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Digital Festival FAQs

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Q: Does this Digital Festival mean you won’t be doing a live festival next season? 

A: The Digital Festival is a special addition to our calendar this year. We intend to return to the stage in September with Festival O20, however we’ll make that decision in close consultation with our artists and audience, with everyone’s safety as our top priority.


Q: How can I watch the Digital Festival?

A: Each opera will be streamed at its designated broadcast time at youtube.com/operaphila. The operas will "premiere" on YouTube, which means viewers watch together in real time. After the initial broadcast ends, the video will remain on the channel and be available on demand.

You can also view the video through the header on each production page. The Digital Festival O logo doesn't just look like a play button – it works like a play button! Click the logo on each production page and you can view the YouTube stream on the same page as all of the information about the opera.


Q: Can I watch the operas after the premiere, or just that night?

A: Operas are available on-demand following their premiere for a limited time. Sky on SwingsThe Barber of Seville, and We Shall Not Be Moved are currently available to stream!


Q:  Is there a fee?

A: No! All streams are free.

If you enjoy the streams, please consider making a gift to support Opera Philadelphia. All new and increased gifts will be matched by The Disosway Foundation, Inc. and a group of Opera Philadelphia board members.


Q: Are there subtitles?

A: Yes, we have added subtitles to the broadcasts. Click on the "CC" button on the video. Here's a tutorial


Q: Are there pre-show talks?

A: Yes! We created a special pre-show Digital Festival series called The Show Before The Show, which will feature discussions with artists over Zoom. The shows are pre-recorded, and we welcome you to submit questions for the artists.

Artist talks will go live on the Digital Festival O playlist on YouTube one hour before each broadcast.


Q: Can I watch the operas on my TV?

A: Yes, most cable providers and services like Roku and Fire TV can access YouTube for a big-screen festival experience. Here's a tutorial on using your voice remote to watch the operas.


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