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Festival: Opera Philadelphia’s Festival O

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September 18th - 29th, 2019

“Opera in Philadelphia really can claim to offer something for everyone.” (The Washington Post)

Launching its past two annual seasons with the groundbreaking Festival O has firmly established Opera Philadelphia not only as “one of North America’s premiere generators of valid new operas” (Opera News), but as “one of American opera’s success stories” (New York Times). Now the company steps boldly into 2019-2020 with the third edition of its festival, O19, which comprises two world premieres, two company premieres, and a series of special presentations, events, and recitals at multiple venues across the city in September. Next, the season spotlights renowned Jack Mulroney Music Director Corrado Rovaris, who leads three productions at the Academy of Music to mark the 20th anniversary of his company debut.

With a lineup of rarely staged classics, new commissions, and stimulating artistic partnerships, the 2019-20 season underscores Opera Philadelphia’s status as “a hotbed of operatic innovation”. (New York Times)

For full information visit the Festival O website.

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Ne quittez pas: A reimagined La Voix humaine in Philadelphia

Patricia Racette (Elle) © Dominic M Mercier
Chaotic staging detracts from imaginative pairing of Poulenc's songs with his one-act, one-performer opera. 
***11
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Brenda Rae's remarkable Lucia a compensation in Philadelphia

Brenda Rae (Lucia) © Kelly & Massa
Top-notch singers and some sensitive direction almost make up for Laurent Pelly's frustrating Opera Philadelphia production. 
***11
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Sky on Swings: a heart-wrenching world première at Opera Philadelphia

Marietta Simpson (Martha) and Frederica von Stade (Danny) © Steven Pisano
A remarkable opera about Alzheimer’s mesmerizes audience thanks to two extraordinary women “d’un certain age”.
****1
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PhiladelphiaDenis and KatyaWorld première

Denis and Katya
Venables: Denis and Katya
Ted Huffman; Opera Philadelphia; Siena Licht Miller; Johnny Herford; Theo Hoffman; Emily Edmonds

PhiladelphiaSemele

Semele
Handel: Semele
Gary Thor Wedow; James Darrah; Opera Philadelphia; Cameron Jaye Mock; Sarah Schuessler; Daniela Mack; Alex Rosen

PhiladelphiaThe Love for Three Oranges

The Love for Three Oranges
Prokofiev: The Love for Three Oranges
Corrado Rovaris; Alessandro Talevi; Opera Philadelphia; Justin Arienti; Manuel Pedretti; Scott Conner; Ben Wager

PhiladelphiaLet Me DieWorld première

Let Me Die
Joseph Keckler: Let Me Die
Veronica Chapman-Smith; Darius Elmore; Unknown