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Six Questions with Daniela Mack, Opera Philadelphia’s Carmen

Mezzo-soprano Daniela Mack, whose schedule takes her all over the United States and around the globe (she was a Cardiff Singer of the World finalist […]

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Even Philly Opera Singers Are Getting Into the Sixers Playoff Spirit

Fresh off setting a new franchise record with 16 straight wins to finish the regular season, the red-hot 76ers are about to participate in the […]

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REVIEW: A Quiet Place—Leonard Bernstein’s Chilly Winter Garden

Leonard Bernstein liked his gardens. “We’ll build our house and chop our wood / and make our garden grow,” the ensemble sings at the close […]

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REVIEW: In Opera Philadelphia’s Written on Skin, Music and Theater Triumph

Prima la musica—dopo le parole: first the music, then the words. This famous operatic admonition is good advice for considering Written on Skin. Seen here, […]

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O Festival Diary—Day V: The Wake World Is O17’s Glamorous Swan Song

Between September 14th and 25th, Opera Philadelphia will boldly go where few, if any, companies have gone before—a festival that brings seven events covering the […]

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O Festival Diary—Day IV, Part II: War Stories

Between September 14th and 25th, Opera Philadelphia will boldly go where few, if any, companies have gone before—a festival that brings seven events covering the […]

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O Festival Diary—Day IV, Part I: Sondra Radvanovsky in Recital

Between September 14th and 25th, Opera Philadelphia will boldly go where few, if any, companies have gone before—a festival that brings seven events covering the […]

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O Festival Diary—Day III: We Shall Not Be Moved

Between September 14th and 25th, Opera Philadelphia will boldly go where few, if any, companies have gone before—a festival that brings seven events covering the […]

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O Festival Diary—Day II: In O17’s Die Zauberflöte, the Magic is in the Technology

Between September 14th and 25th, Opera Philadelphia will boldly go where few, if any, companies have gone before, with O17—a festival that brings seven events […]

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O Festival Diary—Day I: Elizabeth Cree

Between September 14th and 25th, Opera Philadelphia will boldly go where few, if any, companies have gone before—a festival that brings seven events covering the […]

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The O17 Festival Makes the City its Stage

Opera fans have had September 14 circled on their calendars for months. (Sure they still use paper calendars. They’re old-school.) That’s the start of O17, an […]

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OPERA REVIEW: Le Nozze di Figaro — 231 Years Old, and Sassier Than Ever

Some days, I think the Act II finale of Le Nozze di Figaro is not only the greatest 20 minutes of music ever written, but […]

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OPERA REVIEW: Tancredi had Pomp, Circumstance, and a Whole Lot of Voice

There’s a lot to be said for the old-fashioned pleasures. Opera Philadelphia’s Tancredi was a throwback on several levels—starting with the work itself, one of […]

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OPERA REVIEW: Turandot — A Wild, Multicultural Ride

Opera Philadelphia’s opening week is globe-trotting and time-traveling.  Breaking the Waves, their world-premiere production, takes place in a grim Scottish town in the 1970s. Verdi’s […]

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OPERA REVIEW: A Compelling, Disturbing Breaking the Waves

It’s a week that effectively demonstrates Opera Philadelphia’s growing presence and ambitions.  There’s a gala opening in grandly traditional style — Puccini’s Turandot, at their […]