Opera Philadelphia

Published28 May 2024

Opera Philadelphia previews its upcoming 50th season during free June 20 concert at Dilworth Park

On Thursday, June 20, Opera Philadelphia returns to Dilworth Park for a free concert as part of Center City District’s “Arts on Center Stage” series. The talented singers of the Opera Philadelphia Chorus will give a free, live concert in the heart of Center City, just outside City Hall, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

The free concert offers a taste of the music to be performed in Opera Philadelphia’s upcoming 50th season, including an aria and duet from Mozart’s Don Giovanni, and a chorus from Joseph Bologne’s The Anonymous Lover.
The program will also include a song from Philadelphia-born composer Missy Mazzoli’s first opera Songs from the Uproar, as a preview for her new opera, The Listeners, which makes its American Premiere in September at the Academy of Music.

Opera audience
Audiences enjoy an Opera Philadelphia performance in Dilworth Park Credit: Dominic M. Mercier

Single tickets for all three operas go on sale on Tuesday, June 25, however opera fans can snag some of the best seats early during a pre-sale held in Dilworth Park during the June 20 concert.

The June 20 concert will also feature a mix of solos and choral music from opera (Romeo & Juliet, The Tales of Hoffman, and The Barber of Seville) and musical theater (Candide, She Loves Me, and Lost in the Stars), and a reprise of two pieces from Opera Philadelphia’s March concert To Sit and Dream.

Singers Tanisha Anderson, Sophia Santiago, Lauren Cook, Matthew Coules, Steven Humes, Brenton Mattox-Scott, Michael Miller, and Julie Snyder will join Chorus Master Elizabeth Braden and pianist Grant Loehnig for the performance. 

“Opera Philadelphia is thrilled to return to Dilworth Park for our fifth consecutive year of free concert performances,” said Elizabeth Braden. “We’ve always been greeted with enthusiastic crowds who come out to support Opera Philadelphia, hear some beautiful music, and learn about upcoming seasons in this beautiful setting at Philadelphia City Hall.”

hiladelphia’s robust network of arts and culture organizations are celebrated every week as part of Arts on Center Stage. The performances range from orchestral serenades and ballet ensembles to jazz instrumentals and more. Attendance is free for all, but seating on the Greenfield Lawn is limited. Bring-your-own blanket or chair is encouraged. 

All programs are weather permitting and subject to change. Dilworth Park is located at 1 S. 15th Street, on the west side of City Hall. Visit
 ccdparks.org to learn more. 


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 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.org and on Facebook and Twitter.

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