A multi-day celebration that pushes the genre forward, Festival O22 features new works, opera films, and more, including Rossini's Otello, Hosokawa's The Raven, and Little's Black Lodge.
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Opera Philadelphia's Festival O
“A hotbed of operatic innovation” The New York Times
Otello A Rarely Performed Tour De Force
Rossini's version of Shakespeare's tragedy comes to Opera Philadelphia for the first time in an elegant production starring Khanyiso Gwenxane in his U.S. debut and star tenor Lawrence Brownlee.
The Raven An evening of immersive theater
Edgar Allan Poe’s haunting poems inspire an evening of immersive theater on the stage of the Merriam, the centerpiece of which is Toshio Hosokawa's The Raven. The classic elegy on grief transforms into a chilling monodrama for mezzo-soprano and 12-piece chamber orchestra, inspired by the supernatural elements of Noh theater.
Black Lodge Film Screening with Live Performance
“Be very careful what you need to know.” So warns the unnamed protagonist of David T. Little’s new cinematic opera, Black Lodge. This bold, surrealist work blends opera and rock into an alchemical exploration of magic, mystery, regret, and redemption, featuring Timur & the Dime Museum.
Afternoons at AVA Recitals with current and future opera stars
Internationally renowned Academy of Vocal Arts alums Latonia Moore and André Courville return to their training ground for a recital series with current Resident Artists.
Opera on Film Operatic Innovation on the Big Screen
Celebrate the art form's foray into cinematic opera with a series of feature-length and short-form screenings, including classic opera films, recent cinematic works created for the Opera Philadelphia Channel, panel discussions, and more.
Late Night Snacks The Bearded Ladies Cabaret
A mixed-plate performance that’s 50% cabaret destination, 50% neighborhood jawn, and 100% good to the last bite.
Festival Book The performance program for O22
Dive into the O22 Festival Book for a complete guide to the Festival, with artist bios, program essays, and more!
Braille guides will be available upon request by asking venue ushers and front of house staff.