Sunday: Opera Singers will Perform Inside Arcade-Style Boxes in Riverside Park

Summers in New York City are full of free and fun public events, and this Sunday in Riverside Park, Summer on the Hudson will present an “immersive and family-friendly opera experience” that’s sure to put a smile on everyone’s face.

It’s a performance that’s part public art installation, part nostalgia, with opera singers performing inside audio-system equipped boxes inspired by the Coney Island Zoltar machine made famous in the movie Big. Opera on Tap calls it “OperaCades!” and it’s happening this Sunday, August 27 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Pier I in Riverside Park (500 West 70th Street).


In partnership with the New Orleans Opera, Opera on Tap says its goal for this program is to “create an artistic experience that evokes nostalgia for another time,” while at the same time pointing towards the future for opera and classical music.

Opera on Tap’s Instagram account posted a video of their last Operacades! event so you can check out a preview of what might be in store. Students from the Manhattan School of Music will be presenting at 5 p.m., and Bubbles and Buoy, the operatic Mermaid duo, will be performing at 6 p.m.


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In addition to the singing, the Riverside Park Conservancy website says there will be “games, and other amusements,” and that seating is available on a first come, first-served, limited basis.

The event is entirely outdoors, so please check the NYC Parks website first before heading out as announcements of weather-related closings are made at least two hours before the start time. If anyone has any further questions about the event, they can contact the organizer by email at


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