Heartbeat Opera presents:

Shakespeare in love...with opera.

Don thy codpieces, neck ruffs, and farthingales — Shakespeare cometh! Heartbeat Opera proudly presents its 4th annual Drag Extravaganza for two nights of divalicious coloraturas, eye-popping fashion, and Halloween revelries.

Join us in your best Elizabethan finery and watch Shakespeare himself discover the genius of Verdi, Purcell, Bernstein, and more. “Some are born fab, some achieve fabulous, and some have fabulous thrust upon them!”

From Last Year's Drag Extravaganza:

"Drag Queens And Gateway Drugs: How Heartbeat Opera Is Breathing Life Into The Classics" — Huffington Post

"Things to do on and around Halloween in NYC this year" — Huffington Post

"...taking the audience on an adventure through the galaxy with their signature blend of eye-popping spectacle, gender-bending mischief, and musical mastery." — Broadway World

"An opera company will blast off on Halloween, sending a choir of perfectly coiffed drag queens into outer space in search of extraterrestrial genius Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart." —The Brooklyn Paper


Photos from Last Year's Drag Extravaganza:


Heartbeat Opera in the News


"Bold and vivid .... This small, adventurous company strives to make opera a visceral, intimate and immediate “encounter,” as they have said. Their alterations to masterpieces aim to get past dated elements that can mute the raw emotions and the timeless issues coursing within the original works. These presentations are meant, simply, as readings, as one-time interpretations."

– Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times


"A radical endeavor — less pint-sized grand opera than an appropriation of the genre for theatre of the black-box type."

– Alex Ross, The New Yorker


"Pioneers...reformatting the opera experience from the grand to the deliberately intimate."

– Heidi Waleson, The Wall Street Journal


"... one of the most agile and dynamic companies on New York's indie opera scene ... Every Heartbeat event feels like a happening ... Judging by the average audience age and enthusiasm level, the company is succeeding..." 

– Joanne Sydney Lessner, Opera News