Mannes Opera in Review: Mannes x Parsons Present Il Postino

Detailed set designs and costumes, purposeful lighting, and world-class musical talent are just a few of the necessary components for a successful opera. In May 2014, Mannes College The New School for Music and Parsons The New School for Design collaborated for the first time to present a fully staged performance of Daniel Catán’s Il Postino. This year’s Mannes Opera displayed the overwhelming talent of New School students across artistic and creative disciplines.

Watch Mannes Opera Artistic Director and Director of the Opera Program, Joseph Colaneri along with Set Designer and Parsons Assistant Professor, John Jerard discuss the breakthrough collaboration and the value of having students participate in the opera’s musical and design production from the ground up.

For admission information about Mannes College, please visit