Eileen Breen/NCO 



Nickel City Opera presents ‘The Moon and the Stars’ at The Saturn Club

With NCO All-Star Singers Thursday, December 12th, 7pm


Buffalo, NY-Join NCO for an evening of planetary alignments with the NCO All-Star singers, Nancy Townsend accompanying and Valerian Ruminski as your host for this special evening  to see the stars by under the Full Moon. NCO brings back singers from 10 years of productions to lift you up, contemplate and meditate. Enjoy a generous table of sustenance and a cash bar of liquid spirits. 

Thursday, December 12th,7pm at The Saturn Club, 977 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo.  $23. For Tickets:



Adam Klein & Tami Schwartz (TOSCA 2014)

Greg Sheppard (AMAHL, 6 Seasons)

Ubaldo Feliciano-Hernandez (THE MUSIC SHOP 2017) 


Stephen MacDonald (TOSCA 2014/SHOT! 2016) 


With special guests:

Lara Secord-Haid (MANITOBA OPERA) 

Michele Bogdanowicz (COC/TORONTO) 

And your host, Valerian Ruminski, back from six months in Europe.

Accompanied by Nancy Townsend on piano.


With NCO’s Managing Director, Suzanne Fatta and Jaqueline Ornsby, Opera Buff’s Co-President, Lecture & Education Chair, singing starry Broadway & Jazz tunes in the Green Room prior to the main event.


Suzanne is looking forward to this special night, “I kind of grew up at The Saturn Club… it feels like my second home. The Club turns into a magical fairyland at the holidays and we’re so excited to share this night of celestial sparkle with this cosmic opera concert. The Saturn Club has become NCO’s second home — they understand the value of the arts, especially the classical arts like opera and ballet. We look forward to celebrating  this magical evening of holiday luminosity with all our patrons, friends and family!”


Nickel City Opera will also be announcing upcoming events and productions for the 2020 Season.


The Saturn Club

977 Delaware Avenue

Buffalo, NY 14209

7:00pm Cash Bar/Snacks

$23. For Tickets:

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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


Buffalo, NY-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

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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:


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

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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

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Contact: Eileen Breen/NCO PR


Nickel City Opera June Events

The Saturn Club Gala, Broadway @ The Lafayette Hotel and

Echoes of Opera IV at Silo City


Buffalo, NY-Nickel City Opera announces the “Good Ol’ Fashioned Opera Jamboree” at three Buffalo Landmarks. Starting Monday, June 25th with NCO’s Annual Gala Dinner & Auction at The Saturn Club then on to Broadway Showtunes at The Hotel Lafayette Thursday, June 28th and Silo City for the 4th installment of Echoes of Opera on Friday, June 29th.


As NCO enters Season 11, General Director, Valerian Ruminski is planning the next large scale production and has been in negotiations with venues, performers and producers. “Our November 2017 production of ‘The Music Shop’ by Richard Wargo was seen by 1500 children over seven performances with the final show at The Flickinger Center. As we enter our 11th Season we are now re-organizing, building our Board of Directors and are looking to our loyal patrons and all those new to the WNY area in deciding where and what to stage next. NCO is committed to provide even more programming with an eye for innovation and creativity. With that in mind we have crafted the Good Ol’ Fashioned Opera Jamboree in Downtown Buffalo at some of my favorite Buffalo venues for our loyal patrons and those new to what opera is all about.“...Valerian


Nickel City Opera is a 501c3 not for profit organization serving Buffalo, Western New York and surrounding areas.  All event proceeds to promote opera in Western New York and NCO’s upcoming full opera production at Shea's Performing Arts Center in March 2019.


Join NCO for the “Good Ol’ Fashioned Opera Jamboree”

at the following venues:



Monday, June 25th

NCO’s 10th Annual Gala Dinner & Auction

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/$60 per person

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 10th Annual NCO Gala Dinner.


Thursday, June 28th

Broadway at The Lafayette

Hotel @ The Lafayette

391 Washington Street

Buffalo, NY


Cash bar/snacks/$20.00 per person

Join Valerian and other stylish singers for after hours show tunes and drinks at the lovely art deco Lafayette Hotel! This show was cancelled last June so we rescheduled it and here we go!



Friday, June 29th

Echoes of Opera IV

Silo City

105 Silo City Row

Buffalo, NY


Refreshments/Snacks/$10 per person

Join NCO for the 4th annual acoustic experience of ECHOES OF OPERA IV in the 90 foot high silo at Silo City. Hear Metropolitan Opera bass Valerian Ruminski accompanied on piano sing favorites and classics in an acoustic reverberation experience you will never forget. Come to the waterfront, have a drink and soak in the sights at SILO CITY with Nickel City Opera.


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Contact: Eileen Breen/NCO PR


Jim Harwood/Harwood Management Group Inc.


Nickel City Opera Names Maestro Matthias Manasi From Berlin As New Music Director For 10th Season


Buffalo, NY-Nickel City Opera and Harwood Management is pleased to announce Berlin born Matthias Manasi has been named Music Director of Nickel City Opera. Now in its 10th Season, NCO initially engaged Maestro Manasi to lead the June 2017 performances of Mozart’s ‘Impresario’. Manasi so impressed NCO and Buffalo audiences he was offered the Music Directorship, pursuant to five years of leadership under the highly regarded conductor Michael Ching.


Matthias Manasi’s International conducting career boasts 37 operas and operettas (almost 400 performances) in an enormous range of standard operatic repertoire and rare gems ranging from Vivaldi's Juditha Triumphans to Krzysztof Penderecki's Paradise Lost (Raj utracony).


From 2013 to 2016 Maestro Manasi was engaged at State Opera Breslau (Opera Wroclawska) Poland as Principal Conductor. More recently he worked as conductor at the Staatsoper Poznan (Teatr Wielki), Poland, and appeared as a guest conductor at Opera Bremen (2016), at Opera Leipzig (2016) and at Opera Halle (2017).


Highlights of the last season included concerts with Kazakh State Symphony Orchestra, Liepaja Symphony Orchestra and with Berliner Camerata in the Berliner Philharmonie and in Tonhalle Zurich.  


Mr. Manasi has a depth of experience in the entertainment genre and in crossover projects, as well as a keen interest in modern and innovative concert projects. A virtuoso pianist, his credits include European recital tours accompanying the renowned Polish-American bass Valerian Ruminski. Manasi speaks German, Italian, French, Spanish, Polish, Russian and English, making him an ideal opera and vocal concert collaborator.

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