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Glass Handel

World Premiere Production
Music of George Frideric Handel & Philip Glass
Atmospheric Interlude by Rene Orth
Performed in English and Italian

Part of  O18

Anthony Roth Costanzo brings a "unique mix of musical and theatrical strengths."—The New Yorker

Superstar countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo and the New York-based luxury art and fashion multimedia company Visionaire create an hour-long operatic art installation with the music of George Frideric Handel and Philip Glass.

Luminaries from the worlds of art, fashion, dance, and film collaborate with Costanzo to create a new way to experience live music, offering each audience member a unique immersion. Features live painting by George Condo, choreography by Tony Award-winner Justin Peck with dancers David HallbergPatricia Delgado, and Ricky Ubeda.

Featuring videos by James Ivory and Pix Talarico, Mark Romanek, Tilda Swinton and Sandro Kopp, Tianzhou Chen, Daniel Askill, Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari, Rupert Sanders, AES+F, and Mickalene Thomas.

Read Anthony Roth Costanzo's program note about the making of Glass Handel.


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MapThe Barnes Foundation

Dates are Sept. 2018.

Sat, Sep 22 9:00 p.m.
Sun, Sep 23 9:00 p.m.
Sun, Sep 30 9:00 p.m.

Gallery Hour: Explore select galleries of the Barnes Foundation, open exclusively for Glass Handel ticket holders starting at 8:00 p.m.

The performance running time is approximately 66 minutes with no intermission.

Produced by Anthony Roth Costanzo, Visionaire, and Cath Brittan.

Co-produced by Opera Philadelphia and National Sawdust.

Co-presented by The Barnes Foundation and the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine.

Major support for Glass Handel has been provided by the William Penn Foundation.

Principal production support is provided by Dr. David G. Knott and Ms. Françoise Girard, Per J. Skarstedt, Mr. Robert L. Turner, Mr. Kevin Dolan, and Anonymous.

Additional support provided by The Allen R. and Judy Brick Freedman Venture Fund for New Opera, William and Helen Little, Susan Baker and Michael Lynch, Jean-Pierre and Olivia Chessé, Ms. Dominique Laffont, Steven and Michèle Pesner, Andrew J. Martin-Weber, Ms. Mariko Ikehara and Mr. Jeffrey Cunard, Elizabeth A. R. and Ralph S. Brown, Stephanie French, and Mr. and Mrs. Robert R. Glauber.

Cast & Creative Team

Anthony Roth Costanzo
Anthony Roth CostanzoArtist and Producer
Corrado Rovaris
Corrado RovarisConductor
George Condo
George Condo *Painter
David Hallberg
David Hallberg *Dancer
Patricia Delgado
Patricia Delgado *Dancer
Ricky Ubeda
Ricky Ubeda *Dancer
  • Raf Simons for Calvin Klein * Costume Design
  • Justin Peck * Choreographer
  • Brandon Stirling Baker * Lighting Design
  • Ryan McNamara * Production Format
  • Adam Larsen Video Consultant
  • Betsy Ayer * Stage Manager
  • Miguel A. Castillo * Rehearsal Director
  • *Opera Philadelphia debut
George Frideric Handel and Philip Glass

The Composer

George Frideric Handel and Philip Glass

George Frideric Handel composed operas, oratorios and instrumentals. His 1741 work, "Messiah," is among the most famous oratorios in history. Learn more about Handel.

Through his operas, his symphonies, his compositions for his own ensemble, and his wide-ranging collaborations with artists ranging from Twyla Tharp to Allen Ginsberg, Woody Allen to David Bowie, Philip Glass has had an extraordinary and unprecedented impact upon the musical and intellectual life of his times. Learn more about Glass.

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