March 21, 22, 25, 2018
Ricky Ian Gordon/William Hoffman's

Morning Star

Museum at Eldridge Street

An opera by Ricky Ian Gordon
Libretto by William M. Hoffman
Based on the play by Sylvia Regan

Morning Star tells the story of an immigrant Jewish family struggling to find a better life on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in the early 20th century. The family is deeply impacted by the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, the Great Depression, and World War I and must learn how to adapt to the country’s ever-changing landscape.

World premiere of a newly-commissioned chamber edition of the opera, supervised by the composer, with new orchestrations by Tony Award-winning orchestrator Bruce Coughlin.

March 21, 2018 at 7:30pm
March 22, 2018 at 7:30pm
*March 25, 2018 at 1:00pm
*March 25, 2018 at 

[*March 25th performances coincide with the 107th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire]

The Museum at Eldridge Street
12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002

Approximate running time: 2 hours, with one 15-minute intermission

General Admission: $60

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Each performance of Morning Star will be preceded by an event related to the opera.

History of the Triangle Factory Fire
A lecture featuring members of the board of directors of the Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition
Mary Anne Trasciatti
Suzanne Pred Bass
(Great-niece of Triangle fire victim Rosie Weiner and fire survivor Katie Weiner)
March 21st at 6:45pm – FREE (Sold out!)

Behind-the-Scenes Tour
learn the history of the Eldridge Street Synagogue
March 22nd at 6:45pm – FREE (Sold out!)

Art & Eat
light brunch with the composer and director
March 25th at 12:00pm – $20

Commemorative Ceremony
honoring the anniversary of the Triangle Factory Fire
March 25th at 5:00pm – FREE

About the Museum at Eldridge Street

The Museum at Eldridge Street, a non-sectarian cultural organization, was founded with a mission to restore and interpret its home, the historic 1887 Eldridge Street Synagogue, and serve people of all backgrounds with educational and cultural programs inspired by the landmark building and its gateway Lower East Side neighborhood.

The Museum at Eldridge Street is housed in the Eldridge Street Synagogue, a magnificent National Historic Landmark that has been meticulously restored since 2007. Opened in 1887, the synagogue is the first great house of worship built in America by Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe. Today, it is the only remaining marker of the great wave of Jewish migration to the Lower East Side that is open to a broad public who wish to visit Jewish New York. Exhibits, tours, cultural events and educational programs tell the story of Jewish immigrant life, explore architecture and historic preservation, inspire reflection on cultural continuity, and foster collaboration and exchange between people of all faiths, heritages and interests.

ENLUMEN is the official lighting partner of On Site Opera.


Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition is a Morning Star production partner.

Museum at Eldridge Street, Eldridge Street, New York, NY, United States

Morning Star was commissioned by Cincinnati Opera.

Featuring members of the American Modern Ensemble:
Flute: Sato Moughalian
Clarinet: Nicholas Gallas, Nuno Antunes
Bassoon: Joshua Hodge
Horn: Jeff Scott
Trumpet: Jonathan Heim, Alejandro Lopez
Bass Trombone: John Rojak
Percussion: Clara Warnaar
Piano/Celeste: Blair McMillen
Violin: Esther Noh, Regi Papa, Erin Benim
Viola: JJ Johnson
Cello: Alexandra Jones
Bass: Pawel Knapik
Contractor: Victoria Paterson


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