May 14-17, 2023

Il tabarro

Lightship Ambrose at South Street Seaport Museum

Il tabarro

(The Cloak)

Music by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by Giuseppe Adami

presented at

Lightship Ambrose
South Street Seaport Museum
Pier 16, Foot of Fulton St.
New York, NY, 10038

Produced in partnership with the
South Street Seaport Museum

On Site Opera continued its multi-year cycle of Puccini’s Il Trittico one acts with the brooding Il tabarro (The Cloak). Puccini and Adami’s drama of a love triangle that turns deadly on the banks of the Seine river was transported to the historic waterfront of the South Street Seaport. The lightship Ambrose at the South Street Seaport Museum and Pier 16 provided the backdrop for this story of jealousy and suspicion.

After the success of What Lies Beneath aboard the tall ship Wavertree in 2021, On Site Opera was thrilled to once again partner with the South Street Seaport Museum to bring opera to life aboard this historic fleet.



Sunday, May 14th at 6:30pm
Monday, May 15 that 6:30pm
Tuesday, May 16th at 6:30pm
Wednesday, May 17th at 6:30pm


  • Running time: Approximately 55 minutes
  • Audiences will be seated in chairs on the pier for the duration of the performance.
  • Performance will take place entirely outdoors.
  • There will be minimal audience interaction.
  • Sung in Italian with English supertitles via mobile app
Lightship Ambrose, New York, NY, USA


Costume Coordinator – Sophie Stratyner
Costume Assistant – Ayden McKenzie
Rehearsal Pianist – Cris Frisco
House Manager – Ciara DiSeta


Featuring members of the American Modern Ensemble

CM — Georgy Valtchev
Violin 1 — Nikita Mozorov, Suzy Perelman
Violin 2 — Hector Falcon, Victoria Paterson
Viola — Artie Dibble, Jacob Rollins
Cello — Peter Sachon, Laura Metcalf
Bass — Pawel Knapik
Percussion — Clara Warnaar
Harp — Kristi Shade + cartage
Flute — Ginevra Petrucci
Oboe — Boris Baev
Clarinet — David Valbuena
Bassoon — Gilbert DeJean
Horn — Will DeVos, Eric Davis
Trumpet — Alejandro Lopez-Sammame
Trombone — Karl Lyden


Lightship LV-87, also known as Ambrose, was built in 1907 as a floating lighthouse to guide ships safely from the Atlantic Ocean into the broad mouth of lower New York Bay between Coney Island, New York, and Sandy Hook, New Jersey–an area filled with sand bars and shoals perilous to approaching vessels. South Street Seaport Museum’s Ambrose occupied her original station from her launching in 1908 until 1932. In 1921 Ambrose became the first lightship to be fitted with a radio beacon, greatly assisting navigation of the channel in poor visibility. In her role as navigational aid, she was also witness to the largest period of immigration in U.S. history, seeing some six million immigrants pass her station. After her half-century career, she was donated to the newly-formed South Street Seaport Museum by the U.S. Coast Guard in 1968. Guided tours of the 1908 lightship Ambrose are offered Wednesday–Sunday, 11am–5pm.





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