Opera Philadelphia

Ospite Circle: A New National Council

Traveling to Philadelphia for Festival O? Join a national community of fellow opera lovers.

Since its launch in 2017, Opera Philadelphia’s Festival O has garnered national and international acclaim. Our historic city presents a welcoming environment for opera enthusiasts from across the country and around the globe. With its groundbreaking creative work and nurturing of community among opera lovers, Festival O is directly contributing to the future of opera.

To support the Festival O audience as it continues to grow—and return—Opera Philadelphia has created a new national council, the Ospite Circle, to welcome our out-of-town guests to connect through shared experiences and curated events during Festival O.

Pronounced "AW-spi-tay," this Italian word conveys two special meanings—both 'host' and 'guest'—and serves as an invitation to those who share our bold vision for the future of our art form.

As you make plans to travel to Philadelphia for Festival O19 this September, we hope you will mark your calendar for these special events, which will take place during our inaugural Ospite Circle Weekend as we open Festival O.

Inaugural Ospite Circle Weekend

Special events for out-of-town guests during opening weekend (Sept. 20–22, 2019) of Festival O19

Saturday 9/21

Docent-Led Tour  |  The Barnes Foundation

Experience the world-renowned Impressionist art collection with a tour led by Barnes Foundation guides.

Sunday 9/22

Backstage Tour | Academy of Music

Join us for an exclusive tour of the oldest opera house in the United States still hosting performances.


Ospite Circle Reception

Enjoy an exclusive reception in a private home located in Rittenhouse Square, joined by Opera Philadelphia leadership and Festival O19 leadership supporters.

Space is limited and these events are by invitation only.

Opera Philadelphia would be happy to help you customize your weekend plans. For assistance, please contact Catherine Perez, VIP Services Coordinator, at 215.893.5944 or perez@operaphila.org.


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