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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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36 Ways to Dodge the NFL Draft This Weekend

FRIDAY, APRIL 28 Star Party @ The Mann This sounds pretty cool: a free concert and stargazing get-together at the Mann featuring telescopes and astronomers […]

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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 […]

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Free Tickets to Opera on the Mall are Now Available

If you know one song from one opera, it’s probably Puccini’s “Nessun dorma” from the grand Turandot. Opera Philadelphia is performing the epic tale of […]

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Arts Shortlist: See a Play About WikiLeaks

See What I Wanna See @ Christ Church Neighborhood House | April 28 to May 15 For 11th Hour Theatre Company’s 11th season, the founders […]

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Opera Review: Capriccio is a Triumph

In the middle of World War II, Richard Strauss premiered his final opera, Capriccio — an elegant “conversation piece,” set in a grand salon outside […]

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Opera Philadelphia is All About the Ladies Next Season

The big news from today’s 2016-17 season announcement from Opera Philadelphia is pretty simple: It’s all about the ladies. In fact, when browsing the full […]

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REVIEW: Manon Lescaut is a Triumph

Sometimes there is an opera staging that is so artistically sound that lovers of the art form can take a deep breath and think, “We’re okay!” […]

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REVIEW: Cold Mountain at Opera Philadelphia

Most of the characters in Jennifer Higdon‘s first opera want to return to the literal Cold Mountain. However, at the end of the nearly three-hour […]

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Isabel Leonard: Philly’s “It Girl” For 2016

Before the lights come up at some of the world’s biggest opera houses, you can hear Isabel Leonard‘s voice backstage. But you won’t catch her singing a tune […]

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15 Outstanding Philly Arts Moments in 2015

Ticket arts writers weigh in on what they think are the most important local arts moments of 2015.  Brava, Diva! It’s been a banner year […]