Opera Philadelphia is committed to embracing innovation and developing opera for the 21st century. The company presents both traditional and new repertoire and a wide array of programming that aims to diversify opera audiences. Center-supported projects include Silent Night, which received the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Music for composer Kevin Puts.
To ensure the organization's future vitality, Opera Philadelphia conducted in-depth, strategic audience research that has resulted in a new, annual season-opening festival, debuting in September 2017. Together with enhanced marketing efforts, Opera Philadelphia's market research responds to new audience behaviors and preferences, and supports the organization's efforts to bring opera to a variety of publics in unconventional places and in unexpected ways. [fn]Advancement grants were awarded from 2014 through 2017.[/fn]