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. Center-supported projects include Silent Night, which received the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Music for composer Kevin Puts. With Center support, Opera Philadelphia presented the 2016 world premiere of Breaking the Waves, a chamber opera by Missy Mazzoli (who had been the company’s composer-in-residence) and librettist Royce Vavrek. In 2019, Opera Philadelphia received a Project grant to produce and premiere a new opera by Mazzoli and Vavrek: The Listeners, which explores themes of community, ritual, belonging, and belief. The organization has also received two Center Advancement grants supporting in-depth audience research to understand shifting patterns of cultural consumption, as well as the response to this research: a new business and program model and an annual multi-venue festival, which launched in 2017. In 2021, Opera Philadelphia received a Re:imagining Recovery grant to 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.