OCP is now Opera Philadelphia
In the coming months, you will see our new name, new brand and new logo reflected on our website, in print materials and advertising, and in our performance spaces. This rebranding is not just an expression of Opera Philadelphia’s future ambitions, but the next step in a creative journey that began several years ago. Since 2006, Opera Philadelphia has moved quickly to diversify its repertoire, identify and cultivate rising new talent, and present innovative programs, all in an effort to connect with people in powerful ways.
Moving forward, we will focus on exploring and expressing these emotions in three areas: Opera on Stage; Opera in the City; and Opera in the Lab.
On stage, we produce opera that draws artists and audiences from around the globe, including blockbuster titles such as Carmen and La bohème in the spectacular Academy of Music, and provocative contemporary works like the U.S. Premiere of Hans Werner Henze’s Phaedra in the more intimate Aurora Series for Chamber Opera in the Perelman Theater. To these productions, we bring renowned creative teams, star opera singers and the most exciting emerging talent, many of whom have trained right here in Philadelphia at the Academy of Vocal Arts and the Curtis Institute of Music.
But we also believe that great opera doesn’t have to be tethered to an opera house. Opera can discover you, too, right where you are. So equally thrilling is our commitment to present Opera in the City via Random Acts of Culture, where we stage surprise performances in crowded, iconic Philadelphia locations, and our annual HD broadcast of an Opening Night performance to a giant outdoor audience at Independence National Historical Park. Next season, we’re planning to launch a new series that will offer a fully staged opera in an unexpected venue, diversifying operatic experiences for Philadelphia audiences.
Finally, what does “Opera in the Lab” mean? In August 2011, The Philadelphia Inquirer said, “In roughly five years, the company has morphed from a conservative, standard-repertoire-based organization to a haven for new opera with a speed that astounds even those who made it happen.” We’re leading the field in the development of new opera. Our American Repertoire Program, a commitment to produce a new American work over ten seasons, currently has five new operas in development. We have the world’s most comprehensive Composer In Residence program, with talented composers Lembit Beecher and Missy Mazzoli each with us for three years of intensive, hands-on work to develop an understanding of the many facets of developing and producing opera.
There’s little doubt, the name Opera Philadelphia represents a thriving present and a bold future for opera in our city. We invite you to come out and shape that future with us.