Opera Philadelphia - Philadelphia
18 August 2017

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Le nozze di Figaro

Opera Philadelphia


No. of reviews: 6

Undimmed hilarity – and profundity – in a supreme operatic masterpiece
12 May 17 / Seen and Heard
Opera Phila’s lusty Figaro
11 May 17 / The Huffington Post
The power structure crumbles in this new Figaro
8 May 17 / The Opera Critic
The cast was filled with superb singers and actors
3 May 17 / DC Metro Theater Arts
The staging of the slapstick hilarity worked extremely well
2 May 17 / Phindie
Opera Philadelphia delivers Mozart with doors, beds, and heaps of fun
2 May 17 / Philadelphia Inquirer
Tancredi

Opera Philadelphia


No. of reviews: 6

Two singers compensate brilliantly for a dramatically flawed Tancredi
22 Feb 17 / Seen and Heard
OperaPhiladelphia tackles early Rossini
19 Feb 17 / The Huffington Post
Stephanie Blythe is a powerful Tancredi
15 Feb 17 / The Opera Critic
Death becomes him
14 Feb 17 / parterre box
Opera Philadelphia speaks softly with fortissimo effect in Tancredi
14 Feb 17 / Philadelphia Inquirer
Tancredi is at once grand and intimate, florid and quiet, updated but timeless
13 Feb 17 / DC Metro Theater Arts
Turandot

Opera Philadelphia


No. of reviews: 6

A stunning presentation of a not very human opera
5 Oct 16 / Seen and Heard
Goerke sang unstintingly in the fearsome title role
3 Oct 16 / Phindie
Turandot is worth losing sleep over
2 Oct 16 / The Opera Critic
The main draw was Christine Goerke’s ferocious Turandot
27 Sep 16 / Wall Street Journal (via Google)
Danger and darkness lurk around every corner of Opera Philadelphia’s stunning new production of Turandot
27 Sep 16 / DC Metro Theater Arts
A 'Turandot' both silly and serious
26 Sep 16 / Philadelphia Inquirer
Opera company revising 'Turandot' over Asian depictions
Opera Philadelphia is agreeing to make changes in its marketing and production of Puccini's "Turandot" because of complaints it perpetuates stereotypes about Asians.
Breaking the Waves

Opera Philadelphia


No. of reviews: 8

A Lars von Trier opera makes a splash
2 Oct 16 / Phindie
Missy Mazzoli’s new opera: luminous beauty and moving human insight
1 Oct 16 / Seen and Heard
Opera Philadelphia triumphs with Breaking the Waves
29 Sep 16 / Broadway World
Adultery in the name of love
27 Sep 16 / Wall Street Journal (via Google)
Flawed masterpiece: Missy Mazzoli's Breaking the Waves opens in Philadelphia
27 Sep 16 / Bachtrack
'Breaking the Waves' lends musical heft to a von Trier tale
26 Sep 16 / New York Times
A troubling and engrossing world premiere
25 Sep 16 / The Opera Critic
A great operatic package if you can take it
24 Sep 16 / Philadelphia Inquirer
Lars von Trier's 'true love story' becomes an opera
With Breaking the Waves, composer Missy Mazzoli and librettist Royce Vavrek have adapted von Trier’s bleak 1996 fable set in an insular Calvinist community on the coast of Scotland.
Macbeth

Opera Philadelphia


No. of reviews: 2

A thoughtful and moving take on Verdi's Macbeth
29 Sep 16 / The Opera Critic
It made perfect, horrible sense
27 Sep 16 / Wall Street Journal (via Google)
L'elisir d'amore

Opera Philadelphia


No. of reviews: 5

Theatrical distractions mar an otherwise witty and well sung Elisir
9 May 16 / The Opera Critic
Restoring Much of the Sparkle to Donizetti’s Elixir
7 May 16 / Seen and Heard
Opera Philly’s charming Elixir
6 May 16 / The Huffington Post
Ever may the fruit be plucked
5 May 16 / Phindie
Sarah Shafer's crystalline voice graces Opera Philadelphia
4 May 16 / Philadelphia Inquirer
Capriccio

Opera Philadelphia


No. of reviews: 3

Kirsten MacKinnon leads a splendid cast with her clear pure vocals and expressive acting
14 Mar 16 / DC Metro Theater Arts
'Capriccio': Surges, stalls - but a charming conversation on opera and art
14 Mar 16 / Philadelphia Inquirer
A compelling battle between words and music
14 Mar 16 / The Opera Critic
Cold Mountain

Opera Philadelphia


No. of reviews: 6

Impressive cast and production for East Coast premiere of Cold Mountain
13 Feb 16 / Seen and Heard
An intimate take on a big spectacle
12 Feb 16 / The Opera Critic
Cold Mountain again proved an impressive first opera and a memorable theatrical experience
12 Feb 16 / Opera News
When this cruel war is over
9 Feb 16 / parterre box
Opera Philadelphia deserves congratulations on yet another coup
9 Feb 16 / Opera Today
Often stirring, if not always inspired
8 Feb 16 / Philadelphia Inquirer
La Traviata

Opera Philadelphia


No. of reviews: 5

El amor, la alegría y la vida destruidos por la hipocresía
14 Jan 16 / Mundo Clásico (Spanish)
Lisette Oropesa makes an impressive debut as Violetta
28 Oct 15 / The Opera Critic
Lost soul
13 Oct 15 / parterre box
This 'La traviata' makes news
7 Oct 15 / Philadelphia Inquirer
Opera Philadelphia’s emotionally compelling and thought-provoking La traviata
7 Oct 15 / Seen and Heard
ANDY: A Popera

Opera Philadelphia


No. of reviews: 4

El respeto al pop art
5 Oct 15 / Mundo Clásico (Spanish)
Warhol brought to the popera stage
1 Oct 15 / The Opera Critic
A party, with no rules
16 Sep 15 / Philadelphia Inquirer
An exciting world premiere
13 Sep 15 / Phindie
Don Carlo

Opera Philadelphia


No. of reviews: 6

El hundimiento del Imperio de España
6 Aug 15 / Mundo Clásico (Spanish)
The vulnerability of a tyrant
6 May 15 / The Opera Critic
A “Don Carlo” to thrill the ear but disappoint the eye
6 May 15 / Seen and Heard
Eric Owens’ debut in Philly Don Carlo another bold feat
5 May 15 / Classical Voice North America
An underdone 'Don Carlo'
29 Apr 15 / Philadelphia Inquirer
An air of decay: Don Carlo opens at Opera Philadelphia
28 Apr 15 / Bachtrack
In ‘Don Carlo’ productions, singers tease out a King’s humanity
Even if everyone loves a bad boy, the appeal of Philip II in Verdi’s “Don Carlo” is hard to explain.
Charlie Parker's YARDBIRD

Opera Philadelphia


No. of reviews: 9

El fantasma desde el purgatorio de Birdland
11 Jul 15 / Mundo Clásico (Spanish)
An interesting musical experiment
19 Jun 15 / Opera Today
Operatic portrait of a jazz legend
17 Jun 15 / Seen and Heard
He knew why the caged bird sings
11 Jun 15 / Bachtrack
A jazz great jams in limbo
10 Jun 15 / Wall Street Journal (via Google)
‘Charlie Parker’s Yardbird’ uses opera to tell a jazz story
8 Jun 15 / New York Times
‘Yardbird’ sings but fails to fly at Opera Philadelphia
8 Jun 15 / Washington Post
A caged bird sings
8 Jun 15 / The Opera Critic
'Charlie Parker's Yardbird' soars
7 Jun 15 / Philadelphia Inquirer
Ariadne auf Naxos

Opera Philadelphia


No. of reviews: 6

On the beach with Ariadne & Ginger
13 Mar 15 / ConcertoNet (English)
A perceptive and witty Ariadne auf Naxos
12 Mar 15 / Seen and Heard
Good singing and pop references in Curtis Opera Theater's Ariadne auf Naxos
12 Mar 15 / Bachtrack
'Ariadne auf Naxos' combines Curtis, Kimmel, Opera Philadelphia, slapstick, and seriousness
8 Mar 15 / Philadelphia Inquirer
'Ariadne' at the Perelman is among the most dazzling shows of the season
7 Mar 15 / Philadelphia City Paper
Clowns and opera collide
7 Mar 15 / Phindie
Oscar

Opera Philadelphia


No. of reviews: 7

Oscar East Coast premiere at Opera Philadelphia
22 Feb 15 / Broadway World
Opera Philadelphia delivers East Coast premiere of 'Oscar'
13 Feb 15 / Baltimore Sun
East Coast premiere of Theodore Morrison’s Oscar
12 Feb 15 / Seen and Heard
The ups and downs of Morrison's Oscar
12 Feb 15 / The Opera Critic
'Oscar' too often forgets it's opera
11 Feb 15 / Philadelphia Inquirer
Born to be wilde
11 Feb 15 / parterre box
Opera Philadelphia's Oscar disappoints despite strong performances
10 Feb 15 / Bachtrack
Il barbiere di Siviglia

Opera Philadelphia


No. of reviews: 4

Opera Philadelphia’s Barbiere offers laughs in plenty, and in impeccable style
17 Oct 14 / Seen and Heard
The barber gets clipped
16 Oct 14 / The Opera Critic
'Barber of Seville' in a luscious setting
30 Sep 14 / Philadelphia Inquirer
Almodóvar influenced Barbiere in Philadelphia
30 Sep 14 / Bachtrack
A Coffin in Egypt

Opera Philadelphia


No. of reviews: 6

Coffin makes fine vehicle for Frederica von Stade
20 Jun 14 / Seen and Heard
Von Stade goes out (or not?) with a bang in "A Coffin in Egypt"
13 Jun 14 / Philadelphia City Paper
Von Stade nails the coffin
12 Jun 14 / The Opera Critic
Tale of a time-tested woman
11 Jun 14 / Philadelphia Inquirer
A diva reclaims the stage with authority
10 Jun 14 / Wall Street Journal (via Google)
Even with von Stade, Gordon’s inert “Coffin” is a deadly night in Philadelphia
9 Jun 14 / Classical Review
Von Stade goes deep into the heart of Texas
For months, mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade studied 90-year-old Myrtle Bledsoe, her character in the chamber opera A Coffin in Egypt.
Don Giovanni

Opera Philadelphia


No. of reviews: 3

The foibles of Don Giovanni at Opera Philadelphia
20 May 14 / Broadway World
A Don Giovanni with an emphasis on the jocularity
12 May 14 / The Opera Critic
'Don Giovanni' on a bumpy road to hell
29 Apr 14 / Philadelphia Inquirer
Salome

Opera Philadelphia


No. of reviews: 3

A perfect fit for the Philadelphia Orchestra
12 May 14 / The Opera Critic
Philly Orchestra's 'Salome' goes beyond restraint
10 May 14 / Philadelphia Inquirer
'Salome' at Opera Philadelphia brings a 'rafter-rousing ovation'
10 May 14 / Philadelphia City Paper
Dialogues des Carmelites

Opera Philadelphia


No. of reviews: 2

Curtis' 'Carmelites' undone by confused production
15 Mar 14 / Philadelphia Inquirer
Poulenc’s dynamic Dialogues
15 Mar 14 / ConcertoNet (English)
Ainadamar

Opera Philadelphia


No. of reviews: 3

A visually and aurally stunning experience
28 Feb 14 / The Opera Critic
Opera Philadelphia presents Golijov's Ainadamar
15 Feb 14 / Broadway World
'Ainadamar' fills the Academy with passion
11 Feb 14 / Philadelphia Inquirer
Svadba - Wedding

Opera Philadelphia


No. of reviews: 5

Philhadelphia Opera:”Svadba-Wedding”
12 Nov 13 / GBOPERA
Svadba (Wedding) makes US premiere at Opera Philadelphia
10 Nov 13 / Broadway World
Eat, drink and be married
8 Nov 13 / The Opera Critic
It's ladies' night at the opera
5 Nov 13 / Wall Street Journal (via Google)
Opera Philadelphia presents American premiere of mesmerizing “Svadba”
4 Nov 13 / Classical Review
Nabucco

Opera Philadelphia


No. of reviews: 4

Veni, Vidi, Verdi
5 Oct 13 / ConcertoNet (English)
Nabucco opens Opera Philadelphia season with a La Scala recreation
3 Oct 13 / Broadway World
This 'Nabucco' evokes two eras
1 Oct 13 / Philadelphia Inquirer
Thanks for coming, now get out of here
1 Oct 13 / The Opera Critic
Powder her Face

Opera Philadelphia


No. of reviews: 3

Was she top, or the bottom?
24 Jun 13 / The Opera Critic
Powder Her Face stuns at Opera Philadelphia
13 Jun 13 / Broadway World
The Duchess is fabulous - the opera is, too
11 Jun 13 / Philadelphia Inquirer
Die Zauberflöte

Opera Philadelphia


No. of reviews: 2

A visually stunning Magic Flute at Opera Philadelphia
26 Apr 13 / Broadway World
Opera Philadelphia did pull a rabbit out of the hat - though a small one
23 Apr 13 / Philadelphia Inquirer
Silent Night

Opera Philadelphia


No. of reviews: 5

Viene dall’America, ma è un’opera di respiro mondiale
18 Feb 13 / GBOPERA
Opera Philadelphia offers East Coast premiere of Kevin Puts' 'Silent Night'
17 Feb 13 / Baltimore Sun
Tenors amid the turmoil of war in the trenches
13 Feb 13 / New York Times
'Silent Night,' eloquent WWI opera, has its east coast premiere in Philadelphia
13 Feb 13 / The Huffington Post
Opera about truce is a clear victory
13 Feb 13 / Philadelphia Inquirer
La bohème

Opera Company of Philadelphia


No. of reviews: 2

Un éxito absoluto
8 Dec 12 / Mundo Clásico (Spanish)
An artistic bohème
5 Nov 12 / The Opera Critic
Dark Sisters

Opera Company of Philadelphia


No. of reviews: 3

A missed opportunity
14 Jun 12 / The Opera Critic
Opera Phila's Dark Sisters powerfully illuminates female suffering
13 Jun 12 / Bachtrack
"Dark Sisters" an entrancing, oddball look at American life
13 Jun 12 / Philadelphia Inquirer
Nico Muhly’s many opinions on polygamists, opera and idiocy
The brash young composer Nico Muhly – much to the surprise of many but probably not to himself – turned out to be right.
Manon Lescaut

Opera Company of Philadelphia


No. of reviews: 2

Michelle Johnson soars as Manon Lescaut
7 May 12 / The Opera Critic
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News & Articles

Lawrence Brownlee joins Opera Philadelphia as Artistic Advisor
Brownlee will work with the company to advise and advocate for expanded repertoire, provide insights on diversity in artistic practices and community initiatives.
31 Mar 2017 / Broadway World
Opera Philadelphia season includes the new festival O17
Opera Philadelphia's newly announced 2017-18 season happens in two parts: an ambitious fall festival called O17, and a two-production spring lineup.
28 Feb 2017 / Philadelphia Inquirer
Lars von Trier's 'true love story' becomes an opera
With Breaking the Waves, composer Missy Mazzoli and librettist Royce Vavrek have adapted von Trier’s bleak 1996 fable set in an insular Calvinist community on the coast of Scotland.
22 Sep 2016 / The Guardian
Opera company revising 'Turandot' over Asian depictions
Opera Philadelphia is agreeing to make changes in its marketing and production of Puccini's "Turandot" because of complaints it perpetuates stereotypes about Asians.
21 Sep 2016 / Associated Press
Apollo Theater and Opera Philadelphia to continue partnership
After this weekend’s New York premiere of “Charlie Parker’s Yardbird,” the two institutions will continue to team up to stage contemporary operas over the next few years.
1 Apr 2016 / New York Times