Opera Philadelphia

Creatively Speaking
8:45 am
Mon April 14, 2014

The Don Is Back!

Opera Philadelphia's production of Mozart's DON GIOVANNI opens on April 25 at the Academy of Music.

Don Juan, one of fiction's most infamous scoundrels, returns to the opera stage in Philadelphia next week.  As WRTI's Jim Cotter reports, Opera Philadelphia's latest production is also a showcase for singers who learned their craft in the city.

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Creatively Speaking
5:17 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Opera Philadelphia Gives Us: "The Bird"

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 Charlie Parker's Yardbird that the Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns reports will bring many unexpected things to the Perelman Theater at its 2015 premiere. 

Creatively Speaking
11:05 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Serbian-Language Opera in a Quirky Setting: The Launch of OPERA IN THE CITY

Opera Philadelphia's SVADBA-WEDDING

Opera Philadelphia launches its new Opera In The City 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.

Details and ticket information: Svadba-Wedding
 

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Creatively Speaking
11:21 am
Mon October 14, 2013

A Great Week For Classical Music In Philly!

Guest Conductor Madeline Church, 9, was the winner of the conducting competition before the pop-up concert in Verizon Hall.

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’s season-opening production.

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Creatively Speaking
5:34 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Opera Philadelphia Kicks Off A Three-Legged Season

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.  The name changed to better reflect the diversity and scope of its artistic output. 

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.  And, says General Director David Devan, maybe even three separate sets of audiences.

Opera Philadelphia’s season opens with Giuseppe Verdi’s Nabuco at the Academy of Music on September 27th and a live, big-screen simulcast open to the public on Independence Mall the next night.

Listen to Jim's interview with Opera Philadelphia General Director David Devan.

Creatively Speaking
7:08 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Opera In Unconventional Locales

Opera Philadelphia 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 announced formal plans to perform in even less predictable places.

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11:27 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Special Offer: Save 25% On Opera Philadelphia's POWDER HER FACE

Margaret Campbell, Duchess of Argyll - the notorious British socialite.

Being a duchess doesn't make her a lady. Hailed as "a masterpiece of contemporary music drama" by The New York Times, the opera Powder Her Face has earned infamy in musical theatre history for its half-hummed, half-sung  aria depicting the main character’s insatiable appetites.

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Creatively Speaking
12:28 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Bring Me The Heads Of The Orchestra And The Opera!

(left to right) David Devan, general director/president of Opera Philadelphia; Richard Worley, Phila. Orch. chairman; Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Phila. Orch. music director; Allison Vulgamore, Phila. Orch. CEO & president; Opera Phila. Chairman Daniel Meyer
Tom Mihalek

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 present an ambitious co-production of a Richard Strauss masterpiece with Opera Philadelphia.

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Creatively Speaking
3:31 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Opera Philadelphia's Silent Night

Craig Irvin as Lt. Horstmayer
Kelly and Massa



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.


Silent Night’s depiction of a World War I Christmas Eve truce is inevitably preceded by battles on a raked, revolving stage. The model was the movie Saving Private Ryan, though director Eric Simonson admits singers can’t be dismembered onstage.


 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.

The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns speaks with Silent Night Director, Eric Simonson about the critically acclaimed opera by Kevin Puts and Mark Campbell.

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.


The war is the main character. It’s ever present and the reason all this conflict exists.


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.


The way Kevin ends it with those beautiful notes and it’s snowing.  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


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.


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