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On Site Opera: Song of the Nightingale at Manhattan West

One Manhattan West

September 21, 2023 - September 23, 2023

Manhattan West Plaza

Music by Lisa Despain, Libretto by Melisa Tien

Due to inclement weather, the performances on Saturday, 9/23 are cancelled. We hope you will join us on 9/22, or at BFPL 9/28-30! 


SEPTEMBER 8 - 9: Brooklyn Commons

SEPTEMBER 21 - 22: Manhattan West 

SEPTEMBER 28 - 30: Brookfield Place

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 Anderson’s The Nightingale, this modern-day fairy tale tells the story of a collector looking to gather up the world’s most beautiful objects.


* RSVP is not required. Click here to register for event reminders.

Thursday, September 21

12:30 PM | Making the Nightingale Sing: Lunchtime Preview and Talk with Lisa DeSpain

7:00 PM | Song of the Nightingale: Performance 

Friday, September 22

7:00 PM | Song of the Nightingale: Performance

All seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis; registration for this event does not guarantee a chair but there will be unlimited standing room. Should an attendee require ADA seating, please contact Arts@Brookfield.com; ADA seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.


Founded in 2012, New York City-based On Site Opera is the country’s leading presenter of site-specific operas in non- traditional venues. Rooted in collaboration and storytelling, On Site Opera celebrates the connection between artist and audience through highly curated experiences led by exciting opera artists and bold and innovative creative teams. Each On Site Opera production invites New Yorkers to explore  their city in new and unique ways, while cultivating a new generation of opera audiences. Since its founding, On Site Opera has produced nearly 30 operas in unconventional spaces, as well as numerous performances in schools and community organizations. 

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395 9th Avenue
New York, NY 10001

Manhattan West Plaza

Date & Time

September 21, 2023 - September 23, 2023