At Site Opera, the New York opera company specializing in site-specific storytelling and immersive experiences, will present Puccini’s and Adami’s Il tabarro (The Cloak) at the South Street Seaport Museum Lighthouse Ambrose from today until 17.05.
On Site Opera describes the one-act opera as “a jealous love triangle that turns deadly on the banks of the Seine. Set on a lighthouse and a pier where the audience sits, the historic seaport offers the sights and sounds of 1900s Paris where barge owner Michele, played by baritone Eric McKeever, suspects his wife Giorgetta, sung by soprano Ashley Milanese, of being unfaithful with the docksman Luigi , sung by tenor Yi Li. Filled with subplots and richly drawn characters played by tenor Jose Heredia (Tinca), bass-baritone Artega Wright (Talpa), contralto Sharmay Musacchio (La Frugola) and tenor Dana Suarez (The Song Seller), the opera reaches its dramatic conclusion when Michele unexpectedly catches his wife’s lover with a match and strangled him to death.”
Part of the company’s Puccini cycle Triptych, Cloak will have four 60-minute performances starting at 6:30 p.m. It will be sung in Italian, with an English translation available via mobile device.
Founded in 2012, On Site Opera has produced 19 operas at locations including the Bronx Zoo, Harlem’s Cotton Club, Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, Atlanta Botanical Garden, American Museum of Natural History, Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Exploring new technology to make opera more accessible, it was also the first opera company to use Google Glass subtitles.
National Historic Landmark, Ambrose it was built in 1908 as a floating lighthouse to safely guide ships from the Atlantic Ocean into the Ambrose Channel, the largest shipping channel in and out of the ports of New York and New Jersey. The US Coast Guard donated her to the South Street Seaport Museum in 1968.
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