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Patricia Racette (Elle) © Dominic M Mercier
Philadelphia

Ne quittez pas: A reimagined La Voix humaine in Philadelphia

By , 23 September 2018
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Brenda Rae (Lucia) © Kelly & Massa
Philadelphia

Brenda Rae's remarkable Lucia a compensation in Philadelphia

By , 21 September 2018
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Marietta Simpson (Martha) and Frederica von Stade (Danny) © Steven Pisano
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Sky on Swings: a heart-wrenching world première at Opera Philadelphia

By , 20 September 2018
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Jacqueline Callahan, Zecheng Liang and Nayara Lopes in George Balanchine’s Jewels © Alexander Iziliaev
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Bejeweled Bodies in Philadelphia

By , 12 May 2018
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Jennifer Rowley (Tosca) and Ambrogio Maestri (Scarpia) © Jessica Griffin | Philadelphia Orchestra
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Yusif Eyvazov a magnificent Cavardossi in Philadelphia's Tosca

By , 12 May 2018
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Daniela Mack (Carmen) © Steven Pisano for Opera Philadelphia
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Billboards, red dresses and a green balloon: Carmen in Philadelphia

By , 27 April 2018
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Stéphane Denève © Uwe Ditz
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Flame writing to wild dancing: Stéphane Denève and The Philadelphia Orchestra

By , 19 April 2018
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Artists of Pennsylvania Ballet in Christopher Wheeldon’s For Four © Rosalie O'Connor
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Sparkling Grace and Grandeur from Pennsylvania Ballet

By , 06 April 2018
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Yannick Nézet-Séguin © Hans van der Woerd
Philadelphia

Philadelphia: America's great experiment brought to life in Machover première

By , 05 April 2018
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Lahav Shani © Marco Borggreve
Philadelphia

Turkjazz and Russian Firebirds: Lahav Shani and Philadelphia Orchestra

By , 22 March 2018
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Jean-Yves Thibaudet © Kasskara | Decca
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Anxieties, fantasies and ironies: Thibaudet and Philadelphia Orchestra

By , 16 March 2018
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Artists of Pennsylvania Ballet in Swan Lake © Alexander Iziliaev
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Successful storytelling in Pennsylvania Ballet's Swan Lake

By , 08 March 2018
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Andrea Yorita in Trey McIntyre's The Boogeyman © Bill Hebert
Philadelphia

Harlem, Funk and a bit of Schubert from BalletX

By , 07 March 2018
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Michael Tilson Thomas © Chris Wahlberg
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Sweeping, elegant Tchaikovsky in Philadelphia, courtesy of MTT

By , 03 March 2018
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Anthony Roth Costanzo (The Boy) and Lauren Snouffer (Agnès) © Kelly & Massa for Opera Philadelphia
Philadelphia

Sex, angels and cannibalism: Written on Skin at Opera Philadelphia

By , 16 February 2018
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Yannick Nézet-Séguin © Marco Borggreve
Philadelphia

Shostakovich's Leningrad Symphony triumphs anew under Nézet-Séguin in Philadelphia

By , 15 February 2018
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Yannick Nézét-Séguin © Marco Borggreve
Philadelphia

Scottish Fantasies with the Philadelphia Orchestra: Otherworldly and Earthly

By , 18 January 2018
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Yannick Nézet-Séguin © Hans van der Woerd
Philadelphia

Scotch Beasts and other forms of Britishness in Philadelphia's Winter Festival

By , 11 January 2018
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Donald Runnicles © Simon Pauly
Philadelphia

German fairy-tales and knights: Runnicles conducts Humperdinck and Wagner

By , 30 November 2017
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Gary W. Jeter II, Hellmut Gottschild © Bill Hebert
Philadelphia

Beautiful Decay: BalletX makes a truly profound choice

By , 29 November 2017
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James Gaffigan © Daniela Kienzler
Philadelphia

Made in the USA: Gershwin and beyond with James Gaffigan and the Philadelphia Orchestra

By , 24 November 2017
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Matthew Rose © Lena Kern
Philadelphia

The turning of Haydn's Seasons in Philadelphia

By , 16 November 2017
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Yannick Nézet-Seguin © Hans van der Woerd
Philadelphia

Mighty Bruckner 8 from Yannick Nézet-Seguin and the Philadelphia Orchestra

By , 11 November 2017
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Artists of Pennsylvania Ballet in Alexander Ekman’s Episode 31 © Erin Baiano
Philadelphia

Pennsylvania Ballet On Edge

By , 09 November 2017
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Artists of Pennsylvania Ballet in The Sleeping Beauty © Alexander Iziliaev
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Classics and Clichés: Penn Ballet's Sleeping Beauty

By , 20 October 2017
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Isabel Leonard (Maria) with the Shark girls © Philadelphia Orchestra
Philadelphia

Rebirth of Cool: West Side Story in concert

By , 12 October 2017
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Yannick Nézet-Séguin © Marco Borggreve
Philadelphia

Philadelphia Orchestra: the season begins

By , 06 October 2017
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Kirstin Chávez (Glenda) and Lauren Whitehead (Un/Sung) © Dave DiRentis
Philadelphia

Squatters’ rites, sacred sites in We Shall Not Be Moved

By , 16 September 2017
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Rachel Sterrenberg (Pamina) © Kelly & Massa Photography
Philadelphia

Magicking Flutes – and pink elephants – in the Roaring Twenties in Philadelphia

By , 15 September 2017
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Joseph Gaines (Dan Leno) and Daniela Mack (Elizabeth Cree) © Steven Pisano for Opera Philadelphia
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Murder She Wrote: Elizabeth Cree launch Opera Philadelphia's Fall Festival

By , 14 September 2017
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Yannick Nézet-Séguin © Marco Borggreve
Philadelphia

Brilliant double bill of Swan Lake and Bluebeard's Castle in Philadelphia

By , 03 March 2017
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Yannick Nézét-Séguin © Marco Borggreve
Philadelphia

A brilliant start to the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Paris Festival

By , 13 January 2017
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Kiera Duffy (Bess) © Dominic M Mercier for Opera Philadelphia
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Flawed masterpiece: Missy Mazzoli's Breaking the Waves opens in Philadelphia

By , 22 September 2016
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Lawrence Brownlee (Charlie Parker) © Dominic M. Mercier
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He knew why the caged bird sings: Charlie Parker's Yardbird at Opera Philadelphia

By , 07 June 2015
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Eric Owens (Philip II) and Morris Robinson (The Grand Inquisitor) © Opera Philadelphia | Kelly & Massa
Philadelphia

An air of decay: Don Carlo opens at Opera Philadelphia

By , 24 April 2015
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Ashley Milanese (Zerbinetta) and Jean-Michel Richer (Scaramuccio) © Cory Weaver
Philadelphia

Good singing and pop references in Curtis Opera Theater's Ariadne auf Naxos

By , 04 March 2015
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David Daniels (Oscar Wilde) © Kelly & Massa
Philadelphia

Opera Philadelphia's Oscar disappoints despite strong performances

By , 06 February 2015
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Taylor Stayton (Almaviva as 'Don Alonso') and Kevin Burdette (Dr Bartolo) © Kelly & Massa
Philadelphia

Almodóvar influenced Barbiere in Philadelphia

By , 26 September 2014
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Frederica von Stade © Kelly & Massa
Philadelphia

Flicka Shines in Lackluster East Coast Première

By , 08 June 2014
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Miguel Yisrael © Jean-Baptiste Millot
Philadelphia

Lutenist Miguel Yisrael Makes an Auspicious American Debut

By , 07 March 2014
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Stéphane Denève © Tom Finnie
Philadelphia

Denève Conducts a Choreographic Concert with the Philadelphia Orchestra

By , 28 February 2014
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Alicia Hall (Bess) and Nathaniel Stampley (Porgy) © Michael J Lutch
Philadelphia

Tony Award winning production of Porgy and Bess arrives in Philadelphia

By , 18 February 2014
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The statue of Mariana Pineda (Maria Nadal) bleeds at the end of Lorca’s song © Kelly & Massa
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Opera Phila’s Ainadamar in a sensation-rich new production

By , 16 February 2014
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Dirk Brossé conducts the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia © Janette McVey
Philadelphia

Michel Legrand's Harp Concerto premières with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia

By , 09 February 2014
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Julie Diana and Jermel Johnson in Robbins’ Afternoon of a Faun © Alexander Iziliaev
Philadelphia

Pennsylvania Ballet presents a delightful, diverse evening of dance

By , 06 February 2014
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Dominick Chenes and Marina Costa-Jackson © Paul Sirochman
Philadelphia

Artistry and greatness glimmer in Pique Dame at AVA

By , 18 January 2014
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Nabucco launches Opera Philadelphia's season with power

By , 06 October 2013
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Patricia Schuman  ©  courtesy of Opera Philadelphia; photo by Kelly & Massa
Philadelphia

Opera Phila's Powder Her Face a shiny triumph

By , 09 June 2013
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Burak Bilgili and Zachary Nelson  ©  Paul Sirochman
Philadelphia

Don Quichotte victorious at Philadelphia Academy

By , 02 March 2013
*****
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French, German and Scottish soldiers sing choruses in their native languages as they write home  ©  Kelly & Massa
Philadelphia

Opera Philadelphia's Silent Night a resounding showcase

By , 10 February 2013
*****
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