This group gives free opera concerts in New York

New York comes alive in the summer, when the world is truly a New Yorker’s stage and the streets often come alive with performances and energy. If you’ve been lucky enough to discover or stumble upon a performance by The Opera Next Store, an opera company formed in the summer of 2020 to help bring live performances back to New York, you know that this immersive live music is what makes the heat of the city worth visiting.

And while the air-conditioned theaters are back in business with a few safety precautions, The Opera Next Door continues its legacy of outdoor performances with a Summer Stoop concert series, free for all to enjoy.

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“To honor our beginnings, we created the Summer Stoop Concert Series, a space that brings opera to the masses in working-class neighborhoods and where we collaborate with artists from different musical genres to explore the possibilities of creating a place for the opera in this new day and age,” says Sasha Gutiérrez, Founder and Artistic Director of Opera Next Door. “We are overwhelmed by the positive response from our audience! Most people who have seen our concerts are new to the genre of opera and we love to share it with new audiences because we deeply love this art form. However, we understand that it has always been considered ‘high art’ and we are working hard to blur the lines in this regard. regarding the type of people who can appreciate this art form.We are sure that if the general public can feel invited, they too can fall in love with opera.

To enjoy the show, neighbors bring blankets and chairs, along with picnics if they wish, filling the public space with attentive audiences eager to listen to the free music. Those who want to contribute financially can all share donations, which helps make future performances possible.

Then there’s a concert on Saturday, July 23 at 6 p.m. at 559 Marlborough Rd. in Ditmas Park, in which the singers will perform a series of opera arias, opera scenes and share the stage with La Manga, a all-female group that focuses on the interpretation of music from the Caribbean and the Afro-Colombian diaspora. Gutierrez also alludes to a musical crossover of the two bands and their genres.

Follow @theoperanextdoor on Instagram for performance updates and clips of the city’s acoustic spectacular.

Corina C. Butler