Opera Philadelphia

From the Opera Lab

Opera Philadelphia is leading the field in the development of new opera. Our American Repertoire Program, a commitment to produce a new American work over ten seasons, currently has seven new operas in development by composers such as Jennifer Higdon, Kevin Puts, and Missy Mazzoli. We have the world’s most comprehensive Composer in Residence program, made possible by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with three talented composers each with us for several years of intensive, hands-on work to develop an understanding of the many facets of developing and producing opera.

Opera Philadelphia has become the most skillful calibrator of populist appetites and the need of the art form to progress. The Philadelphia Inquirer

New Works American Repertoire Program

Opera Philadelphia launched the American Repertoire Program in 2011, committing to produce an American work in ten consecutive seasons and solidifying its role as a national leader in the creation of new works. The Program is aimed at fostering a new generation of opera composers and telling authentically American stories. 

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The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Composer in Residence

Opera Philadelphia, in collaboration with Gotham Chamber Opera and Music-Theatre Group in New York, is proud to offer the nation’s first comprehensive, operatic Composer in Residence program.

Meet the composers taking this timeless art form and infusing it with the artistic, technological, creative, and collaborative sensibilities most relevant to our time.

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2014 - 2015 Inaugural Class Emerging Artists Program

This season, in celebration of the 40th Anniversary and the company’s ongoing commitment to emerging talent, Opera Philadelphia is strengthening its mission of cultivating future stars through the formation of an Emerging Artists Program.

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Everyone has a gift. You just have to be around the right type of people who will motivate you to show that gift off to the world. I believe Hip H'opera is that program... Naiomy, Grade 12

Opera Philadelphia & Arts Sanctuary Hip H'opera

Hip H'opera is a collaborative project that combines classical music style with hip-hop sounds to create a compelling new operatic experience.  The Program exposes students to a variety of artistic disciplines and creates unique opportunities for interactive learning.

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