A Groundbreaking Operatic Experience
Seven operatic happenings staged over the course of twelve days in six venues across the city. This unprecedented civic experiment transforms Philadelphia into an urban stage, where diverse audiences gather to share an experience and amplify human connectedness.
Featuring three world premieres, daring subject matter, and a superstar soprano as its inaugural Festival Artist, O17 shines a contemporary light on opera.
O17 Festival Calendar
Plan Your Visit
Visitors can combine dynamic opera productions with Philadelphia’s deliciously diverse dining scene, rich historical sites, world-class museums, lively nightlife, and elegant hotels—putting the whole city in the spotlight’s splendor.
Opera Philadelphia is proud to blanket the city with opera during O17, expanding to co-presenters like the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Barnes Foundation, and to host venues like Independence National Historical Park and the Wilma Theater.
Photos: The Magic Flute by Robert Millard / LA Opera; photos of Independence Hall and Philadelphia Museum of Art courtesy of Visit Philadelphia
Initial support for Opera Philadelphia's festival O has been provided by The William Penn Foundation, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The Pew Charitable Trusts, Wyncote Foundation, The Neubauer Family Foundation, The Wallace Foundation, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, The Presser Foundation, Mrs. Sandra K. Baldino, Judy and Peter Leone, Ms. Barbara Augusta Teichert, Donald and Gay Kimelman, and Caroline Kennedy.