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.
From former Composer in Residence David T. Little, Soldier Songs, starring baritone Johnathan McCullough, is based on interviews with veterans of five wars, the piece combines elements of theater, opera, rock-infused concert music, and animation to explore the perceptions versus the realities of the Soldier, the exploration of loss and exploitation of innocence, and the difficulty of expressing the truth of war.
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.