December 2019

Amahl and the Night Visitors

Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen

Our acclaimed production is returning by popular demand!

Gian Carlo Menotti’s

Amahl and the Night Visitors

presented in the

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

After last season’s critically-acclaimed run, On Site Opera is proud announce the return of its production of 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.


Wednesday, December 4 at 7:30pm
Thursday, December 5 at 7:30pm
Friday, December 6 at 7:30pm
Saturday, December 7 at 2:00pm
Saturday, December 7 at 6:00pm
Sunday, December 8 at 6:00pm

$40 (general admission)
$25 (standing room*)
*Standing room patrons will be invited to fill any empty seats 5 minutes before the start of the performance.

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: Sung in English, with supertitles in English and Spanish through the On Site Opera app.

Audiences will be seated in chairs for the duration of the performance.
Performers will move throughout the space, including all sides of the audience.
There will be minimal audience interaction.

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


Omari Contast’e
Imani Nzingha
Dana Thomas
Marlene Desiree Watts (Dance Captain)


Featuring members of the American Modern Ensemble
Flute: Sato Moughalian  |  Oboe: Keve Wilson, Boris Baev  |  Clarinet: Nuno Antunes
Bassoon: Charles McCracken  |  Horn: William DeVos  |  Trumpet: Alejandro Lopez-Samame
Percussion: Eric Poland  |  Harp: Jacqui Kerrod  |  Piano: Candace Chien
Violins: Max Moston, Robin Braun, Regi Papa, Victoria Paterson, Jose Pietri-Coimbre
Viola: JJ Johnson, Whitney La Grange  |  Cello: Dave Eggar, Peter Sachon  |  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.



The On Site Opera mobile app 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.

Your contribution today helps On Site Opera turn all of New York City into an opera house!

  • In sixty years, no production of this opera I have attended captures the essence of Amahl better than this revival by On Site Opera. This company has become an essential element in the exciting renaissance of small-scale lyric theater in New York today. Its specialty is “site-specific” opera: immersive performances to small audiences in non-traditional everyday spaces.

    Opera Today
  • On Site Opera revived what one hopes will become an annual production of Gian Carlo Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors. The complex mix of theater and social reality was perfectly melded together.

    Berkshire Fine Arts
  • We loved seeing art performing what we think it capable of. It should hold a mirror up to society to show us what we are missing in everyday life. Bravo to On Site Opera for taking risks.

    Voce di Meche

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