"On Site Opera has a special niche in the New York opera scene as the pioneer of doing works in specific settings."
- WQXR's Operavore

On Site Opera produces site-specific operas in non-traditional venues throughout New York City (and beyond!). By staging each opera in an environment specific to the piece, OSO surrounds the audience and artists in the music and drama of the story, amplifying the connection between the world of the opera and the reality of the audience. To date, OSO has produced operas in more than a dozen unique venues, including Shostakovich’s The Tale of The Silly Baby Mouse using large-scale puppets in performances for families at the Bronx Zoo; Gershwin’s Blue Monday in the historic Cotton Club of Harlem; and Rameau’s Pygmalion in Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum which explored new technology in opera through the use of Google Glass supertitles. Learn more about past productions.

On Site Opera is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and is a proud member of Opera America and the New York Opera Alliance.






  • produce site-specific productions in venues throughout New York City
  • enrich the cultural life of New York by bringing opera to new audiences
  • foster emerging talent through performance and production opportunities
  • collaborate with local organizations and schools to build community relationships and reach new audiences
  • explore new technology and production methods in order to reduce the company’s environmental impact

OSO Staff

OSO Board Members

Artistic Advisory Council

Justin Werner, chair, Stratagem Artists
Cameron Anderson, set designer
Mark Campbell, librettist
Blythe Gaissert, mezzo-soprano
Shawn K. Kaufman, lighting designer/Enlumen
Laine Rettmer, stage director
Maya Tweten, Marketing Manager, Live in HD, The Metropolitan Opera; MayaRose Creative, Creative Director
Jorell Williams, baritone

Board Emeritus

Stacey Anderson
Miriam Sondag
Merrill Rose, In Memoriam

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