Opera Philadelphia - Philadelphia
21 January 2020

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Semele

Opera Philadelphia


No. of reviews: 7

James Darrah’s Semele in Philadelphia: a revelatory blend of depth and brilliance
11 Oct 19 / Seen and Heard
A musical treat
29 Sep 19 / The Opera Critic
Handel’s “Semele” excels with Amanda Forsythe, Daniela Mack and Alek Shrader
28 Sep 19 / Opera Warhorses
Amanda Forsythe a truly overwhelming Semele in Opera Philadelphia's Festival O
25 Sep 19 / Bachtrack
A festival adds to opera’s soaring body count
24 Sep 19 / New York Times
Fiery, full-throated Semele
23 Sep 19 / Opera Today
Opera Philadelphia’s ‘Semele’ is an embarrassment of richness in its vocal work, could use some decluttering stagewise
21 Sep 19 / Philadelphia Inquirer
Denis & Katya

Opera Philadelphia


No. of reviews: 9

Star-crossed pairings in “Porgy and Bess” and “Denis & Katya"
8 Oct 19 / The New Yorker
The immortality code: death, transfiguration, and arias at opera Philadelphia’s O19
7 Oct 19 / San Francisco Classical Voice
Philip Venables’ compelling opera premieres at Festival O19
3 Oct 19 / Seen and Heard
A unique insight into a real-life incident
29 Sep 19 / The Opera Critic
Total ellipse
24 Sep 19 / parterre box
Edgy, haunting Denis & Katya
21 Sep 19 / Opera Today
Philip Venables’s work uses slender resources to tell a troubling real-life story
20 Sep 19 / Financial Times (via Google)
O19 opens with game-changing world premiere of ‘Denis & Katya’
20 Sep 19 / Philadelphia Inquirer
The world premiere of Denis & Katya at Opera Philadelphia
20 Sep 19 / Broadway World
Let Me Die

Opera Philadelphia


No. of reviews: 2

The immortality code: death, transfiguration, and arias at opera Philadelphia’s O19
7 Oct 19 / San Francisco Classical Voice
A death a minute in Let Me Die at Opera Philadelphia’s Festival O19
2 Oct 19 / Seen and Heard
The Love for Three Oranges

Opera Philadelphia


No. of reviews: 7

Delightful, effervescent and so much fun
5 Oct 19 / Seen and Heard
Oranges--Opera Philadelphia's O19 shows us what the difference is
30 Sep 19 / Broadway World
Opera Philadelphia’s richly melodic, laugh-filled “Love for Three Oranges”
28 Sep 19 / Opera Warhorses
It is hard to imagine a more animated, engaging, and musically accomplished night
25 Sep 19 / Opera Today
Prokofiev's commedia dell’arte showpiece in Philadelphia
25 Sep 19 / Bachtrack
A Festival adds to opera’s soaring body count
24 Sep 19 / New York Times
Tales of the citrus
24 Sep 19 / parterre box
Riders to the Sea

Opera Philadelphia


No. of reviews: 4

Curtis Opera Theatre presents powerful Vaughan Williams and Orth double bill
13 May 19 / Seen and Heard
Vaughan Williams and Orth picture death in the family
10 May 19 / ConcertoNet (English)
Riding on empty
7 May 19 / parterre box
Vaughn Williams’s music is wonderfully dirge-like and grim
6 May 19 / Phindie
Empty the House

Opera Philadelphia


No. of reviews: 4

Curtis Opera Theatre presents powerful Vaughan Williams and Orth double bill
13 May 19 / Seen and Heard
Vaughan Williams and Orth picture death in the family
10 May 19 / ConcertoNet (English)
Riding on empty
7 May 19 / parterre box
A work with tragic overtones
6 May 19 / Phindie
La bohème

Opera Philadelphia


No. of reviews: 5

Young lovers take flight and soar in Opera Philadelphia’s La bohème
6 May 19 / Seen and Heard
Opera Philadelphia decorates La bohème with Impressionist art
30 Apr 19 / Bachtrack
Pigment of the imagination
29 Apr 19 / parterre box
Art imitates life in La bohème at Opera Philadelphia
29 Apr 19 / Broadway World
In Opera Philadelphia’s new ‘La boheme,’ the Barnes and Art Museum have starring roles
28 Apr 19 / Philadelphia Inquirer
Don Giovanni

Opera Philadelphia


No. of reviews: 1

Contrasting approaches to Mozart
1 Apr 19 / The Opera Critic
A Midsummer Night's Dream

Opera Philadelphia


No. of reviews: 6

Opera Philadelphia and Britten’s Dream: magical enough, if not inspired
18 Feb 19 / Seen and Heard
Opera Philadelphia’s “Midsummer” is dreamy
17 Feb 19 / Out In Jersey
A magical Midsummer Night's Dream
17 Feb 19 / The Opera Critic
From Mechanicals to leaping Puck, a dream Dream
16 Feb 19 / Classical Voice North America
Operatic ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ claims an orbit of its own
10 Feb 19 / Philadelphia Inquirer
Fairy magic and flying beds
10 Feb 19 / Phindie
Ne Quittez Pas

Opera Philadelphia


No. of reviews: 4

A reimagined La voix humaine
8 Oct 18 / The Opera Critic
What a complicated evening
2 Oct 18 / Phindie
Reimagining Poulenc’s La voix humaine
28 Sep 18 / Seen and Heard
In Opera Philadelphia’s re-imagined La voix humaine, diva Patricia Racette had a tough “act” to follow
26 Sep 18 / Opera Today
Glass Handel

Opera Philadelphia


No. of reviews: 5

Costanzo blasts off with Glass/Handel
3 Oct 18 / ConcertoNet (English)
An extravagant evening of sensory sensations
1 Oct 18 / The Opera Critic
Anthony Roth Costanzo moves us — literally
25 Sep 18 / Philadelphia Inquirer
‘Lucia’ unvarnished, Handel unbound: Opera Philadelphia festival strikes again
25 Sep 18 / Washington Post
Anthony Roth Costanzo provided both accomplished vocal muscle and aesthetic savvy as a producer
25 Sep 18 / Opera News
Lucia di Lammermoor

Opera Philadelphia


No. of reviews: 5

Musical excellence is marred by a flawed production
1 Oct 18 / The Opera Critic
Mad about Lucia
26 Sep 18 / Opera Today
Brenda Rae is a stunning Lucia for Opera Philadelphia
25 Sep 18 / Seen and Heard
‘Lucia’ unvarnished, Handel unbound: Opera Philadelphia festival strikes again
25 Sep 18 / Washington Post
Opera Philadelphia disappoints with an uninspiring rendition of Lucia di Lammermoor
23 Sep 18 / Philadelphia Inquirer
Sky on Swings

Opera Philadelphia


No. of reviews: 6

Love in the time of Alzheimer’s
26 Sep 18 / Seen and Heard
Sky on Swings: a heart-wrenching world première at Opera Philadelphia
25 Sep 18 / Bachtrack
Unsettling, riveting Sky on Swings
24 Sep 18 / Opera Today
A compelling vision of two women with Alzheimer’s
23 Sep 18 / The Opera Critic
‘Sky on Swings,’ the Alzheimer’s opera, opens O18 festival with a winner
23 Sep 18 / Philadelphia Inquirer
Alzheimer's opera 'Sky on Swings' opens in Philadelphia
22 Sep 18 / Associated Press
Carmen

Opera Philadelphia


No. of reviews: 5

Daniela Mack sizzles as Carmen for Opera Philadelphia
8 May 18 / Seen and Heard
Opera Philadelphia closes season with triumphant 'Carmen'
6 May 18 / The Philadelphia Tribune
A new Carmen, colorful but tame
3 May 18 / The Opera Critic
Billboards, red dresses and a green balloon
1 May 18 / Bachtrack
A visually provocative, well-cast production
29 Apr 18 / Philadelphia Inquirer
A Quiet Place

Opera Philadelphia


No. of reviews: 2

Making the case for Bernstein’s A Quiet Place
19 Mar 18 / Seen and Heard
This chamber version of A Quiet Place still packs an emotional punch
14 Mar 18 / The Opera Critic
Written on Skin

Opera Philadelphia


No. of reviews: 8

Benjamin’s contemporary opera of uncertain aim and reach
23 Feb 18 / Seen and Heard
A superb production of George Benjamin’s Written on Skin
21 Feb 18 / Seen and Heard
Sex, angels and cannibalism
20 Feb 18 / Bachtrack
Written indelibly on skin
19 Feb 18 / The Opera Critic
No heart on the sleeve of Written on Skin at Opera Philadelphia
14 Feb 18 / Broadway World
A dilettante at large
13 Feb 18 / Phindie
‘Written on Skin,’ an opera of love, betrayal and a little cannibalism
12 Feb 18 / New York Times
Opera Philadelphia's 'Written on Skin' a new take on a not-so-old opera
11 Feb 18 / Philadelphia Inquirer
We Shall Not Be Moved

Opera Philadelphia


No. of reviews: 7

Standing their ground
1 Oct 17 / TheaterJones
The opera's message is delivered with stirring music, impressive direction and excellent performances
26 Sep 17 / DC Metro Theater Arts
Moved takes on Philadelphia headlines
22 Sep 17 / Opera Today
Roumain and Joseph's opera succeeds on the level of art and not just polemic
21 Sep 17 / Opera News
Our engagement and catharsis come from the moving music and images
20 Sep 17 / Phindie
Squatters’ rites, sacred sites in We Shall Not Be Moved
19 Sep 17 / Bachtrack
Has anything changed? Opera Philadelphia uses MOVE as a lens
18 Sep 17 / Philadelphia Inquirer
I Have No Stories to Tell You

Opera Philadelphia


No. of reviews: 4

Opera Philadelphia mixes old and new with two one-act operas
1 Oct 17 / TheaterJones
A clever pairing of two music dramas dealing with battles
26 Sep 17 / DC Metro Theater Arts
At war with Philadelphia
22 Sep 17 / Opera Today
Opera, war, PTSD, and bright ideas that don't quite gel
18 Sep 17 / Philadelphia Inquirer
Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda

Opera Philadelphia


No. of reviews: 4

Opera Philadelphia mixes old and new with two one-act operas
1 Oct 17 / TheaterJones
A clever pairing of two music dramas dealing with battles
26 Sep 17 / DC Metro Theater Arts
At war with Philadelphia
22 Sep 17 / Opera Today
Opera, war, PTSD, and bright ideas that don't quite gel
18 Sep 17 / Philadelphia Inquirer
Die Zauberflöte

Opera Philadelphia


No. of reviews: 6

This production was a fascinating lens to look through
30 Sep 17 / Phindie
Of fairy tales and trials at Opera Philadelphia's Wake World and Magic Flute
29 Sep 17 / Broadway World
A dazzling reinvented Mozart at the O17 Festival
23 Sep 17 / Phindie
Strange magic
21 Sep 17 / TheaterJones
Magicking Flutes – and pink elephants – in the Roaring Twenties in Philadelphia
19 Sep 17 / Bachtrack
Mozart by way of Monty Python and Edward Gorey
17 Sep 17 / Philadelphia Inquirer
The Wake World

Opera Philadelphia


No. of reviews: 4

Of fairy tales and trials at Opera Philadelphia's Wake World and Magic Flute
29 Sep 17 / Broadway World
An immersive experience which transports the audience into an other-worldly existence
24 Sep 17 / DC Metro Theater Arts
Opera Philadelphia had premiered a third striking new work within five days
23 Sep 17 / Opera News
O17 hits the Barnes with a hallucinatory fairy tale
20 Sep 17 / Philadelphia Inquirer
Elizabeth Cree

Opera Philadelphia


No. of reviews: 6

Murder, she sang
20 Sep 17 / TheaterJones
Putting on great opera can be murder
20 Sep 17 / Opera Today
Elizabeth Cree is worth repeated viewings for its vivid characters, ingenious development and gripping music
17 Sep 17 / DC Metro Theater Arts
Murder she wrote: Elizabeth Cree launch Opera Philadelphia's Fall Festival
16 Sep 17 / Bachtrack
Three brilliant performances anchored the opera
16 Sep 17 / Opera News
'Elizabeth Cree' opens O17 festival with bloody good opera
16 Sep 17 / Philadelphia Inquirer
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
Opera Philadelphia speaks softly with fortissimo effect in Tancredi
14 Feb 17 / Philadelphia Inquirer
Death becomes him
14 Feb 17 / parterre box
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
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.
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News & Articles

Opera Philadelphia wins international prize
Denis & Katya, slated to be unveiled as part of Opera Philadelphia’s O19 festival, drew the top honor from Fedora, a Paris-based program.
29 Jun 2019 / Philadelphia Inquirer
Opera Philadelphia’s O19 is down to ‘only’ four productions
In a slightly scaled-back continuation of its festival format, Opera Philadelphia next season will mount two world premieres, Handel's Semele and Prokofiev’s The Love for Three Oranges.
8 Feb 2019 / Philadelphia Inquirer
Summing up Opera Philadelphia’s September festival
Opera Philadelphia’s second annual festival faced a high hurdle. How could it compete with its 2017 ten-day fest where all the big guns were firing.
16 Oct 2018 / The Opera Critic
Opera Philadelphia announces new season
Opera Philadelphia's O18 brings the festival format back - but what about Opera on the Mall?
21 Mar 2018 / Philadelphia Inquirer
How do you get an audience excited for opera?
Opera Philadelphia's O17 festival has begun, turning the city into a giant opera stage for 12 days.
23 Sep 2017 / Washington Post