An Interview With the Man Now in Charge of Reviving New York City Opera

December 9, 2014 6:32 PM

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On Friday, an article in the New York Times announced that the Board of the currently defunct New York City Opera had decided to sell its remaining assets to one of the various investor groups that had been vying for the right to revive the company. Working under the radar for the past year, asset manager and former board member Roy Niederhoffer, after pledging $1 million of his own money and raising a total of over $2.5 million to date, has now won the right (pending court approval) to revive and reinvent the company we all thought had left us forever.

I first met Roy when we both played on the New York City Opera league softball team, the Baroque-n-Bats (yes, we had one, and yes, I was terrible -- he was pretty good). Because opera board members don't generally don funky blue uniforms and slide into third base with the staff and artists, I could ...

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