Opera Philadelphia

1 Dec 2016


Opera Philadelphia presents Verdi’s La Traviata. The Marchese (Jarrett Ott, seated) and Flora (Katherine Pracht) at Flora’s ball in Act II. Photo by Kelly & Massa.


The Magic Flute, LA Opera. Photo by Robert Millard.


Opera Philadelphia presents Charlie Parker’s Yardbird. Mezzo-soprano Tamara Mumford as Baroness Pannonica “Nica” de Koenigswarter and tenor Lawrence Brownlee. Photo by Dominic M. Mercier.

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. In 2015, the company was the only American finalist for the International Opera Award for Accessibility. Center-supported projects include Silent Night, which was developed through the opera's American Repertoire Program and received the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Music for composer Kevin Puts. With Center support, Opera Philadelphia will present the world premiere of Breaking the Waves in September 2016, a chamber opera by composer-in-residence Missy Mazzoli and librettist Royce Vavrek, inspired by the 1996 film by Danish auteur Lars von Trier. The organization is the recipient of two Center Advancement grants, which have supported in-depth audience research to understand shifting patterns of cultural consumption, and the response to this research: a new business and program model that will feature an annual season-opening, multi-venue festival, launching in fall 2017.