Photo by Rebecca Fay

Photo by Rebecca Fay


Founded in 2012, On Site Opera is dedicated to producing site-specific opera in non-traditional venues throughout New York. On Site Opera molds its productions to specific locations using physical space to create an environment in which the concept, storytelling, music, and performers unite to form an immersive, cohesive, and meaningful whole. Called “innovative” by BBC News and “vital” by The New York Times, Site Opera has presented Shostakovich at The Bronx Zoo and Gershwin at Harlem’s legendary Cotton Club. Committed to exploring new technology in opera, On Site Opera implemented the first-ever Google Glass supertitles during a recent production of Rameau’s Pygmalion.

In June 2015, the company inaugurated The Figaro Project with a highly acclaimed, immersive staging of Giovanni Paisiello’s The Barber of Seville, at the opulent Fabbri Mansion (House of the Redeemer) on New York City’s Upper East Side. The Figaro Project consists of lesser-known operatic adaptations of French playwright Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais’ (1732-1799) famed trilogy of Figaro plays: The Barber of Seville (1775), The Marriage of Figaro (1784) and The Guilty Mother (1792).

In addition to site-specific productions, On Site Opera’s mission includes forging community partnerships in order to bring opera to new and underserved audiences, as well as fostering the development of emerging talent through performance and production opportunities. On Site Opera, a registered 501(c)(3), is a member of Opera America and the New York Opera Alliance. More information:

Last Updated: June 29, 2015


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