Opera Philadelphia

Ospite Circle: A New National Council

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 destination for opera enthusiasts from across the country and around the globe.  We look forward to the time when we can safely gather for live performances, and hope until then you will join us for our adapted 2020-2021 Season and the digital performances in store on the Opera Philadelphia Channel.

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

Although circumstances prevent us from welcoming you in person, plans are underway for virtual Ospite Circle events, and we hope you will include these in your plans.

To learn more about benefits and to join, please click here.


Highlights from O19 Ospite Circle Events

September 2019

Ospite Circle Receptions

Ospite Circle guests were invited to two exclusive receptions hosted in private homes located in Center City, and joined by Opera Philadelphia and Festival O19 leadership supporters.


Backstage Tours | Academy of Music

Ospite Circle guests were joined by Opera Philadelphia’s Partner Level supporters for an exclusive tour of the oldest opera house in the United States still hosting performances.


Complimentary Champagne Intermission Receptions | Academy of Music

Ospite Circle guests attending a performance of The Love for Three Oranges were included in an exclusive reception during intermission in the Academy of Music Ballroom.


Docent-Led Tour | The Barnes Foundation

Ospite Circle guests were treated to a docent-led tour of The Barnes Foundation, the world-renowned Impressionist art collection that is part of Philadelphia’s rich cultural landscape.

For more information about the Ospite Circle, please contact Eva Toia, Director of Major Gifts, at 215.893.5906 or [email protected].

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