Opera Philadelphia

A Modern Barber of Seville for Philadelphia

Sep 29, 2014
Kelly & Massa

The Barber of Seville is on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Opera-goers always kind of knew that. But in Opera Philadelphia's new production, the setting is being brought forward 200 years to modern Spain - where passion crosses the line into...who knows? The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns reports.

Musicologist and pianist Charles Rosen once quipped: "The death of classical music is perhaps its oldest continuing tradition." But it's tough to see much gloom when faced with the diversity of premieres and provocative programming around the country in the 2014-2015 season.

An Opera About... Charlie Parker?

May 19, 2014

Whenever Charlie Parker played a solo, you knew you'd feel good by the end. Opera Philadelphia is jumping off an even higher dive - an opera about the celebrated saxophonist, titled Charlie Parker's Yardbird that the Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns reports will bring many unexpected things to the Perelman Theater at its 2015 premiere. 

The Philadelphia Orchestra has played unstaged concert versions of operas before...but never like this. The opera is Salome, with the famous "Dance of the Seven Veils." And how can singers stand still for that? The Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns reports on how Verizon Hall is being turned into an opera house.

The Don Is Back!

Apr 22, 2014

Don Juan, one of fiction's most infamous scoundrels, returns to the opera stage in Philadelphia next week.  As WRTI's Jim Cotter reports, Opera Philadelphia's latest production is also a showcase for singers who learned their craft in the city.

Opera Philadelphia Gives Us: "The Bird"

Feb 12, 2014

Whenever Charlie Parker played a solo, you knew you'd feel good by the end. Opera Philadelphia is jumping off an even higher dive - an opera about the celebrated saxophonist, titled Charlie Parker's Yardbird that the Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns reports will bring many unexpected things to the Perelman Theater at its 2015 premiere. 

Opera Philadelphia launches its new Opera In The City series on November 2nd, presenting unusual opera productions in unconventional spaces. As WRTI’s Jim Cotter reports, the first production treats audiences both as spectators and guests at a Balkan wedding celebration.

Details and ticket information: Svadba-Wedding
 

A Great Week For Classical Music In Philly!

Oct 14, 2013

David Patrick Stearns reports on how The Philadelphia Orchestra turned the cancellation of a high-profile concert in New York City, into a triumphant civic celebration in Philadelphia. This, just days after an enthusiastic, 5,000-strong crowd gathered on Independence Mall to witness Opera Philadelphia’s season-opening production.

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.

Opera Philadelphia’s season opens with Giuseppe Verdi’s Nabuco at the Academy of Music on September 27th and a live, big-screen simulcast open to the public on Independence Mall the next night.


Opera In Unconventional Locales

Aug 6, 2013

Opera Philadelphia seemed to be itching for a break from the opera house with its pop-up performances at the Reading Terminal Market and Macy’s Center City. As The Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns reports, the company has announced formal plans to perform in even less predictable places.

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