Explore the 2012-2013 Season


The Opera Company of Philadelphia is pleased to announce the 2012-2013 Season, featuring five new productions at the Academy of Music and the Perelman Theater and a cast of much-anticipated debuts and returning star voices!

“The 2012-2013 Season features a carefully-planned blend of classics along with important works that will be new to many of our audiences,” General Director David Devan shared.  “We are especially thrilled to be able to realize five new productions, allowing us to produce masterpieces like La bohème and The Magic Flute in imaginative and beautiful settings that honor the opera while providing a fresh and innovative look at them.” 

The Opera at the Academy season opens with director Davide Livermore’s romantic La bohème, inspired by the impressionist art at the turn of the 20th Century, and in spring 2013, director Robert B. Driver directs The Magic Flute in a lush and contemporary rainforest setting.

Devan is also moving forward with recently announced artistic initiatives aimed at broadening the scope of new and rarely-performed works in Philadelphia. “In 2011, we launched the American Repertoire Program, our commitment to produce an American opera in each of the next 10 seasons starting with this June’s Dark Sisters.  Next season, we are proud to be producing the East Coast Premiere of Silent Night, an exciting new American work by composer Kevin Puts and librettist Mark Campbell, in a magnificent co-production with the Minnesota Opera.  It’s a moving story, and really offers the finest in opera and theater for today’s audiences.” 

Other works already announced as part of the American Repertoire Program include Theodore Morrison’s Oscar, planned for 2015, and Cold Mountain by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon in 2016, both co-commissioned and co-produced with The Santa Fe Opera.

Further supporting its commitment to new works, the Opera Company’s Composer In Residence program, in collaboration with New York’s Gotham Chamber Opera and Music-Theatre Group, will move into its next phase with the selection of a second composer in summer 2012.  Current Composer In Residence Lembit Beecher is in his first year of the three-year residency, and produced a concert of his works in New York during January 2012.  

The popular Aurora Series for Chamber Opera at the Perelman Theater returns with two contrasting, contemporary British works – Benjamin Britten’s Owen Wingrave produced by the Curtis Opera Theatre in association with OCP and Kimmel Center Presents, and the Opera Company of Philadelphia premiere of Powder Her Face by Thomas Adès. 

Devan also shared the renewal of Maestro Corrado Rovaris’s contract as music director.  Rovaris, who was appointed as the company’s Jack Mulroney Music Director in 2004, has extended his commitment through the 2015-2016 Season.  “Corrado has been pivotal to the success that the Opera Company of Philadelphia is experiencing.  He embraces cutting-edge repertoire selections, and his international career allows him to identify artists and collaborators for us to engage here in Philadelphia.  We are thrilled that our very talented orchestra and chorus will continue to develop under his leadership through 2016.”


Read more about the 2012-2013 Season line-up, featuring:  La bohème, Silent Night, The Magic Flute, Powder Her Face, and Curtis Opera Theatre’s Owen Wingrave.


Read coverage on the new season from the Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns.