Established in 1996, the ROC is the only non-profit Staten Island
based professional opera company that has consistently served the
greater SI community by performing high quality productions with a
full orchestra. Its mission is to educate and to entertain via live
opera productions so that it makes such music accessible to all,
with low or at no cost tickets. In addition to all the major
concert halls on Staten Island, the ROC has performed at the
Metropolitan Museum of Art and in Washington Square Park for the
bicentennial birthday celebration of Giuseppe Garibaldi. Its
Artistic Director/Conductor, Maestro Aurelia is also Music Director
for The Richmond County Orchestra, The New American Youth Ballet
and Guest Conductor for Festival Sinfonico di Massa in Italy.
RCO's programming under Maestro Alan Aurelia attracts soloists of
International fame and the best local New York musicians, many of
whom have played with the finest European orchestras. Combined with
younger American talent from the major New York City music schools,
it provides a student mentoring service.
In addition to presenting free and low cost productions of
classical and modern symphonic works, the Orchestra also produces
programs in cooperation with New York-based dance companies and
other artists. The RCO frequently includes many local public school
children in their concerts and provides extensive music outreach
residencies in local schools and community centers throughout the
year. This 97-member organization has also been featured on Time
Warner cable, nationwide and local TV, and WSIA 88.9 F.M.
For more information or to purchase performance tickets, please
or call (212) 729-4792.