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. In tandem with the launch of the nation’s first collaborative Composer in Residence Program, the American Repertoire Program is aimed at fostering a new generation of opera composers and telling authentically American stories. It is steered by the American Repertoire Council, a committed group of volunteer advisors overseen by operatic baritone, Nathan Gunn.
Breaking the Waves
East Coast Premiere*
A co-production with Santa Fe Opera, where it premiered in 2015 before making its East Coast Premiere at the Academy of Music.
Starring Nathan Gunn, Isabel Leonard, and Jay Hunter Morris.
Charlie Parker's YARDBIRD
By composer Daniel Schnyder with a libretto by Bridgette Wimberly. Part of the Aurora Series for Chamber Opera at the Perelman Theater.
Lawrence Brownlee stars as Charlie Parker, with Angela Brown as his mother, Addie Parker.
East Coast Premiere*
Composed by Theodore Morrison, Professor of Music Emeritus at the University of Michigan, with a libretto by the composer and John Cox.
Co-produced with Santa Fe Opera. Starring David Daniels as Oscar Wilde, Heidi Stober, and William Burden
A Coffin In Egypt
East Coast Premiere
By Ricky Ian Gordon with a libretto by Leonard Foglia.
Co-commissioned and co-produced with Houston Grand Opera and The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. Starring Frederica von Stade.
The November 2011 New York premiere was hailed by the Associated Press, which called it, "An intriguing new opera... Muhly and Karam seem to have succeeded where many new operas fail."
Subsequent works may be performed at either the Academy of Music or as part of the Aurora Series for Chamber Opera at the Perelman Theater. Opera Philadelphia will continue to research composers and librettists that fit with its repertoire, commissioning, and casting goals.
* Indicates the composer's opera debut.