Andy: A Popera

A new work-in-development by The Bearded Ladies, in partnership with Opera Philadelphia

The Bearded Ladies, Philadelphia’s experimental cabaret troupe, embark upon a new adventure, in partnership with Opera Philadelphia: ANDY: A Popera. Inspired by the life, fame, and philosophy of Andy Warhol, this cabaret/opera hybrid will feature original music by resident composer Heath Allen and a cast of Opera Philadelphia and Bearded Ladies regulars. Through the lens of Andy’s life and art, they’ll ask the provocative question, “Is immortality worth dying for?”

Embracing the idea of pop in all its forms, the project is being developed in three stages, with a goal of building to a pop art opera premiere in 2015. Stage 1 debuts in May as a series of short pop-up performances throughout the city, kicking off on Friday, May 2, with an Art After 5 performance at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  For Stage 2 in July, The Bearded Ladies return to The Wilma Theater and present an hour-long cabaret version of the piece. The third and final stage will be the Popera.

Stay tuned for more details as this exciting process unfolds!


Schedule of Events (Stages 1 and 2)

Friday, May 2, 2014 | 5 p.m.–8:45 p.m | Philadelphia Museum of Art
Singers present an evening devoted to the life and legacy of Andy Warhol using human-size pop-up books, operatic performances, and a rock band. Bring your own T-shirt for hands-on silk screening and you too can be a Pop artist!

May 2014 | Surprise locations throughout the city
Five-minute popup performances take over Philadelphia in non-traditional spaces like grocery stores and on street corners. Follow The Bearded Ladies (@KnowYourBeards) and Opera Philadelphia (@OperaPhila) on Twitter for announcements of dates, times, and locations.

July 16-27, 2014 | The Wilma Theater
The pop-ups from the first stage of development transform into a staged hour-long cabaret piece. Each performance will be an experiment, allowing for changes from one performance to the next based on audience reactions and feedback. Buy Tickets

The development of ANDY: A Popera has been generously supported by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.