September 8-30, 2023

Song of the Nightingale

Co-Commissioned with Brookfield Properties Arts & Culture

Song of the Nightingale

Music by Lisa DeSpain
Libretto by Melisa Tien

Co-Commissioned with Brookfield Properties Arts & Culture

Join us for the world premiere of Song of the Nightingale, commissioned and produced by On Site Opera and Brookfield Properties Arts & Culture, taking place across three of Brookfield Properties’ public spaces: Brooklyn Commons, Manhattan West and Brookfield Place. Adapted from Hans Christian Andersen’s The Nightingale, this modern-day fairy tale tells the story of a collector looking to gather up the world’s most beautiful objects.



Tickets are not required, but reservations are encouraged. Click below to RSVP for your preferred performance date.
Please note: This is a public performance and seating is first come first served.

100 Myrtle Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11201

395 9th Avenue
New York, NY 10001

**Tonight’s Song of the Nightingale performance (September 29 @ 7pm) at Brookfield Place is CANCELED due to New York City’s current State of Emergency. Please stay safe.**

230 Vesey St
New York, NY 10281


  • Running time: Approximately 1 hour
  • Audiences will be seated in chairs on a first come first serve basis. Please arrive early to ensure a seat.
  • There will be minimal audience interaction.
  • Sung in English with English supertitles via mobile app
  • ADA seating is available upon request at a first come, first serve basis


Russell Anixter – Music Copyist
Kate Baisley – Hair & Makeup Crew
Geoff Peterson – Titles Operator
Jordan Richards – Technical Production Support
Richard Rockage – Music Copyist
Sophie Stratyner – Costume Assistant/Wardrobe Crew
Deena Zammam – Composer’s Assistant


Featuring members of the American Modern Ensemble

Piano – Jamin Kim
Flute – John Romeri
Clarinet – David Valbuena
Violin – Nikita Yermak
Cello – Valeryia Sholoova


Brookfield Properties Arts & Culture supports innovation in music, dance, theater, film, and visual art by pushing boundaries to create unique works of art and cultural experiences presented for free. Thriving for over three decades, the program gathers communities around creativity by animating Brookfield Properties’ public spaces. 

To learn more about the program and upcoming events, click here. 


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