Hosted by OCP's Director of Community Programs Michael Bolton and mezzo-soprano Maren Montalbano, each edition features musical excerpts, plot synopses and background information on the operas, cast and production information, interviews with artists and producers, Academy of Music historical moments and more!

Manon Lescaut

The "material girl" at the heart of Abbé Prévost's novella, Manon Lescaut, is one of literature's most charming yet enigmatic heroines. She has inspired no less than 4 operas, 2 ballets, films and more - including Giacomo Puccini's first major success.

Curtis Opera Theatre's Elegy for Young Lovers

For those who find themselves in the company of poet Gregor Mittenhofer, the results may be as dramatic as the deadly snowstorm that swirls around the mountain inn where they find themselves. Hans Werner Henze, considered to be one of the foremost composers of our time, brings us this powerful and acclaimed opera.

The Abduction from the Seraglio

Preview of OCP's February production of Mozart's comic gem, including a interviews with OCP Artistic Director Robert B. Driver, soprano Elizabeth Reiter, musical excerpts, plot synopsis and more. 

Carmen - Part 2

Opera’s ultimate temptress opens the season with a sizzle in this classic production that transports you to sultry Seville. The story of a beguiling gypsy who sets her sights on a naïve but passionate young corporal, Carmen traces a tale of seduction, obsession, and deadly betrayal.

Carmen - Part 1

Bizet’s masterpiece features many of opera’s most powerful melodies, from the bewitching “Habañera,” to the passionate “Seguidilla,” and the bravura of the “Toreador” song, capturing the imagination from the first notes of its renowned overture.

Dark Sisters and Silent Night Preview

Preview of two operas which are part of the Opera Company of Philadelphia's American Repertoire Program, Nico Muhly and Stephen Karam's Dark Sisters and Kevin Puts and Mark Campbell's Silent Night. We talk to Dark Sisters star Jennifer Check and Silent Night star Troy Cook about these operas and performing new works.