Opera Company of Philadelphia Celebrates National Opera Week

Philadelphia, PA: The Opera Company of Philadelphia is proud to join opera organizations in over 30 states nationwide to celebrate National Opera Week (October 28 – November 6), coordinated by OPERA America, the national service organization for opera, with support of the National Endowment for the Arts.

National Opera Week celebrates the vibrancy of opera in America today, and brings the inventiveness and excitement of opera to a national audience. The strength and diversity of established opera companies, community opera ensembles, and opera training programs across the United States will be shared through free, dynamic activities designed to engage novices, opera lovers, and everyone in between.

“From behind-the-scenes tours to enlightening performance talks to Twitter contests and more, there is something for everyone during National Opera Week,” states Marc A. Scorca, president & CEO of OPERA America. “National Opera Week draws attention to the creativity and dynamism that propels our field today. We are proud to highlight this depth of opera activity across the United States.”

Opera at Independence Mall

The Opera Company of Philadelphia is proud to participate in this third annual celebration that highlights accessibility and engagement, having recently launched its season with a free, live, public simulcast of Carmen at Independence National Historical Park that drew a crowd of thousands, and complemented a run of sold-out performances at the Academy of Music. OCP has introduced wide audiences to opera through its student and adult education program, as well as its popular Random Acts of Culture, pop-up performances sponsored by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation which are aimed at expanding the reach of the classical arts beyond the concert halls and into the community.

National Opera Week Events & Ways to Enjoy Opera

2012 Opera Week Ticket Special


The perfect way for opera lovers to share a performance with a friend, of for newbies to attend for the first time! Receive 20% off on single tickets from October 28 – November 6 for all 2012 titles, including Mozart’s comic The Abduction from the Seraglio (February 17 – 26) and Puccini’s romantic Manon Lescaut (April 20 – 29, pictured) at the Academy of Music, and Curtis Opera Theatre’s Elegy for Young Lovers (March 14 – 18) and OCP’s Premiere of the new opera Dark Sisters (June 8 – 17) as part of the Aurora Series for Chamber Opera at the Perelman Theater.

Vocal Master Class with Holly Phares

Holly Phares

Sunday, October 30, 2011; 2:00p.m.-4:00p.m.
Want to learn more about singing? Interested in insights about the creative process behind vocal technique, role interpretation and more? Join us for a free master class with voice teacher Holly Phares (pictured right) and accompanist and coach Lisa Harer de Calvo at the Curtis Institute of Music’s Field Hall.  

Opera Happy Hour at Jolly's

Wednesday, November 2, 2011; 5:00p.m.-7:00p.m.
Raise a glass and your voice at the only opera happy hour in town! Join us at
Jolly's Piano Bar at 1420 Locust Street, directly behind the Academy of Music, and bring the sheet music to your favorite aria, where pianist Tim Ribchester will accompany you… or just sit back and enjoy the performance! (Cash bar and happy hour drink specials – visit for details!) 

Opera Week Trivia: Enter to Win!

Do you follow the Opera Company of Philadelphia on Facebook and Twitter? Keep your eyes peeled and show your Philadelphia opera smarts by answering OCP’s Opera Week trivia questions. Answer correctly and be entered to win a pair of premium tickets to Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio or Puccini’s Manon Lescaut in 2012!

Opera Company of Philadelphia Videos

Want to see some of the best moments from the Opera Company's recent productions? How about artist interviews? Or a Random Act of Culture or two? Visit the Opera Company of Philadelphia on YouTube to enjoy a growing archive of behind-the-scenes extras that enhance your enjoyment of opera. Visit!

Opera Company of Philadelphia Podcasts

Get ready for our upcoming productions by downloading our podcasts to listen to at any time! Hosted by OCP Director of Community Programs Mike Bolton, the podcasts include interviews and background information on each of our operas. Visit the Community section of to download!

National Celebration

Launching National Opera Week will be the NEA Opera Honors award ceremony on Thursday, October 27 at 7:30 p.m. in Washington, D.C. For the first time, this event will be available worldwide through a live webcast that also will be archived after the event and accessible at The NEA Opera Honors is the nation’s highest award in opera and recognizes outstanding artists for their lifetime achievements and contributions to the excellence and perpetuation of opera in America. This year’s honorees are stage designer John Conklin, general director Speight Jenkins, mezzo-soprano Risë Stevens and composer Robert Ward. The October 27 award ceremony and live webcast will feature video tributes, guest performances from artists such as tenor Lawrence Brownlee and mezzo-soprano Heather Johnson, and an onstage conversation with the honorees. For additional information, visit

For more information about National Opera Week events around the country, please visit Join the National Opera Week conversation on Twitter with #OperaWeek.

Additional press contact for OPERA America/National Opera Week: Patricia Kiernan Johnson, 212-796-8620, ext. 217,