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Arts & Cultural Events

The Mile-Long Opera, a biography of 7 o’clock

October 3 – 7
Timed entry beginning at 7pm
On the High Line at Gansevoort St.

For five consecutive nights, October 3 – 7, 2018, 1,000 singers from across New York will come together on the High Line for the first-ever performances of The Mile-Long Opera: a biography of 7 o’clock. Co-produced by Diller Scofidio + Renfo and the High Line, this sweeping free choral work will immerse audiences in the personal stories of hundreds of New Yorkers about life in our rapidly changing city.

At the heart of this new work is an extensive community engagement initiative with non-profit cultural organizations across all five boroughs: Abrons Arts Center and the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce in Manhattan, ARTs East NY in Brooklyn, Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement in Queens, The POINTCDC in the Bronx, and Snug Harbor in Staten Island. Each partner serves as a hub for engaging audiences off the High Line—by recruiting choirs, holding open rehearsals and workshops, and hosting events.

The Mile-Long Opera is conceived by composer David Lang and architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Poets Anne Carson and Claudia Rankine wrote the text, inspired by real-life stories, gathered through first-hand interviews with residents throughout the city, asking what 7pm means to them.

All performances are free but require advance tickets. Registration is currently closed. On the day of each performance, the High Line will close early for general audiences to allow registered ticket holders to experience the performance at set reservation times each evening.

Join the waitlist

Find out how you can get involved at milelongopera.com.


Target is the Presenting Sponsor of The Mile-Long Opera: a biography of 7 o’clock.