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
“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
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.
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.
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.