Events


Enhance your experience of The Barber of Seville with the events below (listed in chronological order).

 
A TASTE OF OPERA
September 7, 2014 | 3:40 p.m.-4:20 p.m
The Barnes Foundation of Philadelphia (2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130)
FREE as part of PECO Free First Sundays.*
 
In preparation for The Barber of Seville, join us for an exciting Taste of Opera. Tenor Alasdair Kent, baritone Jarrett Ott, and mezzo-soprano Chrystal E. Williams will perform selections from Rossini's classic comedy, accompanied by Opera Philadelphia principal pianist Grant Loehnig. As part of the theme for the day, Technology and Education, Opera Philadelphia’s Vice President of Community Programs, Michael Bolton, will also discuss how the company uses technology for outreach purposes, like Opera on the Mall and the expanding education program, Sounds of Learning™. Learn more.
 
*Opera Philadelphia patrons will be allowed free access to A Taste of Opera. Seating is limited and not guaranteed. For patrons wishing to enter the galleries, the Barnes offers free admission through the PECO First Sundays program. Free tickets for the galleries can be obtained on-site at the Barnes Foundation beginning at 9:00 a.m. Advance reservations are not available for Free First Sundays. This offer is limited to tickets for two adults and two children per transaction. Gallery tickets are limited and available on a first come-first served basis.
 
OPERA AT THE MOVIES: Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
September 16, 2014 | 7:00 p.m.
Bryn Mawr Film Institute (824 W. Lancaster Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010)
Tickets are $12 with discounts for seniors, students, and BMFI members. Available here.
 
This frenetic black comedy twists and turns around a cast of fiery, if not unstable, women who are all tangentially bound together through their dysfunctional liaisons with men. This breakout success shot writer/director Pedro Almodóvar into the international spotlight, and was nominated for several awards, including the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. Shown in conjunction with Opera Philadelphia’s new production of The Barber of Seville, which was inspired by Almodóvar’s film, a selection from the opera will be performed prior to the screening.
 
BETWEEN THE NOTES: NEW this season—two sessions!
September 16, 2014 | 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
September 17, 2014 | 12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Merck Education Center Multipurpose Room (300 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA)
Available to Friends at the Contributor level ($100) and above. Reservations required. Email development@operaphila.org.
 
Join us for a behind-the-scenes discussion on our production of The Barber of Seville and the creative process behind bringing an opera to life. Senior Vice President of Artistic Operations David Levy, Costume Director Millie Hiibel, and Artistic Administrator Michael Eberhard will answer questions such as: How does the company decide on a production team and approve a concept? How does it go from a design concept to a fully-realized production with sets and costumes? How are singers chosen for their roles - from the perfect Figaro to supporting roles like Berta or Fiorello - to form a cast that will fulfill the director’s vision? And more!
 
The presentation and speakers for both sessions of Between the Notes will be the same. Choose the date which best suits your schedule. 
 
OPERA OVERTURES
Sept. 26, 28, Oct. 1, 3, 5*, 2014 | One hour before each performance
Academy of Music
FREE to all The Barber of Seville ticketholders for the day listed on your opera ticket.
 
Opera ticketholders can warm up for The Barber of Seville with a pre-curtain talk from Michael Bolton, Opera Philadelphia's Vice President of Community Programs. These free, informal talks will enhance your appreciation of all the operas you see this season. 
 
*Opera Overtures on Sunday, October 5 will be led by recent Opera Philadelphia Composer in Residence, Lembit Beecher

New Production
Co-production with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis