December 2018

Amahl and the Night Visitors

Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen

Gian Carlo Menotti’s

Amahl and the Night Visitors

presented in the

Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen
296 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

On Site Opera proudly presents the holiday classic, Amahl and the Night Visitors, in a modern production that connects this timeless story of charity and miracles with the prevalent issue of homelessness in NYC. Presented in the Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen, and in partnership with Breaking Ground, New York City’s largest provider of permanent supportive housing for the homeless, performances will feature a chorus made up of community members who have experienced homelessness performing alongside renowned opera soloists and musicians.

With this collaboration, On Site Opera, Breaking Ground, and the Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen hope to shine a light on the issue of homeless in New York City, and share how the arts and social services can work together to benefit our community.


Thursday, December 6 at 7:30pm
Friday, December 7 at 7:30pm
Saturday, December 8 at 2:00pm
Saturday, December 8 at 6:00pm

Tickets will be FREE as part of On Site Opera’s “Opera Free-For-All” initiative.

We ask patrons to bring a small donation of non-perishable food items to be donated to the Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen.

Running time: Approximately 45 minutes
Language: English


Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen, 9th Avenue, New York, NY, USA


Featuring members of the American Modern Ensemble
Flute: Sato Moughalian  |  Oboe: Keve Wilson, Boris Baev  |  Clarinet: Nicholas Gallas
Bassoon: Charles McCracken  |  Horn: Rheagan Osteen  |  Trumpet: Jonathan Heim
Percussion: Clara Warnaar  |  Harp: Jacqui Kerrod
Violins: Max Moston, Robin Braun, Regi Papa, Victoria Paterson, Jose Pietri-Coimbre
Viola: JJ Johnson, Whitney La Grange  |  Cello: Dave Eggar, Alexandra Jones  |  Bass: Pawel Knapik


Breaking Ground is New York’s largest supportive housing provider. Since 1990, Breaking Ground has helped more than 13,000 people overcome and avoid homelessness. Breaking Ground operates 22 transitional and permanent housing residences, primarily in New York City, providing safe, stable, beautiful housing for those who need it most. Breaking Ground also runs, under contract with DHS, street homeless outreach services in all of Brooklyn, Queens, and a portion of Manhattan.


Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen is the largest soup kitchen in New York and has been a symbol of hope and compassion in the Chelsea section of Manhattan since 1982. Every weekday about 1,000 nourishing meals are served to hungry and homeless New Yorkers who dine in the beautiful sanctuary of the landmark Holy Apostles Church. The mission of Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen is to feed the hungry, comfort the afflicted, seek justice for the homeless, and provide a sense of hope and opportunity to those in need.



This production is made possible by an OPERA America Innovation Grant, supported by the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation. Supported by funding from the New York State Council on the Arts.



This production is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.


Amahl and the Night Visitors is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.



Additional production support generously provided by
Mark and Lorry Newhouse.

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  • On Site has hit upon a work/venue combination that is not only imaginative but politically resonant…this stunning take on Amahl needs to become a new Christmas tradition, each year reminding us of the miracle that is our community.

    The Observer
  • The touching, moving, brilliantly reconceived version of Amahl had the audience alternately in tears and cheering…the chorus, created by members of the community of Breaking Ground perhaps gave the greatest heft to the proceedings. 

  • [I]t’s a story that aims to remind us that the gift of giving can come in many forms, and what director Eric Einhorn brilliantly highlights in this production, is that even the unlikeliest of people can shower us with the blessing of profound compassion and humanity we so desperately need.

  • Beyond that, the circumstances of the production are relevant and meaningful in a real-world way—that the performance was beautiful all around makes this one of the most fulfilling classical performances of the year.

    New York Classical Review
  • This a sincere revival with a social conscience, a chance to take immersive part in the Christmas miracle, not just watch it remotely, from a balcony or living room. On Site’s Amahl is an advent calendar of a production—it gives and gives.

    Parterre Box
  • On three cold, wintry days in New York City, OSO gave New York City, in the words of a well-known carol, its heart with this musical gift.

    Seen and Heard International

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