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Subject: Announcing the World Premiere of John Musto's "Rhoda and the Fossil Hunt" at the AMNH! 
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** On Site Opera announces the world premiere of
Rhoda and the Fossil Hunt
Apatosaurus (Brontosaurus) by Charles R. Knight, 1898
American Museum of Natural History

** On Site Opera announces the world premiere of Rhoda and the Fossil Hunt, a new site-specific opera for family audiences with music by John Musto and libretto by Eric Einhorn. Co-commissioned and co-produced with Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Lyric Unlimited and Pittsburgh Opera, Rhoda and the Fossil Hunt is based on the real-life experiences of Rhoda Knight Kalt and her trips to the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) with her grandfather Charles R. Knight, the famous naturalist artist who was commissioned to create paintings and sculptures of prehistoric creatures – many still on display at the museum today. The opera premieres in the AMNH’s Hall of Saurischian Dinosaurs in the fall 2017 before traveling to Chicago (Lyric Unlimited) and Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh Opera).


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"Since its inception, On Site Opera has been creating immersive productions with pre-existing repertoire. I am excited that our first commission will be an opera for children and families. It is thrilling to be able to create our first new opera with John and truly craft every element of the story and music to the amazing Hall of Saurischian Dinosaurs at the American Museum of Natural History." -OSO's General & Artistic Director Eric Einhorn

Rhoda Knight Kalt

Charles R. Knight


Help us bring Rhoda and the Fossil Hunt to life! As a donor, you’ll receive a range of VIP benefits including early access to ticket purchases and opportunities for exclusive behind-the-scenes experiences.
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Librettist/General & Artistic Director Eric Einhorn
& Composer John Musto
during a recent workshop at the AMNH.

Librettist/General & Artistic Director Eric Einhorn, Music Director Geoffrey McDonald, & Composer John Musto during a recent workshop at the AMNH.

About On Site Opera: Embarking on its sixth season of producing immersive site-specific opera, On Site Opera (OSO) has established itself as one of NYC's most imaginative and nimble opera companies by doing more than simply staging musically and dramatically rich works outside of the opera house. Reviewing the first chapter of The Figaro Project, Anthony Tommasini of The New York Times wrote, “This visionary company could be on to something big.” He also noted that the “space proved ideal for the intrigues of the opera.” Founded in 2012, OSO molds its productions to specific locations using physical space to create an environment in which the concept, storytelling, music, and performers unite to form an immersive, cohesive, and meaningful whole. OSO, a registered 501(c)(3), is a proud member of Opera America and the New York Opera Alliance. For more information, please visit: ** (
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