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Carmina Burana + Credo

Carmina Burana + Credo

Carmina Burana music by Carl Orff
Adapted from the Carmina Burana
Credo music by Margaret Bonds
Text by W.E.B. Du Bois
Concert Performances
Performed in Latin and English with English supertitles

The critically acclaimed Opera Philadelphia Chorus and Orchestra take center stage in a concert that brings together one of the most popular pieces in the choral canon with a rarely-performed masterpiece. 

From its very first moments – spine-tingling chords of vocal and percussive ferocity – Carmina Burana captures the audience's attention. It is a kaleidoscopic piece that demands to be heard live, as thundering cries on the fickleness of fortune transform into lilting celebrations of spring and raucous drinking songs.

Orff's cantata will be preceded by Margaret Bonds’ Credo, a setting of a prose poem by W.E.B. Du Bois. An affirmation of racial justice, peace, and Black pride, the piece matches Du Bois’ reverent words with Bonds’ ingenious orchestration and powerful melodic language.

Opera Philadelphia has partnered with Art-Reach and Nicole Sardella to provide Audio Description for this production on February 3. Learn more>>

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Carmina Burana + Credo video

MapThe Academy of Music

Fri, Feb 3 8:00 p.m.
Sun, Feb 5 2:00 p.m.

Approximately 90 minutes including a 5 minute pause

The Academy Series is underwritten, in part, by Judy and Peter Leone.

Major support has been provided by Ms. Lisa D. Kabnick and Mr. John H. McFadden.

Support for the Opera Philadelphia Orchestra and Chorus has been provided by Alice and Walter Strine, Esqs.


Lina González-Granados
Lina González-Granados *Conductor Underwritten by Katherine and Andrew Christiano
Brandie Sutton
Brandie Sutton *Soprano Underwritten by Dr. Beverly Lange and Dr. Renato Baserga
Alasdair Kent
Alasdair KentTenor Underwritten by Charlotte Watts
Ethan Vincent
Ethan Vincent *Baritone Underwritten by David M. Ferguson, Ph.D., and Karen A. Zurlo, Ph.D. and Philip Levin, Esq.
  • Elizabeth Braden Chorus Master
  • Jennifer Shaw Stage Manager
  • Philadelphia Girls & Boys Choirs Children's Chorus
  • *Opera Philadelphia debut
Carl Orff

The Composer

Carl Orff

Carl Orff, (born July 10, 1895, Munich, Germany—died March 29, 1982, Munich), is a German composer known particularly for his operas and dramatic works and for his innovations in music education. Read more>>

Margaret Bonds

The Composer

Margaret Bonds

Margaret Bonds (1913-1972) was a composer with a mission. The only child of Estella C. Bonds (a professional musician) and Dr. Monroe Alphus Majors (a physician, writer and political activist), she was raised in an environment that encouraged her interest in music of all sorts and instilled in her a deep commitment to her community. Read More >> 

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