Opera in the City

Opera Philadelphia expands its civic footprint by offering fully staged operas in unexpected venues around the city, diversifying operatic experiences for audiences.

Opera in the City, which brings the art form outside of traditional opera houses and into the community, launched in November 2013 with the American Premiere of composer Ana Sokolović’s renowned Svadba–Wedding, in collaboration with FringeArts. Svadba–Wedding is a Serbian, a cappella opera fusing operatic and folk music and telling the story of Milica, a bride-to-be, and her five bridesmaids on the night before her wedding. The production, funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, offered audiences an immersive operatic experience, as ticketholders joined in an authentic Balkan wedding celebration after the performance, featuring traditional cuisine and live Balkan dance music from the West Philadelphia Orchestra.

The next production in the series will be ANDY: A Popera, a cabaret-opera hybrid in collaboration with Bearded Ladies Cabaret, scheduled for September 2015.