One Last Serving of Birthday Cake!
Hello everyone, we are so excited to be able to present Amahl and the Night Visitors once again after a three year hiatus. The opera’s messages of generosity, selflessness, community, and joy are the perfect way to end our 10th anniversary season.
And what an anniversary season it has been! We began 2022 with Rachel J. Peters’ Lesson Plan – a live digital world premiere that was rehearsed and performed completely remotely, allowing all of us to remain safe and healthy. Last summer, we brought the work to the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts in Katonah, NY for an in-person version with the original digital cast (Stephanie Blythe and Laquita Mitchell). In April 2022, we began our three year cycle of Puccini’s Il trittico one acts with Gianni Schicchi at the Prince George Ballroom. In the spring and fall, we joined forces with the Five Boroughs Music Festival to commission the latest installment of the Five Boroughs Songbook, which premiered in a series of five concerts in each NYC borough.
And what is a big birthday without a party or two? Over the last year, we have been thrilled to join you, our community, at both our summer Birthday Bash and October’s Gala at the Museum of the City of New York. Both events gave us opportunities to celebrate the work of the last decade, honor our Founding President Emerita Jane A. Gross, and build the foundation for a solid financial future. None of that would have been possible without all of your support! Whether through a donation, a ticket purchase, volunteering, or a “Like” on social media, everything you do and every way you show support is deeply impactful and appreciated.
Big birthdays often provide a chance to take stock of one’s accomplishments and lessons learned, as well to reflect on all for which one has to be grateful. As On Site Opera finishes celebrating its tenth anniversary year, we as a company are looking back on a decade of innovative site-specific opera (including 3 world premieres) that reached audiences in 47 States and 11 countries, and employed 319 artists. We are reflecting on our curious penchant for programming outdoors despite having contended with extreme weather and temperamental zoo animals. We do this all through a lens of deep gratitude for the opportunity to create our productions and bring them into our community. More than that, though, we are grateful for the chance to collaborate with you – our patrons, audience, trustees, and community partners – over the last ten years.
What began as a grassroots company in 2012, has grown into a thriving nationally-recognized opera company that continues to lead the national conversation on site-specific performance. None of this would have been possible without all of you. All of the ways you have supported On Site have been vital to the growth and success of the company. For all of that, and for all of you, we are so very grateful.
As we approach the end of 2022 and our 10th anniversary season, we look to 2023 and beyond. Building on the growth and lessons of the last decade, we will lay the groundwork for future innovation, collaboration, and excellence. We look forward to partnering with all of you as we continue this thrilling journey. Thank you again for being a part of the On Site Opera family! Enjoy tonight’s performance…and make sure to join us afterwards for apple cider and cookies!
General & Artistic Director