Opera Company of Philadelphia

Some rough-and-tumble opening chords can mean only one thing to opera lovers - Puccini’s La Boheme.  The iconic work is back in Philadelphia  for what could feel like the 300th time since first arriving here 114 years ago. Audiences rarely tire of the story of starving artists in 19th-century Paris, or the famous arias that convey the rapture of young love. But they might also feel like it’s a rerun.

The Opera Company of Philadelphia is furthering its commitment to the creation of new American works with the recruitment of star baritone Nathan Gunn to lead its American Repertoire Program. The project aims to produce an American work in each season for the next 10 years.  

David Patrick Stearns looks ahead to the Opera Company of Philadelphia’s production of Nico Muhly’s Dark Sisters. The company co-commission is among the most-talked about new opera works. Dark Sisters runs at the Kimmel Center's Perelman Theater from June 8th to 17th.

David Patrick Stearns looks ahead to the OCP's production of Puccini's tragic love story.

David Patrick Stearns reports from the Philadelphia Orchestra's European tour.

Opera Company of Philadelphia's new season is previewed.

Susan Lewis profiles legendary percussionist Alan Abel.

Jim Cotter looks ahead to a new exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art featuring the photography of ten local artists.

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David Patrick Stearns looks ahead to the Opera Company of Philadelphia's upcoming production of Gounod's Romeo & Juliet that casts the Capulets and Montagues - not as feuding families - but as rival haute couture design houses.

Jim Cotter speaks with Charles Croce, the new CEO of the recently revamped and renamed Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent, which tells the story of the City of Philadelphia.

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David Patrick Stearns takes us to two new Shakespeare productions: the Opera Company of Philadelphia's Otello at the Academy of Music, and Macbeth at the Wilma Theater.

As Philadelphia's Rosenbach Museum and Library hosts its annual Dracula Festival, Susan Lewis considers Bram Stoker's famous vampire and his impact on contemporary culture.

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Jim Cotter speaks with Opera Company of Philadelphia Artistic Director Robert Driver about the company's 2010 season finale - a company premiere of Gluck's rarely performed Orphee et Eurydice.

Susan Lewis explores Late Renoir, a new exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art featuring works from the final decades of the artist's life.

David Patrick Stearns profiles 20-year-old pianist Haochen Zhang. A 2009 gold-medal winner of the prestigious Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, he opens the Mann Center season on June 15, 2010.

As part of WRTI's "A Day at The Opera," Jim Cotter speaks with Opera Company of Philadelphia Artistic Director Robert Driver about National Opera Week. It celebrates the vitality of the art form as a contemporary cultural expression.

Susan Lewis looks ahead to Saturday's Philadelphia Brahms Festival - three concerts in one day by young musicians from the Astral Artists roster.

Jim Cotter speaks with author Steve Lopez. His story of destitute musician Nathaniel Ayers is this year's selection for One Book, One Philadelphia.

Susan Lewis considers the Delaware Art Museum, a museum of stories with its own tale to tell.

Jason Peifer explores how the skills and traditions of folk art are being passed on through apprenticeships.

David Patrick Stearns takes us to the Opera Company of Philadelphia's production of Beethoven's Fidelio.

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