WRTI's Susan Lewis sat down with David Devan to talk about Festival O19, its variety, and why he believes this classic art form is so contemporary.
Opera Philadelphia is creating vital new works and interpreting traditional pieces with a contemporary lens. This year's Festival O19 is an example of how the company's innovative approach is fueling an exciting opera renaissance, and redefining the genre for the 21st century.
Live broadcast of Opera Philadelphia soloists singing a preview of La bohème and chatting with WRTI's Susan Lewis about the production. Recorded in the WRTI Performance Studio on April 22, 2019.
You can see Opera Philadelphia’s recent revival of La bohème under the stars on Independence Mall on September 14th at 7 PM. This year's Opera on the Mall features a screening of the beloved Puccini blockbuster.
Philadelphia’s premiere opera company begins its new season this month with a new name and a fresh approach to presenting its work. The Opera Company of Philadelphia starts its first season as Opera Philadelphia. The name changed to better reflect the diversity and scope of its artistic output.
Now, from the traditional opera company that grew out of the 1975 merger of the Philadelphia Lyric Opera Company and the Philadelphia Grand Opera Company, comes a producer and presenter with a three-stranded approach. And, says General Director David Devan, maybe even three separate sets of audiences.