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Major works in the country’s most historic opera house

The Academy of Music

Opera Philadelphia often performs large-scale works at The Academy of Music. Credit: G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia



Philadelphia’s only producer of grand opera, Opera Philadelphia is home to some of the industry’s brightest singers, composers, directors and conductors.

Opera Philadelphia is committed to embracing innovation and developing opera for the 21st century. Described as “the very model of a modern opera company” by the Washington Post, Opera Philadelphia was the only American finalist for the 2016 International Opera Award for Best Opera Company.

Performance offerings include large-scale works at the historic Academy of Music, intimate chamber operas in the Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, and community performances, which focus on creative partnerships and enhanced accessibility.

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O17 Festival

Described by Opera News as “a groundbreaking new festival format,” O17 is Opera Philadelphia’s inaugural fall festival: seven operatic happenings staged over the course of twelve days in six venues across the city.

This unprecedented civic experiment transforms Philadelphia into an urban stage, where diverse audiences gather to share an experience and amplify human connectedness. More information about all performances is below. Click here for the latest ticket information.

  • The Magic Flute (Exclusive East Coast Appearance): The LA Times calls this whimsical production “a stunning live-action cartoon” and “fun for the whole family.” September 15–24 | Academy of Music
  • Elizabeth Cree (World Premiere): the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts and librettist Mark Campbell combine the historical with the imaginary in this dark and daring work. September 14–23 | Perelman Theater
  • SOLD OUT! We Shall Not Be Moved (World Premiere): A timely exploration of past and present struggles which suggests an alternate future through the eyes of its five young protagonists. September 16–24 | The Wilma Theater
  • SOLD OUT! War Stories (Philadelphia Premiere): This double-bill presents a jarring, complex view of war and its costs. September 16–23 | Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • SOLD OUT! The Wake World (World Premiere):  In a one-act opera inspired by Crowley’s ecstatic fairy tale The Wake World, visitors will experience Dr. Barnes’s collection like never before. September 18–25 | The Barnes Foundation
  • Sondra Radvanovsky in Recital: Opera Philadelphia is thrilled to welcome the superstar soprano for a one-night- only solo recital with collaborative pianist, Anthony Manoli.  September 16 | Perelman Theater
  • Opera on the Mall: The Marriage of Figaro (Presented by PNC Arts Alive): Opera Philadelphia's annual, FREE opera broadcast in the shadow of Independence Hall presents Mozart’s screwball comedy.

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