Events

A TASTE OF OPERA: WILDE AND WHITMAN IN SONG
Monday, January 26, 2015
7:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. | Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Free Library of Philadelphia
(2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130)
FREE but registration is required. Register here.
 
Celebrate the lives of Oscar Wilde and Walt Whitman through poetry and song. Join us for a very special A Taste of Opera, in collaboration with the Free Library of Philadelphia. Hear excerpts from Oscar alongside rare musical settings of works by Wilde and Whitman from the Free Library music collection.  Performers include members of Opera Philadelphia’s Emerging Artist Program, some of the most exciting young talents in opera today. Scheduled performers include Eric Jurenas, countertenor; Jarrett Ott*, baritone; Thomas Shivone*, bass-baritone; and Rachel Sterrenberg*, soprano.
 
BETWEEN THE NOTES: NEW this season—two sessions!
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 | 6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 | 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 or call 215.893.5934.
 
Discover more about the legendary Oscar Wilde and the opera Oscar at Between the Notes. Oscar composer Theo Morrison will discuss the opera and its creation with Dr. Margaret D. Stetz, Wilde expert and curator of the Rosenbach Museum exhibit, Everything is Going On Brilliantly: Oscar Wilde and Philadelphia. 
 
OPERA AT THE MOVIES: The Picture of Dorian Gray
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 | 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.
 
Allured by the hedonistic lifestyle of Lord Henry Wotton (George Sanders), vain Dorian Gray (Hurt Hatfield) sells his soul to remain forever young and beautiful, but his inner ugliness is betrayed by a morphing hidden portrait. Angela Lansbury won her first Golden Globe for her role as Sybil in this award-winning adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s celebrated novel.
 
IN CONVERSATION WITH DAVID DANIELS
Tuesday, February 3, 2015 
7:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. | Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
American Philosophical Society, Benjamin Franklin Hall
(427 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106)
FREE but registration is required. Register here.
 
Trailblazing artist David Daniels has defied convention to become the world's first countertenor superstar. Before his turn as Oscar Wilde on the Opera Philadelphia stage, he sits down for a conversation about his career, the creation of Oscar, coming out as one of the first openly gay opera singers, and what it was like to be married by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The conversation will include video clips of some of his most famous roles.  
 
OPERA OVERTURES
Feb. 6, 8, 11, 13, 15, 2015 | Academy of Music
 
Opera ticketholders can warm up for Oscar with a pre-curtain lecture in the Academy of Music one hour before each performance. Opera Philadelphia’s Michael Bolton provides insights into the opera’s themes, music, and production. These informal talks will enhance your appreciation of all the operas you see this season. FREE to all Oscar ticketholders for the day listed on your opera ticket.
 
BACKSTAGE PASS
Feb. 6, 8, 11, 2015 | Academy of Music
 
The performance is only part of the experience. A Backstage Pass grants you exclusive access to the Academy of Music, perfect for a unique date night or a special occasion with friends and family. Enjoy an intimate champagne reception during intermission and an exclusive backstage tour after the performance. Plus, take home a limited-edition show poster, autographed by the cast. Start your VIP experience here.

 

*Member of Opera Philadelphia's Emerging Artist Program

Production underwritten in part by the Wyncote Foundation.

East Coast Premiere | American Repertoire Program
Co-commission and co-production with The Santa Fe Opera

OSCAR
Music by Theodore Morrison
Libretto by John Cox and Theodore Morrison
Based on quotations from the writings of Oscar Wilde and his contemporaries