Summer Reading

By Mark Schubin From Shostakovich’s The Tale of the Silly Baby Mouse in 2012 to Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi in 2022, On Site Opera’s productions have generally been on the lighter side. That will change with Puccini’s Il tabarro [The Cloak]. How can you prepare for the passionate drama? You might
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Happy 10th Anniversary, On Site Opera!

By Mark Schubin A short walk from where On Site Opera produced Benjamin Britten’s opera The Turn of the Screw, at the Wave Hill estate in the Bronx, is a giant sequoia tree (left, photo by Benjamin Swett). It’s a mere baby, having been planted in 1975 (one in California
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A Divine Comedy

By Mark Schubin The Prince George Ballroom (right) is a highly appropriate location for On Site Opera’s production of Giacomo Puccini’s comic opera Gianni Schicchi. The opera takes place largely in a room of a Florentine palace; the Prince George Ballroom is decorated in an opulent Neo-Renaissance style. The opera’s
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Miss Attribution of 1751

By Mark Schubin On Site Opera’s production of Lesson Plan was made possible thanks to your support. After all, “Of all the noises known to man, opera is the most expensive.” That quotation is most-often attributed to the 17th-century French playwright Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, better known as Molière (right, in a
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Pigs, Puppets, and Performances

By Mark Schubin On Site Opera’s puppet-based performance of The Perfect Pig on Little Island is not the first puppet-based opera in New York City. It’s also not the city’s first pig-based opera. It’s not even the first opera performance on a little artificial island in the Hudson River just
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The Showboat: Made in NY

By Mark Schubin On Site Opera’s musical performances aboard the Wavertree, a waterborne vessel, might suggest a showboat, and Show Boat (the novel, the movies, and the musical—the last performed by many opera companies) might suggest smoke billowing from tall stacks, paddle wheels churning the water, and music from the
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The First Black Opera Recordings

By Mark Schubin       The Harlem walking tour of On Site Opera’s The Road We Came exploration of Black history in New York City ends at 226 West 138th Street, the former home of James Williams, chief of the Red Caps of Grand Central Terminal. That might not seem
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From “The Ear of Dionysius” To My Distant Love

Written by Mark Schubin June of 2021 marks the first anniversary of On Site Opera’s singing-by-telephone production, To My Distant Love. What does that have to do with the artist Caravaggio, the physicist Charles Wheatstone, the author Victor Hugo, the engineer Nikola Tesla, the King of Portugal, and the Princess
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Interview with Jessica Jahn

Find out more about Jessica Jahn, the costume designer for The Road We Came! Tell us about yourself! How did you get started with costume design? I actually started out as a dancer–I graduated from Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts with a degree in dance and also
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She Paved The Way

Written by Mark Schubin In ever-changing New York, it’s remarkable that the five stops on On Site Opera’s The Road We Came Lower Manhattan Tour remain largely as they were. Two other locations in the area, not stops on the tour but near the route, played a significant role in
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The Emperors of 55th Street

Written by Mark Schubin If you’ve taken On Site Opera’s The Road We Came midtown tour, you’ve probably learned a lot about the two major opera companies that were once adjacent on the Lincoln Center Plaza. And you probably didn’t need the tour to learn that the Metropolitan Opera scheduled
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Creating Operatic Print Design Magic in a Box

PRINT MAGAZINE by Ellen M. Shapiro February 3, 2021 When theaters are dark because of the pandemic, what do you do (if you’re smart)? You send subscribers and classical music buffs an opera in a box, of course. No, three operas—actually song cycles (a group of sequenced tunes): Leoš Janáček’s
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On Site Opera’s Double Bill of Monodramas at The Harmonie Club

Highlights from On Site Opera’s 2016 production of Argento’s “Miss Havisham’s Wedding Night” and Berlioz’s “La Mort de Cléopâtre” at The Harmonie Club.
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The Crypt Sessions: The Tell-Tale Heart

The Crypt Sessions presents a small taste of Gregg Kallor’s new piece based on Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘The Tell-Tale Heart,’ featuring Joshua Roman and Elizabeth Pojanowski, in collaboration with On Site Opera and directed by Sarah Meyers.
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