About Us

Light Opera of New York, affectionately known as LOONY, was founded in 2006 as a professional, not-for-profit company devoted to the performance of staged operettas and operetta concerts.

This past season, we presented Victor Herbert's Sweethearts and several popular concerts. In prior seasons, we presented several fully staged productions, including Friml & Stothart’s Rose Marie, Victor Herbert’s Eileen, Naughty Marietta, Mlle Modiste and The Red Mill, Noel Coward’s Bitter Sweet, as well as other classic American Operettas like The Desert Song, The Vagabond King and The Student Prince.  In addition, the company has performed other lesser-known works, including Victor Herbert’s The Magic Knight, our own English-language translation of Offenbach’s Monsieur Choufleuri, Sir William Gilbert’s Eyes and No Eyes, a gender-reversed version of a G&S standard, Mis(s) Trial By Jury, and an Iolanthe send-up entitled Peer Pressure.  In addition, we have performed many concerts and a fully-staged Die Fledermaus for a private engagement.

LOONY is now entering its eighth season of presenting classic operetta from a 21st-century perspective.

“…director Gary Slavin... performed a more authentic version than even the New York City Opera and Paper Mill Playhouse.”

     Reviewer Harry Forbes on our production of THE DESERT SONG

Our performances have won the hearts of audiences and critics alike, and our young, stouthearted company is attracting first rate talent to its roster, as well as important financial support from reputable organizations like the Victor Herbert Foundation, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and several indivudual supporters. 

LOONY is also available to perform for private events with a range of programs, from a quartet of singers to a full-length, themed concert or fully staged operetta.  If you are interested in engaging LOONY for an event, please email us at:  info@lightoperaofnewyork.org.