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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.

Committed to embracing innovation and developing opera for the 21st Century, Opera Philadelphia creates outstanding productions of both classic and new operatic works that resonate within the community, assembles the finest international creative artists and presents a wide array of programming that educates, deepens, and diversifies the opera audience in Philadelphia and beyond.

Performance offerings include large-scale works at the historic Academy of Music, intimate chamber operas as part of the Aurora Series for Chamber Opera at the Perelman Theater, and frequent community performances which focus on creative partnerships and enhanced accessibility.

The company typically presents five opera productions per season. Under the leadership of General Director David B. Devan, the company has launched the American Repertoire Program, a commitment to produce a new American opera in each of ten seasons.

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Cold Mountain at the Academy of Music

Dates: February 5-14, 2016

Opera Philadelphia presents the East Coast Premiere of Cold Mountain, based on the National Book Award-winning novel by Charles Frazier with music by Pulitzer Prize-winner Jennifer Higdon and libretto by acclaimed librettist Gene Scheer.

Fatigued by the horrors of the Civil War, deserter W.P. Inman (Grammy-winning baritone Nathan Gunn) foots the arduous terrain of North Carolina toward home and the salve of his love, Ada Monroe (celebrated mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard), herself transformed by his absence. Once a Southern lady of privilege, Ada adapts to years of profound deprivation thanks to a resourceful new friend, Ruby (rising star Cecelia Hall). Inman’s odyssey home is plagued by not only the Home Guard’s marshals, but a more gruesome possibility: has the war’s violence withered his human capacity to love? And further, what truly makes a man a human?

A gripping story of love, honor, and determination set against the backdrop of the Civil War, Cold Mountain runs at the historic Academy of Music from February 5-14, 2016.

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