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.
Opera Philadelphia will refine its artistic and organizational operations and center the company around an equity and inclusion lens as it moves to engage diverse audiences and artists in advancing opera as an art form. To inform this work, the company will employ consultants on antiracist and restorative practices, create new staff roles to elevate equity-focused work at the senior level, invest in professional development for staff and board members, and convene community advisory councils on artistry, access, and the intersectionality of race and culture.
The total grant amount represents project funding plus an additional 20% in unrestricted general operating support.