The opera took place in the abandoned 176-year-old Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, which has not been used, except as a tourist curiosity, since 1971.
Obed Floan starred as Florestan, with Robert Lucien Demers as Rocco and Elizabeth Kopczynski-Moore as Leonora.
Those who attended the performance were given a flashlight at the entrance, and proceeded down a corridor in which they could look into cells where photographs and text described what life there was like.
Inquirer critic David Patrick Stearns did not give a favorable review of the production. Although he found the opera's central paradox—the inhumanity of the prison and the humanity of the characters—to be heightened by the site-specific staging, in the end, he said, it "left little room for imagination."