Experience Opera Philadelphia's 2020–2021 season, reimagined for the screen.
Cycles of My Being
Lawrence Brownlee leads the broadcast premiere of Cycles of My Being, a song cycle that centers on what it means to be a Black man living in America today. Composed by multi-instrumentalist Tyshawn Sorey, Opera Philadelphia’s current Composer in Residence, with lyrics by the award-winning poet Terrance Hayes.
LOVE in the Park
Enjoy the talents of the Opera Philadelphia Chorus in this five-episode series, in which 16 singers under the direction of Chorus Master Elizabeth Braden and accompanied by pianist Grant Loehnig perform beloved opera arias and choruses alongside musical theater selections.
Having commissioned or co-commissioned more than 15 new works since 2011, Opera Philadelphia is recognized as “one of North America’s premiere generators of valid new operas” (Opera News). In the 2020-2021 season, the company will commission and premiere four new digital works from some of today’s most dynamic composers.
Bass-baritone Sir Willard White makes his highly anticipated Opera Philadelphia debut in as Esteban Montejo in Hans Werner Henze’s 75-minute drama El Cimarrón. Montejo escaped bondage on a sugar plantation, survived in the jungle, fought for Cuban independence from Spain, and lived to describe it all before dying at the age of 113.