The most recent production, Chevalier de Saint-George’s L’Amant Anonyme, was heralded as an exercise in restrained beauty;” and the 2014 production of Carlisle Floyd’s Slow Dusk & Markheim was warmly received, described as ambitious and rewarding” by Opera News. Past seasons have included Rossini’s Opportunity Makes the Thief, a production that Opera News called a lively and enlightening contribution… to New York City’s operatic life”; Gluck’s 1760 comic opera, The Reformed Drunkard; and a double bill entitled Travelers, which included two rarities by Gustav Holst (The Wandering Scholar and vitri). A Critic’s Pick” in The New Yorker and The New York Times—Travelers garnered critical praise with Zachary Woolfe noting the operas were a delicate balance of grandeur and intimacy.” In 2011, LOTNY presented the New York stage premiere of Mozart’s youthful opera, Mitridate, re di Ponto to sold-out houses, and received widespread press coverage. Earlier seasons have included the U.S. premiere of César Cui’s A Feast in the Time of the Plague with Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Mozart and Salieri in a double-billed program entitled 2 Little Tragedies of Pushkin; Mozart’s La finta giardiniera: and a performance of Virgil Thomson and Gertrude Stein’s opera, The Mother of Us All at The Box in a collaboration with the artist Sherrie Levine. Work with living composers include the recent production of Inessa Zaretsky’s Man in a Black Coat as part of Target Margin’s Last Futurist Lab at The Bushwick Starr. Concert presentations have included, The Bohemians, music of Giacomo Puccini, presented at Socrates Sculpture Park as part of the city wide September Concert for 9/11.