Opera Philadelphia http://wrti.org en The Don Is Back! http://wrti.org/post/don-back <p></p><p>Don Juan, one of fiction's most infamous scoundrels, returns to the opera stage in Philadelphia next week.&nbsp; As WRTI's Jim Cotter reports, <a href="http://www.operaphila.org/" target="_blank"><strong>Opera Philadelphia</strong></a>'s latest production is also a showcase for singers who learned their craft in the city.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:45:55 +0000 Jim Cotter 7192 at http://wrti.org The Don Is Back! Opera Philadelphia Gives Us: "The Bird" http://wrti.org/post/opera-philadelphia-gives-us-bird <p></p><p>Whenever Charlie Parker played a solo, you knew you'd feel good by the end. Opera Philadelphia is jumping off an even higher dive - an opera about the celebrated saxophonist, titled<a href="http://www.operaphila.org/production/charlie-parkers-yardbird" target="_blank"> <em><strong>Charlie Parker's Yardbird</strong></em> </a>that the Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns reports will bring many unexpected things to the Perelman Theater at its 2015 premiere.&nbsp;</p><p>http://youtu.be/eAQg-55tZxg</p><p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 22:17:57 +0000 David Patrick Stearns 6981 at http://wrti.org Opera Philadelphia Gives Us: "The Bird" Serbian-Language Opera in a Quirky Setting: The Launch of OPERA IN THE CITY http://wrti.org/post/serbian-language-opera-quirky-setting-launch-opera-city <p></p><p>Opera Philadelphia launches its new <strong>Opera In The City</strong> series on November 2nd, presenting unusual opera productions in unconventional spaces. As WRTI’s Jim Cotter reports, the first production treats audiences both as spectators and guests at a Balkan wedding celebration.</p><p><a href="http://www.operaphila.org/production/svadba" target="_blank"><strong>Details and ticket information: <em>Svadba-Wedding</em></strong></a><br />&nbsp;</p><p></p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 15:05:24 +0000 Jim Cotter 6605 at http://wrti.org Serbian-Language Opera in a Quirky Setting: The Launch of OPERA IN THE CITY A Great Week For Classical Music In Philly! http://wrti.org/post/great-week-classical-music-philly <p></p><p>David Patrick Stearns reports on how The Philadelphia Orchestra turned the cancellation of a high-profile concert in New York City, into a triumphant civic celebration in Philadelphia. This, just days after an enthusiastic, 5,000-strong crowd gathered on Independence Mall to witness Opera Philadelphia&rsquo;s season-opening production.</p><p>http://youtu.be/S9_qGvpd9PA</p> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 15:21:25 +0000 David Patrick Stearns 6550 at http://wrti.org A Great Week For Classical Music In Philly! Opera Philadelphia Kicks Off A Three-Legged Season http://wrti.org/post/opera-philadelphia-kicks-three-legged-season <p></p><p>Philadelphia’s premiere opera company begins its new season this month with a new name and a fresh approach to presenting its work. The Opera Company of Philadelphia starts its first season as Opera Philadelphia.&nbsp; The name changed to better reflect the diversity and scope of its artistic output.&nbsp;</p><p>Now, from the traditional opera company that grew out of the 1975 merger of the Philadelphia Lyric Opera Company and the Philadelphia Grand Opera Company, comes a producer and presenter with a three-stranded approach.&nbsp; And, says General Director David Devan, maybe even three separate sets of audiences.</p><p><a href="http://www.operaphila.org/" target="_blank"><strong>Opera Philadelphia’s season opens with Giuseppe Verdi’s <em>Nabuco </em>at the Academy of Music on September 27th </strong></a><strong>and <a href="http://www.operaphila.org/operaonthemall" target="_blank">a live, big-screen simulcast open to the public on Independence Mall the next night.</a></strong></p><p></p><p> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 21:34:25 +0000 Jim Cotter 6411 at http://wrti.org Opera Philadelphia Kicks Off A Three-Legged Season Opera In Unconventional Locales http://wrti.org/post/opera-unconventional-locales <p><a href="http://www.operaphila.org/production/svadba" target="_blank"><strong>Opera Philadelphia </strong></a>seemed to be itching for a break from the opera house with its pop-up performances at the Reading Terminal Market and Macy’s Center City. As The Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns reports, the company has announce<span style="line-height: 1.5;">d formal plans to perform in even less predictable places. Tue, 06 Aug 2013 11:08:09 +0000 David Patrick Stearns 6283 at http://wrti.org Opera In Unconventional Locales Special Offer: Save 25% On Opera Philadelphia's POWDER HER FACE http://wrti.org/post/special-offer-save-25-opera-philadelphias-powder-her-face <p>Being a duchess doesn't make her a lady. Hailed as "a masterpiece of contemporary music drama" by <em>The New York Times</em>, the opera<em> <a href="http://www.operaphila.org/production/powder-her-face"><strong>Powder Her Face</strong></a></em><a href="http://www.operaphila.org/production/powder-her-face"><strong> </strong></a>has earned infamy in musical theatre history for its half-hummed, half-sung&nbsp; aria depicting the main character’s insatiable appetites.</p> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 15:27:14 +0000 WRTI Staff 6071 at http://wrti.org Special Offer: Save 25% On Opera Philadelphia's POWDER HER FACE Bring Me The Heads Of The Orchestra And The Opera! http://wrti.org/post/bring-me-heads-orchestra-and-opera <p></p><p>Even before The Philadelphia Orchestra's new music director took up his post, he'd begun reaching out to other arts organizations. As WRTI's Jim Cotter reports, the Orchestra is now set to&nbsp;present an ambitious co-production of&nbsp;a Richard Strauss masterpiece with&nbsp;Opera Philadelphia.</p><p></p> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 16:28:28 +0000 Jim Cotter 5316 at http://wrti.org Bring Me The Heads Of The Orchestra And The Opera! Opera Philadelphia's Silent Night http://wrti.org/post/opera-philadelphias-silent-night <P></P> <P><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.5">This week Opera Philadelphia presents the East Coast premiere of Silent Night, the Pulitzer Prize winning opera by Kevin Puts and Mark Campbell. As the Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns reports, it promises anything but stand-and-sing performances at the Academy of Music.</SPAN></P> <P>Silent Night’s depiction of a World War I Christmas Eve truce is inevitably preceded by battles on a raked, revolving stage.&nbsp;The model was the movie <EM>Saving Private Ryan</EM>, though director Eric Simonson admits singers can’t be dismembered onstage.</P> <P><EM>&nbsp;But you can stab them for a really, really long time with a bayonet. You can strangle them with a shovel. And that’s what we did… We want them to feel what the warriors are feeling. </EM></P> <P>The piece begins innocently enough with a quasi-Mozartean duet, interrupted by the declaration of war. The story traffics in similar territory to the PBS series Downton Abbey, though Silent Night was well underway first – with a fundamentally different focus says composer Kevin Puts.</P> <P><EM>The war is the main character. It’s ever present and the reason all this conflict exists. </EM></P> <P>One daring, personal touch is how much of the opera is, in fact, quiet, especially at the end. Librettist Campbell wants audiences to contemplate what they’ve just seen.</P> <P><EM>The way Kevin ends it with those beautiful notes and it’s snowing.&nbsp; It really succeeds at what we’re trying to say…you have to know when to use two or three notes per square inch and when you need 3000 notes per square inch</EM></P> <P>Puts and Campbell are now adapting The Manchurian Candidate, and later, will write something for Opera Philadelphia’s Perelman Theater series that’s even darker and….hasn’t been announced yet.</P> <P>Well, you read it here first.</P> <P> Tue, 12 Feb 2013 20:31:43 +0000 David Patrick Stearns 5124 at http://wrti.org Opera Philadelphia's Silent Night