Last Thursday evening, socialites, who have been on the scene for the last 30 years, dressed to the nines in furs and diamonds, lined the Lincoln Center plaza for just another night at the New York City Opera. But once inside the David A. Koch Theatre, one quickly noticed that this scene wasn’t necessarily reserved for the seasoned. Waiting to see Elixir of Love, a contemporary take on Donizetti’s beloved classic, the crowd was a healthy mix of young and old, which made me question — since when did the opera become hip?

As the last soprano note was sung, my question was answered. The generations parted ways, with the majority of 20- and 30-somethings heading up to the fourth floor to enjoy complimentary cocktails and live music. Dubbing it Act 4, L Magazine and the NYC Opera have joined forces to feature free (with purchase of opera ticket) special guest performances and signature libations, tied in to specific shows throughout the season (check for listings), enabling your experience to include both the pristine opera culture and the chic NYC social scene that we all love.

Following Elixir of Love, the younger generation of socialites and hipsters sipped on Hurricanes during the SoCo-sponsored event, and listened as hypnotic tunes by Brooklyn-based band Beach Fossils wafted through the Lincoln Center halls.

The combination of the opera and live music draws both the young and older generations, creating a memorable event for all. Not the mention, the lure of free cocktails might even be enough to entice your boyfriend to attend.

– Brittny

More info on Act 4 with the New York City tOpera and L Magazine:

New York City Opera and The L Magazine have joined forces to bring you ACT 4, at fourth ring cocktail bar and lounge serving signature libations and featuring special guest performances from all cultural corners of the city. Each event is programmed to tie-in to a production during the season, providing a scintillating experience to keep the night going for culture seekers who want to keep the party going after the curtain falls.

Admission is free with your opera ticket purchase.

For inquires about how to become involved with ACT 4, please contact us at

Upcoming Act 4 Events:

March 30 – Jenny Liu and Maria Chavez

After Zorn, Schoenberg and Feldman’s MONODRAMAS, enjoy special post-opera audio/visual performance with artists Jenny Liu and Maria Chavez, curated by the New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA).

April 20 – Small Black

Following the performance of Seance on a Wet Afternoon, this special post-opera event will be hosted by a yet to be announced guest.

April 28 – The Secret Science Club

This special post-opera event will be hosted by The Secret Science Club.

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