From the Opera Lab
Opera Philadelphia is leading the field in the development of new opera, and our new works practice is anchored by a commitment to fostering a new generation of opera creators and telling authentic stories. Whether through the commissioning of original works, lifting the voices of young artists, or forging artistic partnerships that push the genre forward, Opera Philadelphia is authoring the future of opera, today.
“Opera Philadelphia has established itself as a model for innovation in the classical-music industry.” Opera News
The Future of Opera New Works
With the launch of the American Repertoire Program in 2011, Opera Philadelphia solidified its role as a national leader in the creation of new works. In the time since, Opera Philadelphia has commissioned or co-commissioned eight new operas as well as new productions of renowned works.
“North America’s major generator of contemporary works.” Opera Magazine
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Composer in Residence
Opera Philadelphia, in collaboration with Music-Theatre Group in New York, launched the nation’s first comprehensive, operatic Composer in Residence program in 2011. In 2017, Rene Orth became the sixth composer to join the program.
“One of the more adventurous companies in America's opera landscape.” San Francisco Classical Voice
Emerging Artists Program
In celebration of the company's ongoing commitment to emerging talent, Opera Philadelphia is strengthening its mission of cultivating future stars through the Emerging Artists Program.