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 20th, Italian music and food aficionados will come together on the Historic New Haven Green, under the late summer moonlight for the inaugural Opera-Palooza.  Opera-Palooza is a celebration of all things Italian in New Haven.  We will savor the food and its flavors, the music and its magic.  We want you to be a part of it!

Register in advance to be entered into a raffle for a chance to win dinner for 4 at Zinc.

THe food emporium tasting tent is
$10 in advance - $15 at the event


Schedule of Events
(4pm - 9pm)

Food Truck Vendors:  4pm - 9pm
Food Emporium Tent: 5pm - 9pm
The Show: 6pm - 8pm


Getting here...


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 WOW! Creative Design Group (WCDG) is a marketing, public relations and graphic design company based in New Haven, CT with proven expertise in healthcare, non-profits, public/media relations, grant-writing and technology. We champion and create campaigns and strategies that get results and a lot of attention. We have direct relationships with media outlets locally and throughout the country, and we interact with key media and social influencers to produce brand-building coverage that gives companies an edge over their competition and reaches their target audiences.

WCDG provides senior-level skills; leadership at both strategic and tactical levels. Clients pay for professionals – not overhead. We offer professional services and achieve goals that are valuable to business objectives with different outcomes and budgets. 

WCDG is results-driven and we pride ourselves on providing personalized and meaningful marketing and communications on behalf of our clients.  Whether it’s a logo, website, radio ad, video presentation, or planning for an event, we can handle it for you. 
Our motto is: It starts with an idea, and then...

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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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Connecticut Alliance for Music 

Connecticut Alliance for Music, Inc. (CAM) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in Fairfield, Connecticut. Its Board of Directors brings business management and non-profit leadership experience; all have a love for fine music and a passion to provide opportunities for young, talented musicians.

For over 40 years, the organization has been dedicated to foster and promote interest in the composition, performance, enjoyment and appreciation of music in all its forms.

CAM believes that music is a vital and important aspect of the human culture. We are here to champion exceptional musicians and the live performance of fine music and create an environment in which classical musicians can flourish. Audiences can find creative inspiration, enjoyment and enrichment through its programs, which include competitions and concerts, performance opportunities for talented musicians and music outreach.

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