Opera Philadelphia

Sounds of Learning™ Signature Program 2015–2016 Registration

The Opera will offer three productions in the Academy of Music at Broad and Locust Streets.

Verdi's La traviata

Wednesday, September 30, 2015
2:00 p.m. - 4:35 p.m.
Academy of Music

Recommended for teachers of: History, Language Arts, Literature, Music, Humanities, Italian, Spanish, French

In Verdi’s classic work, Parisian courtesan Violetta surrenders her last hope of personal happiness for the sake of her lover Alfredo’s reputation. Though she is a “fallen woman,” Verdi’s empathetic and vivid score maintains her dignity and the audience’s compassion. Daring production choices encourage modernity and tradition to collide via a golden-hued Baroque stage and a midcentury fashion sensibility. This bold setting creates a unique canvas upon which to experience an unforgettable La traviata. 

Performed in Italian with English supertitles.

Jennifer Higdon's Cold Mountain

Wednesday, February 3, 2016
2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Academy of Music

Recommended for teachers of: History, Language Arts, Literature, Music, Humanities

ADVISORY: for 8th grade and up only due to harsh language and sexual themes

Fatigued by the horrors of the Civil War, deserter W.P. Inman foots the arduous terrain of North Carolina toward home and the salve of his love, Ada Monroe, herself transformed by his absence. Once a Southern lady of privilege, Ada adapts to years of profound deprivation thanks to a resourceful new friend, Ruby. Inman’s odyssey home is plagued by not only the Home Guard’s marshals, but a more gruesome possibility: has the war’s violence withered his human capacity to love? And further, what truly makes a man a human? 

Performed in English with English supertitles.

Donizetti's The Elixir of Love

Wednesday, April 27, 2016
2:00 p.m. - 4:40 p.m.
Academy of Music

Recommended for teachers of: History, Language Arts, Literature, Music, Humanities

The Elixir of Love (L’elisird’amore), set in the 1940s Italian countryside in this charming production from The Santa Fe Opera, is a delight for all lovers of 19th-century Italian bel canto. Poor, oil-soaked auto-mechanic Nemorino is in love with the wealthy Adina, but she only has eyes for the striking Sergeant Belcore. Enter pinstriped Dr. Dulcamara, a quack who woos Nemorino with a promise: drink the elixir and Adina will fall in love with Nemorino within a day. But, does this strange tincture really work? 

Performed in Italian with English supertitles.

REMINDER: Sounds of Learning™ Signature Program is open to students in grades 5 though 12 only. Please note: All dates and times subject to change.  Registration does not imply acceptance into the program.  If you have any questions, please contact education@operaphila.org.

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