With the world premiere of a new commission, a major new production of one of opera’s great classics, and a host of A-list artists making their company and role debuts, the company’s new season underscores its status not only as “one of North America’s premiere generators of valid new operas” (Opera News) but also as “one of American opera’s success stories” (New York Times).
“Opera Philadelphia’s boldly curated September festival, held at various venues in the city, is designed to make a splash while other companies are still rubbing the summer from their eyes.” The New Yorker
“One of the most anticipated events in the world of opera.” Hyperallergic
“Philadelphia is reaffirming that classical music has a legit place in 21st century American art, and anyone who cares about opera ought to pay attention.” The Denver Post
“Opera Philadelphia continues to raise the bar, at the bar, at the museum, at the world heritage site, and envision a future for opera that is less static cinematic journey and more hyper-kinetic musical carnival for all the senses.” Limelight
“The company's innovative approach is fueling an exciting opera renaissance and redefining the genre for the 21st century.” WRTI
“Making opera a distinctly 21st century thing.” The Philadelphia Inquirer
Festival Line Up Discover O20
A world premiere, a new take on a classic, star turns, and role debuts. Discover the operas of Festival O.
Festival O20 Celebration Featuring Lawrence Brownlee and Michael Spyres
Join us to kick off another spectacular season alongside the talented artists of Festival O20 at The Barnes Foundation with a stunning evening featuring a cocktail reception, seated dinner, and a special recital from renowned tenors Lawrence Brownlee and Michael Spyres.
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