On Site at the 1885 tall ship Wavertree

Limited tickets available for
What Lies Beneath!


In partnership with the South Street Seaport Museum, On Site Opera brings opera aboard the deck of the historic tall ship Wavertree August 28th - September 2nd

This immersive musical experience invites small groups to travel around the ship’s main deck to hear and see vignettes intended to connect audiences to the complex and tragic stories surrounding  American maritime history, both through the enslavement of African people and through novelist Herman Melville’s tragic heroes.
The South Street Seaport presents:

A Discussion Exploring What Lies Beneath

Tues, Aug 17 | 7:30pm | Virtual | Free

The South Street Seaport Museum will host an online conversation with artists and members of the creative team about what it takes to create an opera on the main deck of a historic ship. How do composers choose which stories they tell? What is it like to produce live performances in today’s climate? The discussion will be presented virtually, broadcast from onboard Wavertree, with panelists joining from various locations. A brief Q&A will follow. This event is free and open to all, regardless of whether or not you plan on seeing What Lies Beneath.
The Showboat: Made in NY
By guest blogger, Mark Schubin
On Site Opera’s musical performances aboard the Wavertree, a waterborne vessel, might suggest a showboat, and Show Boat (the novel, the movies, and the musical—the last performed by many opera companies) might suggest smoke billowing from tall stacks, paddle wheels churning the water, and music from the steam calliope calling audiences from miles around, on the bank of the Mississippi River at Natchez. But it was all born—smokestacks, paddlewheels, calliope, and on-board performances—on the banks of the Hudson and East rivers at New York City.
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