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Lincoln Center Festival 2012

Since its inaugural season in 1996, Lincoln Center Festival has received worldwide attention for presenting some of the broadest and most original performing arts programs in Lincoln Center’s history. 

This year's Lincoln Center Festival opens July 5-August 5 2012 including the New York premieres of two operas: Kaija Saariaho and Amin Maalouf’s monodrama Émilie on July 19, 21 and 22 performed by soprano Elizabeth Futral and directed by Marianne Weems. It was inspired by the life of French mathematician Émilie du Châtelet.


Guo Wenjing’s chamber opera, Feng Yi Ting debuts on July 26, 27 and 28, and was based on an ancient story of a legendary beauty who was the central figure in a dangerous rivalry, directed by Atom Egoyan.

Other top flight companies will perform as well including:

  • July 20, 21 and 22
    The Paris Opera Ballet will perform the U.S. premiere of Pina Bausch’s dance/opera Orpheus and Eurydice to music by C.W. Gluck.

  • July 20
    the Festival features a 70th birthday tribute to the late soul music icon Curtis Mayfield with a star line-up including 1990's music controversy lightning rod Sinéad O'Connor, rapper and soul singer Aloe Blacc and doo-wop group The Impressions.

  • July 11
    John Adams (minimalist compser of Nixon in China and Doctor Atomic) leads the Juilliard Orchestra and London’s Royal Academy of Music in concert in Avery Fisher HallImogen Cooper is the piano soloist.

In 17 seasons, the Festival will have presented nearly 1,260 performances of opera, music, dance, theater, and interdisciplinary forms by internationally acclaimed artists from more than 50 countries. To date, the Festival has commissioned more than 40 new works and offered some 130 world, U.S., and New York premieres. It places particular emphasis on showcasing contemporary artistic viewpoints and multidisciplinary works that push the boundaries of traditional performance.

Lincoln Center Festival is a presentation of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA), which serves three primary roles: presenter of superb artistic programming, national leader in arts and education and community relations, and manager of the Lincoln Center campus. As a presenter of some 5,000 programs annually, LCPA complements the extraordinary offerings of the 10 other Lincoln Center resident organizations, bringing internationally acclaimed artists to hundreds of thousands of people each year through a variety of popular series. 

These programs include:

  • American Songbook
  • Great Performers
  • Lincoln Center Festival
  • Lincoln Center Out of Doors
  • Midsummer Night Swing
  • the Mostly Mozart Festival
  • White Light Festival
  • Live From Lincoln Center

In addition, LCPA is leading a series of major capital projects, now nearly complete, on behalf of the resident organizations across the campus. Lincoln Center is committed to providing and improving accessibility for people with disabilities. 

Lincoln Center Festival 2012
July 5-August 5 2012

Alice Tully Hall
65th Street and Broadway

Avery Fisher Hall
64th Street and Broadway

Clark Studio Theater
165 W. 65th Street, 7th floor (the Rose Bldg.)

David H. Koch Theater
Broadway at 63rd Street

Gerald W. Lynch Theater
John Jay College
524 West 59th Street between 10th and 11th Avenue

New York City Center for Music and Drama
131 W. 55th Street

Rose Theater
Frederick P. Rose Hall (Time Warner Center)
60th Street and Broadway 


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