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Festival O18

September 20–30, 2018

A civic experiment, comprised of 11 days of opera and citywide events, transforms Philadelphia into an urban stage where diverse audiences gather to share an experience and amplify human connectedness.

Festival O18 Calendar

September
Included in Festival Pass Included in Festival Pass
Thursday, Sep. 20 +
Friday, Sep. 21 +
Curtis Institute of Music Fridays at Field
Saturday, Sep. 22 +
Perelman Theater Sky on Swings Included in Festival Pass
The Barnes Foundation Glass Handel* Included in Festival Pass
Sunday, Sep. 23 +
Academy of Music Lucia di Lammermoor Included in Festival Pass
Theatre of Living Arts Ne Quittez Pas Included in Festival Pass
The Barnes Foundation Glass Handel* Included in Festival Pass
Monday, Sep. 24 +
Theatre of Living Arts Queens of the Night
Tuesday, Sep. 25 +
Perelman Theater Sky on Swings Included in Festival Pass
Theatre of Living Arts Queens of the Night
Wednesday, Sep. 26 +
Academy of Music Lucia di Lammermoor Included in Festival Pass
Thursday, Sep. 27 +
Perelman Theater Sky on Swings Included in Festival Pass
Theatre of Living Arts Ne Quittez Pas Included in Festival Pass
Friday, Sep. 28 +
Curtis Institute of Music Fridays at Field
Saturday, Sep. 29 +
Perelman Theater Sky on Swings Included in Festival Pass
Independence National Historical Park Opera on the Mall: We Shall Not Be Moved
Theatre of Living Arts Ne Quittez Pas Included in Festival Pass
Sunday, Sep. 30 +
Academy of Music Lucia di Lammermoor Included in Festival Pass
Theatre of Living Arts Ne Quittez Pas Included in Festival Pass
The Barnes Foundation Glass Handel* Included in Festival Pass
Included in Festival Pass = Included in Festival Pass

One of the most enjoyable additions to the fall calendar in years The Washington Post

A dramatic reboot The Wall Street Journal

An innovative and daring way to open an opera season The Toronto Star

Performances

O18 features world premieres, classic works in the grand operatic tradition, and performances staged throughout some of Philadelphia’s most extraordinary venues.

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Venues

Once again, Opera Philadelphia will bring opera to both traditional and nontraditional stages across the city. From the Barnes Foundation to the Theatre of Living Arts, experience opera in a new environment.

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Tickets & Packages

Get tickets to O18: Festival Passes (extremely limited availability—call for more info), an Opening Weekend Pass, and À la carte packages are now on sale.

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Opening Night Parties

Opera Philadelphia cordially invites you to kick-off the opening of O18 with not one, but three unique parties to add onto your performance tickets and enhance your festival experience. Celebrate three different opening nights with the cast and creative teams and keep the party going long after the curtain has come down.

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Plan Your Visit

The performance is only part of your experience! Plan your visit to the Opera along with our select dining and hotel partners, and enjoy all Philadelphia has to offer.  

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Support O18

When you support Opera Philadelphia, you are preserving a beautiful art form for generations to come. 

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O18 Festival Program

Dive into Opera Philadelphia's Festival O18 with the exclusive festival program, featuring cast lists, behind the scenes content, notes from the creative teams, and more.

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My OperaPhila App

Create an unforgettable opera experience with the official app for Opera Philadelphia's 2018-2019 season, including Festival O18. 

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OPA Opera Philadelphia Ale

OPA – a golden IPA from Flying Fish Brewing – is back for Festival O18.

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Shop

Take Opera Philadelphia home with you. All merchandise products ship for free!

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Relive O17

Enjoy our digital festival program, post-show playlists, and more.

 

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Major support for O18 has been provided by the William Penn Foundation.

Festival O is presented in partnership with the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. 

Principal support for O18 has been provided by The Wallace Foundation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Dr. David G. Knott and Françoise Girard, Per J. Skarstedt, Mr. Robert L. Turner, Mr. Kevin Dolan, and Anonymous.

O18 has received additional support from Susan Baker and Michael Lynch, Peter A. Benoliel and Willo Carey, Elizabeth A. R. and Ralph S. Brown, Jean-Pierre and Olivia Chessé, the Director's Grant Program of The Barra Foundation, Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation, Robert and Monica Driver, Allen R. and Judy Brick Freedman Venture Fund for New Opera, Stephanie French, Mr. and Mrs. Robert R. Glauber, Linda and David Glickstein, Ms. Mariko Ikehara and Mr. Jeffrey Cunard, Mrs. Sheila Kessler, Ms. Dominique Laffont, Dr. Beverly Lange and Dr. Renato Baserga, William and Helen Little, Jacqueline Badger Mars, Andrew J. Martin-Weber, the Mazzotti/Kelly Fund-BBH of the Philadelphia Foundation, Daniel K. Meyer, M.D., an OPERA America Innovation Grant supported by the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, PECO, Steven and Michèle Pesner, PNC Arts Alive, Katie Adams Schaeffer and Tony Schaeffer, and Laura A. Williamson.

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