Mile-Long Opera, a biography of 7 o’clock, 1,000 singers, 100 stories

The Mile-Long Opera, a biography of 7 o’clock, is on the High Line in Chelsea and Manhattan’s Meatpacking District, Wednesday – Sunday, October 3 – 7, 2018. Free with ticket RSVP.

Extended to Monday, October 8, 2018.

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Mile-Long Opera, a biography of 7 o’clock

The Mile-Long Opera is free public opera sung by 1,000 New Yorkers on Manhattan’s High Line. It tells the stories of hundreds of New Yorkers about what 7:00 pm means to them.

Audiences can enjoy the opera by walking the High Line. Each singer tells a different story which you can hear alone as you pass or with others in unison.

Preparation for the opera is a major community engagement initiative. The singers are New Yorkers from all five boroughs, just like you.

The project was created by architects Diller Scofidio + Renfo and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang, with words and lyrics by poets Anne Carson and Claudia Rankine.

Diller Scofidio + Renfo are the architects of the High Line and Lincoln Center.

David Lang is known for his large-scale public music projects such as The Public Domain for one thousand voices at Lincoln Center, and his Symphony for a Broken Orchestra with hundreds of broken school instruments.

Mile-Long Opera Community Engagement

Community engagement partners are:

  • Abrons Arts Center (Lower East Side, Manhattan)
  • Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce (Harlem, Manhattan)
  • ARTs East NY (East New York, Brooklyn)
  • Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement (Queensbridge, Queens)
  • The POINTCDC (Hunters Point, The Bronx)
  • Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden (Snug Harbor, Staten Island)

Mile-Long Opera Events

Mile-Long Opera. Courtesy of David Lang and Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

Mile-Long Opera. Courtesy of David Lang and Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

There are a series of events in the build-up to the Opera.

Goussy Célestin: Circle Sing Shout

Feel the rhythm and joy of call and response based on Ring Shout and Haitian Rara traditions.

The High Line
Sunday, September 16 at 1 pm. FREE

Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce
Monday, September 17, 2018 at 3 pm

Autobiography of 7 o’clock: A Community Conversation

Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce
Mural Pavilion  at Harlem Hospital
Monday, September 17, 2018 at 7 pm

History and Mysteries of Snug Harbor

Rediscover the rich past of Snug Harbor, Staten Island

Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden
Staten Island
Saturday, September 22, 2018 from 11 am – 12:30 pm
$10

Autumn Moon Festival

Enjoy Asian music, dance, storytelling and martial arts traditions.

Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden
Staten Island
Saturday, September 22, 2018 from 4 pm
$10

Autobiography of 7 o’clock: A Community Conversation

ARTs EAST New York
East New York, Brooklyn
Thursday, September 27, 2018 at 7 pm

The POINT CDC
Hunts Point, The Bronx
Friday, September 28, 2018 at 6 pm

Lenape Center Symposium

A day of discussions and performances about the complexities of colonization of Indigenous communities.

Abrons Arts Center
Lower East Side, Manhattan
Saturday, October 13, 2018 from 10 am – 6 pm
$5 – $20

Mile-Long Opera Tickets

Tickets are free with registration. On performance days, the High Line will close to the public early. Ticket holders will be given timed entry to the High Line.

Ticket registration opens Wednesday, September 5, 2018.

Register for tickets at milelongopera.com

Tickets are currently closed. You can register for the wait list at www.thehighline.org

Visit the Mile-Long Opera

Entrance to the High Line for the Opera is from Gansevoort St at Washington St in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District.

The performance ends at the High Line exit on 34th St between Eleventh and Twelfth Avenues.

Arrive 20-40 minutes before the timed entry on your ticket. Late arrivals may lose their reservation.

Subway

  • (A) (C) (E) to 14th St and Eighth Avenue
  • (L) to 14th St and Eighth Avenue
  • (1) (2) (3) to 14th St and Seventh Avenue


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