Opera Philadelphia

An important update on the 2020–2021 Season

Updated 8 a.m. Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Guided by the current global health pandemic and recommendations from city and state health experts, Opera Philadelphia has made the difficult but necessary decision to cancel Festival O20 and postpone many of the operas and events planned for our theaters.

Verdi’s Macbeth starring Sondra Radvanovsky has been postponed to fall 2023, the world premiere of Woman with Eyes Closed by Jennifer Higdon and Jerre Dye has been postponed to fall 2021; and concert performances of Oedipus Rex are postponed to winter 2022.

Opera Philadelphia will continue to monitor developments related to the pandemic and follow city and state guidelines. We plan to return to the Academy of Music in spring 2021 with performances of Puccini’s Tosca starring Ana María Martínez.

And we are thrilled to announce the launch of the Opera Philadelphia Channel, a streaming platform that will bring Opera Philadelphia into opera lovers’ homes via their television screens and mobile devices.

A new digital lineup, all filmed for the screen, will feature performances by Lawrence Brownlee, including a new presentation of Cycles of My Being; the broadcast premiere of 2015’s La traviata starring Lisette Oropesa in her role debut as Violetta; a new production of former Composer in Residence David T. Little’s Soldier Songs; a series of digital commissions from four visionary composers; and Henze’s El Cimarrón performed by Sir Willard White in his company debut.

Subscriptions are now on sale for the introductory price of $99 for the season, which will be available for viewing on computers and mobile devices, and on TV screens via Chromecast and the Opera Philadelphia Channel app on Apple TV, Android TV, Roku, and Amazon Fire TV beginning this fall. Learn more (link to landing page)

Subscribers and ticketholders for any of the postponed theatrical productions have been contacted by Guest Services to discuss options, including applying the value of their tickets to an Opera Philadelphia Channel subscription or a future production, donating all or a portion of the value to support the company, and refunds.

Annual subscriptions for the Opera Philadelphia Channel are now on sale at operaphila.org or by calling Guest Services at 215.732.8400. Individual pay-per-view purchase options will go on sale in September.


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Additional Resources 

Support Arts Organizations during COVID-19 

As a non-profit organization, we sincerely thank you for your continued support as we all work together during this rapidly evolving pandemic. 

Consider donating your unused tickets back to the organization. You will receive a tax receipt for your generous contribution. 

If you have the resources, consider making a financial donation to arts and cultural organizations impacted by shutdowns. 


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