On Site Opera presents the ultimate in intimate productions by performing works in spaces that fit the setting of the story. This delightful staging of Portugal’s “Figaro” takes place at 632 on Hudson, a beautifully renovated townhouse in the West Village.
The entire company sings from above, behind, and in front, the audience is immersed in the cross currents of the music; we can feel the physical vibrations. When it comes to the concept of surround sound, this is the real deal.
It (On Site Opera) succeeds brilliantly in making opera-going an intimate experience, where the singers are a few feet away from the audience and drawing us into the story in a way that a night at the Met or any other grand opera house can hardly ever do.
A recent production at On Site Opera in New York achieved the seemingly impossible. The performance I attended was so fresh, original and immediate that, within minutes, it banished any thought of Rossini from my mind. Overall I enjoyed this evening as much as any live opera I’ve attended in the last decade.
As On Site Opera's captivating performance demonstrated, Paisiello's opera holds up very well, thank you, and so does the musical style of his day. One can spot moments that are at least as good as-or even better than-comparable places in Rossini's opera.
Smaller companies like On Site Opera are experimenting with performance in non-traditional spaces, generally at something closer to the scale at which these many works were historically meant to be heard. Perhaps they have found a viable route back to the future.
On Site Opera’s latest operatic adventure is a hit! …Director and On Site Opera Founder, Eric Einhorn continues to display a genius for transforming sites into living, breathing immersive theatrical environments.