On Site Opera has produced immersive opera experiences in more than a dozen unique spaces throughout New York City – and beyond! Since the closure of many venues due to COVID-19, several of our past partners are now offering virtual tours, classes, and explorations of their spaces online. We invite you to explore these spaces and revisit some of your favorite On Site Opera memories!
THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
In 2017, On Site Opera produced Rhoda and the Fossil Hunt by John Musto and Eric Einhorn in the Hall of Dinosaurs at AMNH, right at the feet of the T-Rex and Apatosaurus! Visit their website today for a virtual exploration through the museum via Google Arts & Culture, or to find educational resources for educators and families seeking ways to bring science into your remote classroom.
THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART
On Site Opera produced the world premiere of Murasaki’s Moon in 2019 at the Met Museum’s Astor Court. This new opera by Michi Wiancko and Deborah Brevoort was produced alongside an exhibit in the Museum’s Asian Art Wing featuring the 11th century novel The Tale of Genji.
While the Met will be closed well into the summer, they have created myriad ways to explore their art collections online and wander their galleries through Google Arts & Culture.
THE MUSEUM AT ELDRIDGE STREET
In 2018, On Site Opera produced Ricky Ian Gordon and William Hoffman’s Morning Star, a story about a Jewish immigrant family affected by the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire. OSO produced this piece in the oldest continuously operating synagogue in the US only a few blocks from the Shirtwaist Factory, in a neighborhood where many Jewish immigrant families lived in the early 20th century.
Visit the Museum’s website today to explore the art and history of the Synagogue, read letters from immigrants of 19th and 20th centuries, and attend live online events.
THE BRONX ZOO
On Site Opera’s inaugural site-specific opera production was Shostakovich’s The Tale of the Silly Baby Mouse at The Bronx Zoo. The 12-minute opera featured large-scale puppets and now tours to local schools and community organizations to introduce young audiences to opera.
While the Zoo is closed to human visitors right now, you can still see what the animals are up to via live webcam footage of the animal enclosures and watch their video series about animal science for supplement your at-home learning.
In fall 2019, On Site Opera produced Benjamin Britten and Myfawny Piper’s The Turn of the Screw at Wave Hill. Audiences followed the characters across Wave Hill’s grounds to the historic estate house and into multiple rooms to watch this spooky tale unfold.
Wave Hill may be closed right now, but they are currently offering weekly Family Art Projects online each Saturday morning, and will soon announce an online concert series.
As part of a 3-year Figaro Project, On Site Opera produced lesser-known operatic adaptations of the Beaumarchais plays, including Paisiello’s Barber of Seville. We produced this piece in 2015 at the Fabbri Mansion on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
The Fabbri Mansion is closed right now, but you can explore its history and architecture online through content curated by Untapped New York here.