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Opera Philadelphia Opera Philadelphia strives to deliver outstanding productions of both traditional and exciting new works. Since 1975, Opera Philadelphia has been Philadelphia’s professional opera company, performing at the historic Academy of Music, the Kimmel Center’s contemporary and intimate Perelman Theater, and across the city during our new annual festival, O, launching in the fall of 2017.

The Opera strives to deliver outstanding productions of both traditional and exciting new works that resonate with the community; to identify, cultivate, and cast rising young talent alongside internationally-acclaimed singers; and to present innovative programs that educate, broaden, deepen, and diversify the opera audience, both in Philadelphia and beyond.

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We are thrilled to announce the appointment of award-winning activist, arts administrator, and bass-baritone Dr. Derrell...
12/16/2021

We are thrilled to announce the appointment of award-winning activist, arts administrator, and bass-baritone Dr. Derrell Acon to the position of Vice President of People Operations & Inclusion at Opera Philadelphia.

Dr. Acon has over 15 years of experience in the equity, diversity, and inclusion space, and senior-level experience in both human resources strategy and business analytics. An accomplished bass baritone and founder of the Black Opera Alliance , Dr. Acon understands the power of the performing arts to foster human compassion and catalyze conversations on challenging subjects. It will be an honor to work with him as he brings his immense talent and experience to the company, our community, and the art form.

https://www.operaphila.org/about/news-press/pressroom/2021/acon/

We are thrilled to announce the appointment of award-winning activist, arts administrator, and bass-baritone Dr. Derrell Acon to the position of Vice President of People Operations & Inclusion at Opera Philadelphia.

Dr. Acon has over 15 years of experience in the equity, diversity, and inclusion space, and senior-level experience in both human resources strategy and business analytics. An accomplished bass baritone and founder of the Black Opera Alliance , Dr. Acon understands the power of the performing arts to foster human compassion and catalyze conversations on challenging subjects. It will be an honor to work with him as he brings his immense talent and experience to the company, our community, and the art form.

https://www.operaphila.org/about/news-press/pressroom/2021/acon/

Great read from Anne Midgette for NPR  about how opera singers including Will Liverman, KAREN SLACK, Soprano, Christine ...
12/14/2021
When COVID stalled careers, these opera singers leveled up

Great read from Anne Midgette for NPR about how opera singers including Will Liverman, KAREN SLACK, Soprano, Christine Goerke, Soprano, John Holiday, and Lawrence Brownlee branched out and innovated during the pandemic. https://www.npr.org/sections/deceptivecadence/2021/12/14/1063035430/opera-singers-pandemic-covid-shutdown-career-freedom

Forget the diva stereotype: Opera careers are tough, and often strict. But as concert halls reopen after months of shutdown, more than a few singers are showing newfound creativity.

T-VOCE, our Teen Voices of the City Ensemble, gives back to the community each year by conducting a toy drive. This year...
12/13/2021

T-VOCE, our Teen Voices of the City Ensemble, gives back to the community each year by conducting a toy drive. This year, they are participating in the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) virtual toy drive! The goal is $500, which would be enough to buy 25 toys for children in the CHOP system. If you are able, please donate to this wonderful cause!

https://chop.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.personalCampaign&participantID=112302

T-VOCE, our Teen Voices of the City Ensemble, gives back to the community each year by conducting a toy drive. This year, they are participating in the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) virtual toy drive! The goal is $500, which would be enough to buy 25 toys for children in the CHOP system. If you are able, please donate to this wonderful cause!

https://chop.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.personalCampaign&participantID=112302

Frank Luzi, our Vice President of Marketing Communications and Digital Strategy, has been named one of Musical America W...
12/09/2021

Frank Luzi, our Vice President of Marketing Communications and Digital Strategy, has been named one of Musical America Worldwide's Top 30 Professionals of the Year for leading our foray into streaming opera with both the Digital Festival and the Opera Philadelphia Channel. Congratulations, Frank!

https://www.musicalamerica.com/news/newsstory.cfm?archived=0&storyid=49047&categoryid=7

Frank Luzi, our Vice President of Marketing Communications and Digital Strategy, has been named one of Musical America Worldwide's Top 30 Professionals of the Year for leading our foray into streaming opera with both the Digital Festival and the Opera Philadelphia Channel. Congratulations, Frank!

https://www.musicalamerica.com/news/newsstory.cfm?archived=0&storyid=49047&categoryid=7

TONIGHT, you can watch the world premiere livestream of The Snowy Day from Houston Grand Opera, starring Raven McMillon ...
12/09/2021
The Snowy Day - Opening Night - Featured - HGO Digital

TONIGHT, you can watch the world premiere livestream of The Snowy Day from Houston Grand Opera, starring Raven McMillon (2022 Rigoletto) and KAREN SLACK, Soprano (2020 Lawrence Brownlee & Friends).

Register here: https://watch.hgodigital.org/featured/videos/the-snowy-day-opening-night

And read more about The Snowy Day from the New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/08/arts/music/snowy-day-ezra-jack-keats-opera.html

Let yourself take a snow day. Thursday December 9th at 7:00pm CT Join us LIVE for the Worldwide premiere of The Snowy Day. Relive the joy and wonder of childhood with a story as fresh and lovely as a new coat of snow. Ezra Jack Keats’s award-winning, ever-popular work from 1962, The Snowy Da...

Thank you for including the Opera Philadelphia Channel on the "Best Classical Music of 2021" list, Washington Post! Part...
12/08/2021
Perspective | Best classical music of 2021: Noseda reunites with the NSO, ‘Fire’ lights up the Met

Thank you for including the Opera Philadelphia Channel on the "Best Classical Music of 2021" list, Washington Post! Particularly our "inventive, evocative" digital commissions series from Tyshawn Sorey, Angélica Negrón, Courtney Bryan, and Caroline Shaw and David T. Little's Soldier Songs. We are especially honored to be recognized alongside some of our friends including Will Liverman , Anthony Roth Costanzo, Justin Vivian Bond, and Randall Goosby!

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/music/best-classical-music-2021/2021/12/07/fbc982f6-4bbe-11ec-b0b0-766bbbe79347_story.html

The return of live music was the sweetest sound of the year, but it wasn’t the only high note.

12/06/2021
Soldier Songs

GRAMMY® voting starts today! Still pinching ourselves that David T. Little's SOLDIER SONGS is a nominee in the Best Opera Recording category. Feeling so grateful for this journey, which started less than a year ago when this critically acclaimed opera-film by David, Johnathan McCullough, James Darrah, and FreshFly premiered on the Opera Philadelphia Channel, and we are humbled to be in such remarkable company.

www.operaphila.org/fyc

TOMORROW, Sunday, December 5, ring in the holidays by going to see Amahl and the Night Visitors from Three Oaks Opera, c...
12/04/2021

TOMORROW, Sunday, December 5, ring in the holidays by going to see Amahl and the Night Visitors from Three Oaks Opera, conducted by Opera Philadelphia Chorus Master & Music Administrator Elizabeth Braden and featuring members of the Opera Philadelphia Chorus!

Tickets ➡️ https://www.onthestage.tickets/show/three-oaks-opera/amahl-and-the-night-visitors-57388/tickets

TOMORROW, Sunday, December 5, ring in the holidays by going to see Amahl and the Night Visitors from Three Oaks Opera, conducted by Opera Philadelphia Chorus Master & Music Administrator Elizabeth Braden and featuring members of the Opera Philadelphia Chorus!

Tickets ➡️ https://www.onthestage.tickets/show/three-oaks-opera/amahl-and-the-night-visitors-57388/tickets

You can now stream the New Directions series from Music Theatre Wales for FREE on the Opera Philadelphia Channel! Also a...
12/02/2021
New Directions – Music Theatre Wales - Opera Philadelphia Channel

You can now stream the New Directions series from Music Theatre Wales for FREE on the Opera Philadelphia Channel! Also available with audio description, The House of Jollof, Pride (A Lion's Roar), and Somehow are all streaming through May 2022.

www.operaphila.tv/new-directions-music-theatre-wales

Opera Philadelphia presents New Directions, a commissioning program from Music Theatre Wales, a new opera and music theatre company based in Cardiff. Our ambition at MTW is to be a driving force for change, and with New Directions we are bringing new artists to opera, provoking change in the way ...

It's Museum Store Sunday, so why not shop for holiday gifts from your local arts organizations and museums (including yo...
11/28/2021

It's Museum Store Sunday, so why not shop for holiday gifts from your local arts organizations and museums (including your favorite opera company 😉)?

Check out this roundup from Phillyfunguide: https://phillyfunguide.com/editorial/museum-store-guide

It's Museum Store Sunday, so why not shop for holiday gifts from your local arts organizations and museums (including your favorite opera company 😉)?

Check out this roundup from Phillyfunguide: https://phillyfunguide.com/editorial/museum-store-guide

It's your last chance to watch Angélica Negrón, Matthew Placek, and Sasha Velour's "hauntingly beautiful" THE ISLAND WE ...
11/24/2021
The Island We Made

It's your last chance to watch Angélica Negrón, Matthew Placek, and Sasha Velour's "hauntingly beautiful" THE ISLAND WE MADE! Streaming now through November 30 on the Opera Philadelphia Channel. https://www.operaphila.tv/products/the-island-we-made

The Island We Made combines ethereal electronic music and the transformative art of drag lip-sync to explore familial relationships and a multi-generational depiction of “Mother.” A haunting lullaby formed from the memories and individual relationships of its collaborators—acclaimed composer A...

Congratulations David T. Little, Johnathan McCullough, and the entire SOLDIER SONGS team on being a #Grammys nominee! Th...
11/23/2021

Congratulations David T. Little, Johnathan McCullough, and the entire SOLDIER SONGS team on being a #Grammys nominee!

The critically acclaimed film of David T. Little's Soldier Songs, directed by and starring Johnathan McCullough, with Corrado Rovaris, James Darrah, and FreshFly, premiered on the Opera Philadelphia Channel in January.

Full list of nominees → www.nytimes.com/2021/11/23/arts/music/grammys-nominee-list.html

Congratulations David T. Little, Johnathan McCullough, and the entire SOLDIER SONGS team on being a #Grammys nominee!

The critically acclaimed film of David T. Little's Soldier Songs, directed by and starring Johnathan McCullough, with Corrado Rovaris, James Darrah, and FreshFly, premiered on the Opera Philadelphia Channel in January.

Full list of nominees → www.nytimes.com/2021/11/23/arts/music/grammys-nominee-list.html

Save on thrilling opera – in the theater or at home – with our Black Friday deals! Buy one ticket, get one free to Oedip...
11/23/2021

Save on thrilling opera – in the theater or at home – with our Black Friday deals! Buy one ticket, get one free to Oedipus Rex + Lilacs or Rigoletto, or save 50% on the Opera Philadelphia Channel!

Start saving: operaphila.org/BlackFridaydeals

Save on thrilling opera – in the theater or at home – with our Black Friday deals! Buy one ticket, get one free to Oedipus Rex + Lilacs or Rigoletto, or save 50% on the Opera Philadelphia Channel!

Start saving: operaphila.org/BlackFridaydeals

Join us tonight at 6:00 p.m. at The Athenaeum of Philadelphia for a glimpse into the future of the historic pipe organ. ...
11/22/2021

Join us tonight at 6:00 p.m. at The Athenaeum of Philadelphia for a glimpse into the future of the historic pipe organ. As prelude, choral works will be performed by members of the Opera Philadelphia Chorus, under the direction of Elizabeth Braden and with Meghan Meloy Ness on pipe organ. The concert will be livestreamed into the Athenaeum from Old Pine Street Presbyterian Church and followed by a panel discussion with Melissa Dunphy , composer and Joshua Castaño of Partners for Sacred Places. Proof of vaccination is required.

Register here ➡️ https://www.operaphila.org/whats-on/events/other/2021/future-of-the-organ/

Join us tonight at 6:00 p.m. at The Athenaeum of Philadelphia for a glimpse into the future of the historic pipe organ. As prelude, choral works will be performed by members of the Opera Philadelphia Chorus, under the direction of Elizabeth Braden and with Meghan Meloy Ness on pipe organ. The concert will be livestreamed into the Athenaeum from Old Pine Street Presbyterian Church and followed by a panel discussion with Melissa Dunphy , composer and Joshua Castaño of Partners for Sacred Places. Proof of vaccination is required.

Register here ➡️ https://www.operaphila.org/whats-on/events/other/2021/future-of-the-organ/

"Polished, assured, and uniquely Philadelphian." —The Philadelphia InquirerTakTakShoo is now streaming! Journey towards ...
11/19/2021

"Polished, assured, and uniquely Philadelphian." —The Philadelphia Inquirer

TakTakShoo is now streaming! Journey towards joy and rebirth with Rene Orth, Kanika Ambrose, Jeffrey Page, and Kristen Choi ➡️ www.operaphila.tv/videos/taktakshoo

"Polished, assured, and uniquely Philadelphian." —The Philadelphia Inquirer

TakTakShoo is now streaming! Journey towards joy and rebirth with Rene Orth, Kanika Ambrose, Jeffrey Page, and Kristen Choi ➡️ www.operaphila.tv/videos/taktakshoo

"Opera is all about the storytelling and journey for me. TakTakShoo’s original inspiration included two poems from St. A...
11/17/2021
5 Questions to Rene Orth (composer) about TakTakShoo

"Opera is all about the storytelling and journey for me. TakTakShoo’s original inspiration included two poems from St. Augustine that I loved, MI.MU gloves, and a desire to have some fun and throw in some pop elements."

Read more from composer Rene Orth's conversation with I Care if You Listen (.com) about TakTakShoo, premiering Friday on the Channel.

https://icareifyoulisten.com/2021/11/5-questions-to-rene-orth-composer-about-taktakshoo/

Lauren Ishida asked 5 questions to Rene Orth about TakTakShoo, a digital commission premiering on the Opera Philadelphia channel November 19.

Tomorrow, Kristen Choi is taking over! Follow along on Instagram Wednesday as Kristen takes us behind the scenes of TakT...
11/16/2021

Tomorrow, Kristen Choi is taking over! Follow along on Instagram Wednesday as Kristen takes us behind the scenes of TakTakShoo.

Tomorrow, Kristen Choi is taking over! Follow along on Instagram Wednesday as Kristen takes us behind the scenes of TakTakShoo.

Premiering Friday! “In creating the piece I thought about dance and resurrection and rebirth and joy, and a lot of the a...
11/16/2021
The pandemic helped Opera Philadelphia explore new creative outlets

Premiering Friday!

“In creating the piece I thought about dance and resurrection and rebirth and joy, and a lot of the anxiety we have around coming back to life as we know it,” said TakTakShoo librettist Kanika Ambrose.

Read more from The Philadelphia Tribune: https://www.phillytrib.com/entertainment/the_arts/the-pandemic-helped-opera-philadelphia-explore-new-creative-outlets/article_11dd09c5-5397-5a8c-b466-e99305d1ed21.html

“TakTakShoo” is a new musical short film born from the fallout of the past 18 months of pandemic shutdown. But that shutdown gave Rene Orth, a graduate of Opera Philadelphia's

Why watch The Marriage of Figaro alone when you could watch with Mozart? This four-year-old, playful but low-key diva is...
11/13/2021

Why watch The Marriage of Figaro alone when you could watch with Mozart? This four-year-old, playful but low-key diva is up for adoption at PAWS (Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society) and would love to curl up with you for some opera on the couch. Mozart’s lucky adopter will also receive a subscription to the Opera Philadelphia 2021-2022 season.

Meet Mozart ➡️ https://phillypaws.org/adopt/animals-for-adoption/?17156231

Why watch The Marriage of Figaro alone when you could watch with Mozart? This four-year-old, playful but low-key diva is up for adoption at PAWS (Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society) and would love to curl up with you for some opera on the couch. Mozart’s lucky adopter will also receive a subscription to the Opera Philadelphia 2021-2022 season.

Meet Mozart ➡️ https://phillypaws.org/adopt/animals-for-adoption/?17156231

Tune in to WRTI Saturday, November 13 for Opera Day! Michael Bolton and chorister John TK Scherch will be hosting alongs...
11/12/2021
We're celebrating the greatest moments in opera on WRTI! Opera Day 2021 is Saturday, November 13th

Tune in to WRTI Saturday, November 13 for Opera Day! Michael Bolton and chorister John TK Scherch will be hosting alongside Melinda Whiting and Mark Pinto. Enjoy the greatest moments in opera from 6 am to 6 pm, including a complete performance of Bizet's Carmen at 1pm. Those who pledge $10 a month will receive Michael Spyres' new album "BariTenor" and may have the opportunity to win tickets to an upcoming Opera Philadelphia performance.

https://www.wrti.org/wrti-spotlight/2021-11-05/were-celebrating-the-greatest-moments-in-opera-on-wrti-opera-day-2021-is-saturday-november-13th

Operavores, this is for you! WRTI's annual Opera Day is coming up on Saturday, November 13th from 6 AM to 6 PM with a special theme: The Greatest Moments in Opera. It will be a celebration of the tremendous passion, drama, humor, humanity, and richness that opera has to offer.

11/10/2021
Preview: TakTakShoo

TakTakShoo premieres next Friday, November 19! Journey towards joy and rebirth with this world premiere from Rene Orth, Kanika Ambrose, Jeffrey Page, Kristen Choi, and Four/Ten Media, that fuses opera and K-pop, marimba, electronics and dance, to create an eclectic sound and movement world.

operaphila.org/taktakshoo

11/05/2021
desert in

Announcing new, exclusive content for Opera Philadelphia Channel subscribers! Watch desert in, an opera miniseries in eight episodes conceived by Ellen Reid, christopher oscar peña, and James Darrah, on Boston Lyric Opera's operabox.tv. Check your email inbox for details!

11/03/2021
Soldier Songs: Two Marines

David T. Little's SOLDIER SONGS, directed by and starring Johnathan McCullough, is now available to Marquee TV subscribers! Stream this "powerful" and "arresting" film on Marquee TV or the Opera Philadelphia Channel.

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Opera Philadelphia has created a new executive position to improve diversity and inclusion among its staff and audiences. The VP of people operations and inclusion will be filled by Dr. Derrell Acon.
Big thanks to the Washington Post for highlighting our SOLDIER SONGS film among the Best Classical Music of 2021 (and for the #GRAMMY shoutout)! Huge congrats to Johnathan McCullough, the Opera Philadelphia family, and all of the terrific fellow artists on the Opera Philadelphia Channel: Caroline Shaw, Angélica Negrón, Tyshawn Sorey, Courtney Bryan, Rene Orth - Composer, Ariadne Greif, John Holiday, and so many others!
Promoting subscriptions or memberships for the holidays? Fresh, relevant messaging is non-negotiable. Need ideas? Look to Pasadena Playhouse, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and Opera Philadelphia. From centennial memberships to targeted emails, their unique, benefits-driven campaigns will spark ideas—all ready for you on the blog. Get Inspired → https://bit.ly/3DzcJRb
For your consideration! Learn more about these contemporary tracks that have been nominated for 2022 GRAMMY Awards here 👉 https://www.boosey.com/cr/news/B-H-Recordings-Nominated-for-2022-GRAMMY-Awards/101837 Louis Andriessen, "The only one" Nominated for Best Contemporary Classical Composition Esa-Pekka Salonen, Nora Fischer & LA Phil David T. Little, "Soldier Songs" Nominated for Best Opera Recording Corrado Rovaris, conductor; Johnathan McCullough; James Darrah, David T. Little, Lewis Pesacov & John Toia, producers; Opera Philadelphia Béla Bartók, "Bluebeard's Castle" Nominated for Best Opera Recording Susanna Mälkki, conductor; Mika Kares & Szilvia Vörös; Robert Suff, producer; Helsingin kaupunginorkesteri - Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra John Adams (Composer), "My Father Knew Charles Ives"; "Harmonielehre" Nominated for Best Orchestral Performance Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor; Nashville Symphony Orchestra #Grammys #ForYourConsideration
Following the successful 2019 co-commission and co-production of Denis & Katya by Philip Venables and Ted Huffman, Music Theatre Wales and Opera Philadelphia are sharing new digital pieces created by Black, Asian and global majority artists. 👉 https://www.musictheatre.wales/productions/opera-philadelphia-digital-sharing.html ------------------------- Yn dilyn llwyddiant cyd-gomisiynu a chyd-gynhyrchu Denis & Katya gan Philip Venables a Ted Huffman yn 2019, mae Music Theatre Wales ac Opera Philadelphia yn rhannu darnau digidol newydd a grëwyd gan artistiaid Du, Asiaidd a’r mwyafrif byd-eang. 👉 https://www.musictheatre.wales/cymraeg/productions/opera-philadelphia-digital-sharing.html
Congratulations to all of the 2022 Grammy nominees in the opera and classical music categories! Included in the nominees for Best Opera Recording are the artists of The Metropolitan Opera's recordings of Philip Glass' AKHNATEN and Poulenc's DIALOGUES DES CARMÉLITES and the artists of Opera Philadelphia's recording of David T. Little's SOLDIER SONGS. In the Best Classical Solo Vocal Album category, nominees include Laura Strickling and Joy Schreier, Will Liverman and Paul Sánchez, Joyce DiDonato and Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Sangeeta Kaur and Hila Plitmann, and Jamie Barton and Jake Heggie.
Congrats to all involved! We had an awesome time working with Opera Philadelphia, Johnathan McCullough, James Darrah, and the rest of the team this one. DP: Phil Bradshaw 1st Asst. Camera: Matt Hamm Consulting Producer: Chayne Gregg Sound Mixer: John Gooch Editor: Vic Carreno Additional Editor: Meg Sarachan Color: Janet Falcon/ Alkemy X
LBO is ecstatic and proud to share that our Artistic Director & Chief Creative Officer, James Darrah, was just nominated for a Grammy® (Recording Academy / GRAMMYs)! The nomination is in the Best Opera Recording category for his work with Opera Philadelphia on ‘Soldier Songs.’ James’ incredible work and commitment to bringing opera to new audiences is reflected in this achievement, and we are so happy to celebrate him in this moment! #OperaForANewEra #LBO22 #LBO #LongBeachOpera
K-pop, meet opera! Opera Philadelphia is pairing the electrifying South Korean pop music genre with digital opera. TAKTAKSHOO, from the team of composer Rene Orth, librettist Kanika Ambrose, mezzo-soprano Kristen Choi, and choreographer/video director Jeffrey L. Page, is now streaming on the Opera Philadelphia Channel. #meetopera
This Opera devotes their time to delivering outstanding productions of both traditional and exciting new works that resonate with the community, to identify, cultivate, and cast rising young talent alongside internationally acclaimed singers. I wanted to present an equally as innovative, educational and diverse salon concert series that immerses the audience with the true art of opera. The Giulio Gari Foundation was created too not only uphold his international standing as the “Primo Tenore”, but to support young, distinguished classical singers. The newest episode on Errin Brooks was yesterday and listening to his story about coming from a church choir to becoming a baritone and to an award winning tenor! I implore opera and classical music enthusiasts to check out their vision and old episodes because I know I cannot wait for the next episode! https://www.facebook.com/GiulioGariFoundation/videos/?ref=page_internal
The New Tang Dynasty Television (NTD Television) “International Chinese Vocal Competition” is sponsored by NTD Television. The aim of this competition is to promote traditional vocal arts of pure authenticity, pure goodness, and pure beauty, and provide a world arena for all Chinese vocalists to showcase their talents. The final round of the Competition will be broadcast through live stream video on NTD’s social media platforms. It will also be broadcast on NTD’s TV network. The 2021 NTD International Chinese Vocal Competition has specially invited vocalists with the world-renowned Shen Yun Performing Arts to serve on its panel of judges. 1 Gold US$10,000, 1 Silver US$3,000, 2 Bronze;US$1,000
Robert Fitzpatrick, RIP