Why Opera-Palooza?

New Haven has a rich history of being a "new" home to Italian immigrants who migrated to Connecticut during the late 19th century.  By the late 1800's Italian immigrants had moved into the Wooster Street area of New Haven and became the city's dominant ethnic group.  With the influx of so many people, it was only natural that Italian culture would accompany its people with the recipes and music from the "old country".

On Saturday, August 19th, Italian music aficionados will come together on the Historic New Haven Green, under the late summer moonlight for Opera-Palooza.  Opera-Palooza is a celebration of all things Italian in New Haven.  We want you to be a part of it!


(6pm - 9pm)

Arrive early to snag a spot on the Green & enjoy delicious offerings from one of our on-site food trucks!

Food Truck Vendors:  6pm - 9pm

The Show: 7pm - 9pm




By Car

Downtown New Haven has over 15,000 available parking spots throughout the city. For Opera-Palooza, we suggest you park in one of two parking garages located near the New Haven Green:


1 Temple Street, New Haven
Open 24 hours, 7 days/week
Clearance: 6 ft. 0 ins.
Entrances at: Crown Street between Temple & College, College Street between Chapel & Crown


213 Crown Street, New Haven
Open 24 hours, 7 days/week
Clearance: 6 ft. 8 ins.
Entrances at: Crown Street between Temple & College, College Street between Chapel & Crown

Additionally, there is an hourly surface lot within easy walking distance of the New Haven Green:


32 Elm Street
New Haven, CT
Credit cards only


STREET PARKING: There are many metered parking spots available near the New Haven Green, but they will likely get used up quickly. All parking meters are in effect until 9:00pm Monday through Saturday. After 5:00pm, there are no time limits associated with any meter. That means after 5:00pm, you can pay all the way up until 9:00PM. In the city center, our new meters also accept credit cards. Please check each meter for time and rate.

Click HERE to learn about street parking and how to pay your parking ticket online.
Click HERE to learn how to pay your parking meter by cellphone.


More parking options & information available through the City of New Haven's parking information resource, Park New Haven (www.nhparking.com)

Please pay careful attention to posted signs and rates for parking. We have made an effort to ensure that information listed here is accurate and up-to-date, however the Department of Arts, Culture & Tourism cannot be held responsible for changes to hours and policies at garages and on streets.


By Bike

Bike racks will be on hand especially for you, the cyclist who loves opera, at the entrances to the New Haven Green.


Meet the Producers




Heroes, villains, intrigue, comedy and cliffhangers. Imagine everything we cherish about stories, entwined with glorious singing and music by beloved masters like Mozart, Puccini and Strauss. That’s opera! And our audience and artists, volunteers and supporters make it happen here in Southeast Connecticut. Together, they create the alchemy that brings art—Salt Marsh Opera style—to life.

Based in Stonington, Conn., Salt Marsh Opera was formed in 2000 by twelve friends who relished their annual opera party (think singing, food, wine and flying flowers!).

Underlying all we do is commitment to heightening appreciation for the arts, opening doors to new enthusiasts and ensuring artistic culture thrives in our communities.

Opera embraces many crafts—singing, playing, staging, set design, lighting, costuming, conducting and more. Through our in-school programs, youngsters discover these many pathways to a creative life as well as spark their imaginations for classic artistic expression. Young adults bent on making their mark in theater ignite their dreams with hands-on mentorships.

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The mission of the Department of Arts, Culture and Tourism is to improve the quality of life in New Haven and to support the economic development of the City by assisting, promoting and encouraging artists, arts and cultural organizations and events in New Haven. It also serves as the steward for the municipal collection of public art.

The Department of Arts, Culture and Tourism:
• Supports a wealth of neighborhood activities through the Mayor's Community Arts Grants Program
• Enhances municipal buildings and schools with public works of art through its Percent for Art Program
• Supports creative entrepreneurship throughProject Storefronts
• Produces community events such as the Holiday Tree Lighting on the Green

Additionally, the Department of Arts, Culture and Tourism provides support to the film industry by assisting filmmakers in identifying possible locations within the city, negotiating and coordinating city services and other location needs and costs.

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We all make music. We hum, whistle, sing, drum our fingers. We play instruments, we sing Happy Birthday. Music is the most human form of communication. But most of us learn early to keep our talent to ourselves. That robs us of the opportunity to form the most basic, joyful bond with other people many of us will ever know. Find Your Voice exists to bring people from diverse backgrounds, perspectives and talents together to make music together. Find Your Voice brings us together to make our music.

Come make music with us!  We are forming music clubs now!  See our website for more information….  And let your voice be heard!

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