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Nickel City Opera Keeps Busy with 2018-2019 Events, A Grand Opera & Welcomes Arts Devotee & Performer Suzanne Fatta as Managing Director

Entering into Season 11 Nickel City Opera forges on with a range of  events and moves to a new venue with Verdi’s grand opera ‘La Traviata’ May 2019. NCO is also honored to welcome Buffalo arts devotee, Suzanne Fatta as Managing Director.

The Season kicks off with the NCO Musical & Opera Showcase Thursday, December 6th presenting Broadway tunes and a bit of opera at The Saturn Club, 977 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo. Fast forward to next spring for the 11th Annual NCO Gala Dinner returning once again to The Saturn Club May 13th, 2019. For the grand presentation: Giuseppe Verdi’s ‘La Traviata’ will be presented May 24th & May 26th at The Villa Maria College Theatre followed up by Echoes of Opera Five, June 7th in the 120 foot reverberating silo at Silo City in downtown Buffalo.

It’s been a tough few years for NCO but General Director Valerian Ruminski is optimistic about the future. “NCO is soldiering on in an environment that can be, at times, difficult for small non-profit arts organizations. We will be producing our first large mainstage production since 2016 and excited about presenting opera for another decade in WNY. We’re also thrilled to bring Suzanne Fatta on Board who has been a supporter of NCO from the beginning and a member of the NCO Board of Directors from 2015-2017. She will work on NCO Sponsorship & Marketing Initiatives, will be  an NCO representative at the many arts based functions in and around WNY and looks forward to expanding the NCO Outreach Programs in the community.”

Suzanne is looking forward to her new post, “It  has been such a pleasure to witness the growth of Nickel City Opera in our beautiful Rust Belt city of Buffalo. As the city has gone through a major resurgence and renaissance, so has NCO grown in strength, artistic direction and community involvement. I’m so pleased to be a Managing Director, not only to contribute to the continued long term financial health of the organization, but in building bridges across Buffalo’s and America’s artistic communities!”

Suzanne Fatta

Harvard-educated Contralto Suzanne Fatta sits on Committees for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Board of Vivaldi’s Women, Strategic Planning Committee at Vocalis Chamber Choir, former Co-Chair of the Metropolitan Opera National Council District Auditions for the Buffalo/Toronto Region and Representative of the UK Royal Musical Association.

Ms. Fatta holds a dual Bachelors with Honors in Musicology & Vocal Performance and Religion from Oberlin College & Conservatory of Music and trained at the doctoral level in Historical Performance Practice at Eastman School of Music and University of York (UK). Suzanne has her Masters in Medieval Studies from Harvard University, winning a university-wide Teaching Award of Distinction for a Music Department course on Jazz and held Research, Editorial and Personal Assistantships for the Chair of the Harvard Music Department. In addition, Suzanne has taught in the Music and Religion Departments at Canisius College and provides self-empowering workshops at Nardin Academy.

Suzanne sings with The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Nickel City Opera, Buffalo Chamber Players, Music Niagara, Vocális Chamber Choir, Sotto Voce Vocal Collective, Camerata di Sant’Antonio, Bach & Beyond Festival, Opera Sacra, OperaBuffs of WNY, DIVA by DIVA and several early music groups in Europe. Delving into the world of jazz and pop, she recently released her demo CD Brucia La Terra and nominated as Best Jazz Female Vocalist in JazzBuffalo 2016 and 2017.

An international curve model with 5 magazine covers, 40+ publications and agency representation in 4 countries, Suzanne is know for her vivacious presence on the runway. In addition to her business MODAL Productions, Suzanne is a Model Mentor & Manager and Diversity Advocate on both sides of the Atlantic. She sings and models around Europe and North America but happy at home in Buffalo NY.

Join NCO in Season 11 with more news to come on Community Outreach Programs and additional events to be announced. NCO is a 501c3 not for profit arts organization dedicated to promoting opera and the arts in WNY.

Thursday, December 6th, 2018

NCO Musical & Opera Showcase at The Saturn Club

Enjoy a sparkling evening of Broadway tunes, famous chorus numbers and a little popular opera stuff thrown in as well. Staged with style and panache we will be presenting a colorful cast at the historical Saturn Club for a select audience of 180 people. Music will include numbers from Les Miserables, Carousel, South Pacific, Wicked, My Fair Lady, Turandot, Company, A Little Night Music and much more. Get your tickets today! Finger foods included with a cash bar.

Singers include: Valerian Ruminski, Jena Abati, Stephen MacDonald, Suzanne Fatta, John Clayton, Jacqueline Ornsby and Dr. Holly Bewlay. Accompanied by Nancy Townsend on piano.

Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 7:00pm

The Saturn Club

977 Delaware Avenue

Buffalo, NY 14209

General Admission Tickets: $25.00

Cash bar/snacks

Ticket Link:–buffalo/nco/?page=1

Monday, May 13th, 2019

11th Annual Nickel City Opera Gala Dinner

Spend an evening with NCO! Eat delicious food, listen to talented opera singers, enter to win raffles, browse the silent auction, bingo bags, door prizes and meet interesting people at the 11th Annual NCO Gala Dinner.

Monday, May 13th, 2019 at 6pm

11th Annual Nickel City Opera Gala Dinner

The Saturn Club

977 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo

6:00pm Cocktails & Auction

7:00pm-9:00pm Dinner & Singing

Three-Course Dinner & Hors d’oeuvres/Cash Bar

Tickets: $65.00

Ticket Link:–buffalo/nco/?page=1

Friday, May 24th & Sunday, May 26th, 2019

Verdi’s ‘LaTraviata’

The beloved classic opera by Verdi about a woman who is misunderstood and misguided. Violetta falls in love with Alfredo and loses everything. Memorable and popular tunes abound including the drinking chorus ‘Libiamo!’. Don’t miss a full opera with costumes, sets, chorus and a full orchestra at the Villa Maria College Theatre!

Friday, May 24, 2019 at 7:00pm

Sunday, May 26, 2019 at 2:30pm

Verdi’s LaTraviata

Villa Maria College Theatre

240 Pine Ridge Road, Buffalo

General Admission Tickets: $42

Ticket Link:

Friday, June 7th, 2019

Echoes of Opera Five

Hear the human voice reverberating in a vibrating medium…the 120 foot high grain silo. Get a seat inside the silo for an acoustic bonanza. Only 100 people can fit inside at one time, a second show may be added for overflow. If the first show is booked, attend the 2nd one hour later. Valerian Ruminski, Metropolitan Opera singer, accompanied on the piano in the silo for opera and show tunes.

Friday, June 7, 2019 at 6:00pm & 7:00pm

Silo City

105 Silo City Row, Buffalo

General Admission Tickets: $12.00

Ticket Link:

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