7. Mile Long Opera
Photograph by Liz Ligon
For five nights in a row, from October 3-7, 2018, the High Line will feature its most ambitious cultural event yet: The Mile-Long Opera. One thousand singers, from 40 amateur choirs from all five boroughs New York City, will perform one piece across the entire one and a half mile stretch of the High Line. The audience will promenade through the piece, starting at the Gansevoort Street entrance to 34th Street.
At its root, The Mile-Long Opera is a community-engagement project that actively sought a piece that represented a diverse, cross-section of the city, both in terms of the participants and the source material. The subject of the opera looks at the time, 7 o’clock, as a time of important transformations across multiple perspectives.
Pulitzer-prize winning composer David Lang wrote the opera, with poets Anne Carson and Claidio Rankine writing the liberetto. Diller and Lindsey Peisinger serve as co-directors, Donald Nally is the music director. THE OFFICE performing arts + film, The High Line and the Diller, Scofio + Renfro serve as producers. Tickets are standby only at this point, but you can also experience the event in 360 VR. More info here.