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    A Little Night Music: Opera in the Parks

    It's a free, three week music fest in June with star performers and beautiful music filling the air courtesy of the Metropolitan Opera Company.

    Here's your opportunity to experience the operatic quality of Met performances in a relaxed park setting. Bringing the sounds of opera to delighted audiences, this company reaches its goal of making the finest opera performances available to everyone.

    The people who attend are those who cannot afford to attend the Met or prefer the more informal atmosphere or just love opera and will go out of their way to hear it where and whenever they can.

    The performances are staged on the portable Carlos Moseley Music Pavilion. This amazing traveling theater was specifically designed for the Met and the New York Philharmonic to take to the streets. The acoustics in this 68' by 118' large stage are complemented by speakers placed throughout the seating area.

    The troupe provides a little night music throughout the metropolitan area. Parks usually included are:

    • Central Park in Manhattan
    • Cunningham Park, Queens
    • Miller Field in the Gateway National Recreation Area, Staten Island
    • Marine Park, Brooklyn
    • New Haven Green, New Haven, Connecticut
    • Pelham Bay Park, the Bronx
    • Brookdale Park, Montclair, NJ
    • Buccleuch Park, New Brunswick, NJ
    • Cooper River Park, Pennsauken, NJ

    For those not familiar with the performances, the advice is - GET THERE EARLY! Free performances by the Met are a very popular way to spend an evening and spots on the grass are often gone by 3 PM for the 8 PM opening. Even the area away from the main seating gets settled early. Many have favorite spots on the surrounding lawns and hills staked out well in advance.

    If you plan on listening to the performance on the radio, you'll be disappointed since no stations are broadcasting these events.

    For the complete repertoire and casting see the Met in the Parks official site.

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