Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Opera Philadelphia

Opera Philadelphia is committed to embracing innovation and developing opera for the 21st century. The company’s mission is to deliver outstanding productions of traditional and new repertoire that engage our public and propel our genre forward; to identify extraordinary artists, both established and emerging, and provide opportunities for them to create their most imaginative and inspired work; and to present innovative programming relevant to the multi-cultural Philadelphia region that broadens and diversifies the opera audience.

The company produces stunning grand opera at the historic Academy of Music and intimate chamber opera at the Kimmel Center’s contemporary Perelman Theater. The company produces a new American opera each season through its American Repertoire Program, bringing Philadelphia audiences the World Premiere of Charlie Parker’s YARDBIRD starring Lawrence Brownlee (June 2015); and the East Coast premieres of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Silent Night by Kevin Puts and Mark Campbell (February 2013), A Coffin in Egypt by Ricky Ian Gordon and Leonard Foglia (June 2014), Oscar by Theo Morrison and John Cox (February 2015), and Cold Mountain by Jennifer Higdon and Gene Scheer (February 2016).

Opera Philadelphia is, as The Washington Post reports, “taking chances, offering unusual and new work along with repertory staples, and carving out a place for themselves as proponents of American opera.” Cutting-edge fare such as the American Premiere of Svadba—Wedding (November 2013) and the World Premiere of the Warhol-inspired ANDY: A Popera (September 2015) are presented alongside innovative productions of undisputed classics like Verdi’s La traviata, Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, Puccini’s La bohème, and Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love.

In recognition of Opera Philadelphia’s innovative thinking, the company was chosen as the only American finalist for the 2015 International Opera Award for Accessibility. As Opera News notes, “Things are looking up, operatically speaking, in the City of Brotherly Love.”

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