The 5pm Post – Opera in the Outfield Sunday

I love this event. From a press release:

New this year is the ‘Take Me Out to the Opera Songwriting Contest,’ which gave fans the opportunity to write original, opera-inspired lyrics to the traditional baseball tune for a chance to have their song performed live and win exclusive prize packages. The winner will be announced during the “Seventh Aria Stretch” (i.e., the second intermission) and will lead the entire stadium in song.

Target FREE Opera in the Outfield is free and open to the public. Seating will be available throughout the ballpark, including on the outfield and in the stands. While reservations are not required, fans are encouraged to reserve their spot by the Wednesday evening deadline. For more information on the simulcast and to make a reservation, visit

Fans attending the event should be aware of the following restrictions:

– Only soft-sided coolers smaller than 16 x 16 x 9 inches and containing individual-size serving food will be allowed
– No alcohol will be allowed inside the gates of the ballpark
– No chairs will be allowed inside the gates of the ballpark
– No strollers or wheelchairs are allowed on the grass of the field
– No throwing items on the field

WHEN: Sunday, September 19

Gates Open: 12:00 p.m.
Simulcast Begins: 2:00 p.m.

WHERE: Nationals Park – 1500 South Capitol Street, SE Washington, DC 20003

One Comment

  • I want to like Opera in the Outfield, but it’s just so tacky. When I lived in the NYC area, the Met would come to small parks and do scaled-down live performances. It was such a beautiful way to spend a late summer evening. Maybe I’m a snob, but watching opera on a giant screen in a ballpark does not appeal to me at all; the patronizing contests and “Seventh Aria Stretch” just make it that much worse. If the intent is to make opera accessible to a new audience, then I support the effort, but I do wish they could do the event in a format that’s enjoyable for more traditional opera lovers.

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