Opera Philadelphia

Sounds of Learning™ Signature Program 2016–2017 Registration

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

Mazzoli's Breaking the Waves

Tuesday, September 20, 2016
7:00 p.m. - 9:35 p.m.
Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

SPECIAL COLLEGE PRESENTATION
Due to mature themes and adult content, the opera is only open to colleges and universities with students aged 18 years and older.

This World Premiere chamber opera by composer Missy Mazzoli and librettist Royce Vavrek is based on the 1996 Academy Award-nominated film by Lars von Trier. Set in the Scottish Highlands in the early 1970s, Breaking the Waves tells the story of Bess McNeill, a religious young woman with a deep love for her husband Jan, a handsome oil rig worker. When Jan becomes paralyzed in an off-shore accident, Bess’s marital vows are put to the test as he encourages her to seek other lovers and return to his bedside to tell him of her sexual activities. He insists that the stories will feel like they are making love together and keep him alive. Bess’s increasing selflessness leads to a finale of divine grace, but at great cost.

Performed in English with English supertitles.

Puccini's Turandot

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Academy of Music

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

In ancient China, the beautiful Princess Turandot reigns with an iron fist and an ice-cold heart. To her wooers, she has issued a decree: he who can answer her riddles will win her hand—all others will face beheading. When a mysterious man passes her test, will she finally open her heart to love? Puccini’s final work is one of his grandest, featuring forbidden romance and gorgeous melodies, including the rousing anthem “Nessun dorma.” This kaleidoscopic co-production, called “miraculous” by Opera News, features stunning sets, costumes, and choreography.

Performed in Italian with English supertitles.

Rossini's Tancredi

Wednesday, February 8, 2017
2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Academy of Music

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

This medieval story of chivalry and tragic love is transported to the elegant atmosphere of post-World War I Europe in our production of Tancredi. The beautiful music of a young Rossini provides the soundtrack for the love between the exiled solider Tancredi and the beautiful Amenaide, daughter of the powerful Argirio. When Amenaide is sentenced to death for a treason she did not commit, a disguised Tancredi fights to defend both his love and home. Don't miss one of Rossini's most lyrical works in the hands of Music Director Corrado Rovaris, who leads “with supple moments of personal expressiveness” (The Philadelphia Inquirer).

Performed in Italian with English supertitles.

Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro

WAITLIST ONLY

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Academy of Music

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

Regarded as one of the greatest operas ever written, Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro) is a screwball comedy complete with disguises, surprises, and compromises. Figaro, the wily barber and part-time matchmaker, has finally fallen in love. But, like everything else in his life, it's complicated. On the eve of Figaro’s marriage to Susanna, his master, Count Almaviva, sets his wandering eye on the lovely bride-to-be. Servant and master go head to head, and even the Countess Rosina gets in on the action when she learns of her husband’s desires. But is she embroiled in a dangerous liaison of her own? From the opening notes to the final curtain, Mozart’s score delivers a tangled love story with great farce and satire. 

Performed in Italian with English supertitles.

REMINDER: Sounds of Learning™ Signature Program is open to students in grade 5 and older. Please note: All dates and times subject to change.  Registration does not imply acceptance into the program.  

Registration for the 2016-2017 season is currently open to all teachers. Please register using the form below. If you have any questions, please contact education@operaphila.org.

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