Opera Philadelphia

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O17: September 14–25, 2017

What if a night at the opera lasted more than one night?

O17 draws together some of opera’s most sought-after creative and performing artists for an immersion in new American opera and innovative stagings of the classics for which Opera Philadelphia is fast becoming known. From September 14–25, 2017, Opera Philadelphia and its collaborators offer more than 25 performances at multiple venues across Philadelphia.

The Magic Flute
Academy of Music | Exclusive East Coast Appearance

The Magic Flute

The innovative production from Komische Oper Berlin presents Mozart’s The Magic Flute in a style that evokes a meeting between 1920s silent movies and David Lynch, with the singers performing amidst fanciful animated projections.

Elizabeth Cree
Perelman Theater | World Premiere

Elizabeth Cree

Composer Kevin Puts and librettist Mark Campbell, the team behind 2012’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Silent Night, return to Opera Philadelphia for the World Premiere of a chamber opera based on Peter Ackroyd’s novel, The Trial of Elizabeth Cree.

We Shall Not Be Moved
The Wilma Theater | World Premiere

We Shall Not Be Moved

Acclaimed composer Daniel Bernard Roumain and librettist Marc Bamuthi Joseph team up with legendary director Bill T. Jones to present the World Premiere of We Shall Not Be Moved, a genre-defying chamber opera combining spoken word, contemporary movement, video projection, classical, R&B and jazz singing, and a brooding, often joyful score filled with place, purpose, and possibility.

War Stories
Philadelphia Museum of Art | Philadelphia Premiere

War Stories

This site-specific double-bill features Monteverdi’s eerily relevant story of two warriors clashing in battle, Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda, staged in the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s medieval cloister. It is paired with composer Lembit Beecher and librettist Hannah Moscovitch’s response to Monteverdi’s work, I Have No Stories To Tell You, performed in the museum’s Great Stair Hall.

The Wake World
The Barnes Foundation | World Premiere

The Wake World

Opera Philadelphia Composer in Residence David Hertzberg transforms the renowned Barnes Foundation with the World Premiere of The Wake World, a site-specific, one-act opera inspired by Dr. Albert C. Barnes’s famed collection and the works of mystical 19th century British poet Aleister Crowley.

Sondra Radvanovsky
Perelman Theater | Festival Artist

Sondra Radvanovsky

Soprano Sondra Radvanovsky is a globally celebrated artist, praised by The New York Times for her “alluringly dark-hued voice, with its distinctive timbre, expressive vibrato and gleaming top notes.” She is also the inaugural Festival Artist at O17, joining Opera Philadelphia for a solo recital and a Master Class with our Emerging Artists. 

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Opera on the Mall
Independence National Historical Park

Opera on the Mall

Under the crisp autumn air, opera lovers can enjoy a beloved opera on multiple HD screens at Independence National Historical Park. 

Initial support for Opera Philadelphia's festival O has been provided by The William Penn Foundation, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The Pew Charitable Trusts, Wyncote Foundation, The Neubauer Family Foundation, The Wallace Foundation, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, The Presser Foundation, Mrs. Sandra K. Baldino, Judy and Peter Leone, Ms. Barbara Augusta Teichert, Donald and Gay Kimelman, and Caroline Kennedy. O17 has received support  from The John S. and James L. Knight  Foundation, William Penn Foundation, The Wallace Foundation,  The Presser Foundation, OPERA America's Building Audiences grant program and an OPERA America Innovation Grant, both supported by the Anne and Gordon Getty Foundation.

The Academy of Music and Perelman Theater are part of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

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