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A Message From NCO:

In an effort to “flatten the curve” and following instructions from Governor Andrew Cuomo restricting gatherings, along with the recommendations and restrictions of the CDC, WHO, the City of Buffalo and local health authorities, we are canceling our April 25th concert at Trinity Episcopal Church. The status of our Monday, June 22nd 12th Annual Dinner Gala and Jessie Down’s production of 'The Second Sight' June 27th & June 28th will be determined at a later date. 


Protecting the health and well-being of our audience members, artists, musicians, staff and valued collaborators is of paramount importance to Nickel City Opera to keep our community as safe as possible during this ongoing crisis. We are working to reschedule our events to a later date when possible and will keep you informed with details as they become available. 


If you purchased tickets to our events, we will get in touch with you as soon as we have clear information on how to accommodate refunds, donations and transfers. Everyone who purchased a ticket will be individually contacted over the next few weeks


When this pandemic is behind us, we will have a greater need than ever for the experience of live music and look forward to seeing everyone soon!.  


Be safe and healthy. 


Eileen Breen

Executive Director

Nickel City Opera

12th Annual Dinner Gala 

Monday, June 22nd, 6pm

The Saturn Club

977 Delaware Avenue


In cooperation with Jessie Downs, Nickel City Opera presents:

The Second Sight

a original opera by Jessie Downs

Saturday, June 27th, 7pm & Sunday, June 28th, 2pm

Unitarian Universalist Church

695 Elmwood Avenue

For more info on The Second Sight click here


A Special Holiday Presentation

Amahl and the Night Visitors

December 26th, 27th & 28th

The Varsity Theatre

3165 Bailey Avenue

& additional venues TBA


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Nickel City Opera Founder and Artistic Director Valerian Ruminski brings his passion for opera to Western New York audiences through NCO.

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Welcome to Nickel City Opera

Buffalo’s premiere opera company was founded in 2004 and produced ‘The Barber of Seville’, its’ first opera in June of 2009 at the Riviera Theatre to great accolades in the Buffalo News. The following year ‘Rigoletto’ was presented and the Buffalo News trumpeted, ”Magnificent Rigoletto proves Nickel City Opera is For Real’.


Since its inception, NCO has produced full scale opera productions including Rigoletto, Il Trovatore, La Boheme, Don Pasquale, Il Tabarro, Amahl and the Night Visitors, Tosca, The Marriage of Figaro and the World Premiere of SHOT! by Persis Vehar about the assassination of President McKinley produced at Shea’s Buffalo Theatre.

Celebrating its 10th year anniversary, NCO has garnered artistic praise and is grateful for the generous community support of Western New York.

Proudly Supported by the 

The John R. Oishei Foundation

The Margaret L. Wendt Foundation