Opera Philadelphia

2020–2021

Experience Opera Philadelphia's 2020–2021 season, reimagined for the screen.

Lawrence Brownlee & Friends in Philadelphia
October 2020

Lawrence Brownlee & Friends in Philadelphia

Opera Philadelphia Artistic Advisor and superstar tenor Lawrence Brownlee and guest artists will perform an exciting mix of arias, songs, and spirituals.

La traviata
October 2020

La traviata

The broadcast premiere of 2015's La traviata, starring soprano Lisette Oropesa in her role debut at Violetta, in director Paul Curran's production that was praised by Opera News.

Cycles of My Being
November 2020

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.

Soldier Songs
December 2020

Soldier Songs

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. 

Digital Commissions
December 2020 – April 2021

Digital Commissions

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.

El Cimarrón
March 2021

El Cimarrón

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.

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