Opera Philadelphia

Published31 Aug 2021

Watch a free outdoor screening of La traviata at “Opera in the Park” on Wednesday, September 8, at 8:00 p.m. at Dilworth Park

Center City District (CCD) is teaming up with Opera Philadelphia to present a free, outdoor screening of the beloved opera La traviata on Wednesday, September 8, at 8:00 p.m. An extension of this summer’s popular Arts on Center Stage series, this one-night-only “Opera in the Park” presentation will be shown on the big screen at Dilworth Park. Admission is free for guests of all ages.

Featuring the acclaimed role debut of soprano Lisette Oropesa as Violetta, the Academy of Music production directed by Paul Curran was called “an impressive high-water mark” for Opera Philadelphia by the Philadelphia Inquirer. Oropesa has gone on to perform the role at some of the world’s largest opera houses, including what the New York Times called a “star-making” turn at New York City’s Metropolitan Opera in February 2020. The production is currently reaching an international audience while streaming on the Opera Philadelphia Channel (operaphila.tv).

With Verdi’s most timeless and lyrical score, La traviata has continued to captivate audiences for more than 150 years.  In the glamorous world of Paris—updated to the mid-20th century in this lavish production—the naive young Alfredo (tenor Alek Shrader) falls head over heels for beautiful party girl Violetta (Oropesa), despite the objections of his father Giorgio (baritone Stephen Powell). One of opera’s greatest romances takes a wrenching turn after they risk everything for a chance at enduring love. Spotlighting the talents of the Opera Philadelphia Orchestra and Chorus under the baton of Maestro Corrado Rovaris, La traviata is opera at its grandest!

The show will take place on the northern end of Dilworth Park, with Philadelphia’s historic City Hall in the background. Everyone is encouraged to pack a blanket or chair, as seating in the space is limited. In support of local restaurants, guests are encouraged to dine al fresco with takeout meals from nearby eateries. The Air Grille will also be open with a full menu, including beer, wine, and cocktails for adults 21 and older.

Dilworth Park
Audiences gather to watch movies (and opera) on the big screen at Dilworth Park Credit: Marissa Fischetti

About Opera Philadelphia and Center City District

Opera Philadelphia,
 the only American finalist for both the 2016 International Opera Award for Best Opera Company and the 2020 International Opera Award for Best Festival, is “the very model of a modern opera company” (Washington Post). Committed to developing opera for the 21st century, the company is recognized as “a hotbed of operatic innovation” (New York Times). For more information, visit operaphila.org. The Opera Philadelphia Channel creates a digital space in which artists can perform and explore, through a series of new commissions by visionary composers and dynamic performances produced for the screen. Season subscriptions priced at $99 are offered along with pay-per-view rental options for individual performances. The channel is available for viewing on computers and mobile devices, and on TV screens via Chromecast and the Opera Philadelphia Channel app on AppleTV, Android TV, Roku, and Amazon FireTV. For more information, visit operaphila.tv.

The Center City District, a private-sector organization dedicated to making Center City Philadelphia clean, safe, and attractive, is committed to maintaining Center City’s competitive edge as a regional employment center, a quality place to live, and a premier regional destination for dining, shopping, and cultural attractions. Find us at www.centercityphila.organd onFacebookandTwitter.

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