Opera Philadelphia

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Marriages of Figaro: Opera Philadelphia stars are partners on and off stage

Layla Claire and John Chest appear as Mozart’s unhappily married Count and Countess weeks before their own nuptials.

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Neal Zoren’s BEST OF PHILADELPHIA THEATER, 2016

Neal Zoren chose his favorite productions, directors, and actors from the last year.

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Opera in Sketch: BREAKING THE WAVES

This opera was really something else. An adaptation by Mizzy Mazzolli (music) and Royce Vavrek (libretto) of a movie by Lars von Trier.

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TURANDOT (Opera Philadelphia): Puccini at the Academy

Giacomo Puccini (born 1858) left his last opera, TURANDOT, unfinished at his death in 1924.

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Deb Miller’s Top Picks for the 2016 Philadelphia Fringe Festival

Can’t decide what to see in the 2016 Philadelphia Fringe Festival? Check out Deb Miller’s recommendations in her annual top picks preview.

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THE ELIXIR OF LOVE (Opera Philadelphia): Ever may the fruit be plucked

A uniformly wonderful cast provide bright, sunshiny fun in this lively, fast-moving, exuberant staging of Gaetano Donizetti’s romantic comedy.

Marc Bamuthi Joseph at a student meet and greet for Opera Philadelphia’s We Shall Not Be Moved (Photo credit: Philip Todd)

Opera Is Now Open: Opera Philadelphia Unveils its Plans for O17

Opera Philadelphia announces its new cutting-edge direction with a twelve-day urban opera festival that will debut in September 2017.

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LA TRAVIATA (Opera Philadelphia): A stunning new design and a stellar new Violetta

A refreshed rendition of Verdi’s tragic opera features the impressive house and role debut of Lisette Oropesa as the titular “fallen woman” and a stunning design that purposefully pairs the distant past with recent times.

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ANDY: A POPERA (Opera Philadelphia & The Bearded Ladies): 2015 Fringe Review 37

An exciting multi-media collaboration reflects the operatic life and times of Andy Warhol and the Pop Sixties.

Promotional image for Sam Tower + Ensemble’s 901 NOWHERE STREET, with Emilie Krause (Photo credit: Lauren Tuvell)

Deb Miller’s 15 Top Picks for the 2015 Fringe Festival

Top Philly theater writer Deb Miller previews the best of the 2015 Philadelphia Fringe Festival.

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Vulcan Lyric: New name, new festival

With a new name and a revived sense of purpose, Vulcan Lyric is prepared to bring new works of musical theater to Philadelphia audiences over the summer.

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ARIADNE AUF NAXOS (Curtis Opera Theatre/Opera Philadelphia): Clowns and opera collide

ARIADNE AUF NAXOS predates Stephen Sondheim’s “Sunday in the Park with George” and David Hirson’s “La Bête” by decades, but the situation its plot depicts brings both of those later 20th century works to mind.

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OSCAR (Opera Philadelphia): High notes and low in the life of Oscar Wilde

We see the tragedy of Oscar Wilde’s life played out creatively and movingly in OSCAR, a thoughtfully crafted opera by Theodore Morrison and John Cox,

The cast of ANDY: A POPERA elevating Sean Lally, who stars as Warhol “expert” Dr. Peter Never (Photo credit: Kate Raines Plate 3 Photography)

ANDY: A POPERA (The Bearded Ladies Cabaret): The Enigma of Warhol

A post-modern fusion of Pop art with opera, ANDY: A POPERA, a work-in-progress by the Bearded Ladies Cabaret, explores the enormous fame and legacy of Andy Warhol, with elements of both tragic opera and opera buffa. The synthesis reflects in part the ambiance of Warhol’s Factory in the Sixties.

Promotional image for ANDY: A POPERA by The Bearded Ladies Cabaret (Photo credit: Design by Flying Hand Studio, photo by Kate Raines Plate 3 Photography, Make-Up by Rebecca Kanach)

15 Questions in 15 Minutes with John Jarboe

The Bearded Ladies extend their proverbial 15 minutes of fame this week with the opening of their cabaret residency of ANDY: A POPERA in the lobby of the Wilma Theater,…

The Bearded Ladies and Opera Philadelphia present Stage 2 in the development of Warhol-inspired ANDY: A Popera

Wednesday, July 16th, The Bearded Ladies and Opera Philadelphia will lay down stakes in the lobby of the Wilma Theatre, and, for two short weeks, perform an hour-long cabaret inspired by the outrageously influential life of Andy Warhol. Featuring original music by Heath Allen.

Rendering of the initial design for the FringeArts outdoor plaza (Photo credit: WRT Planning & Design)

FringeArts Progress Report: The latest on the High Pressure Fire Service Building of 1903

Since my initial tour of the new FringeArts headquarters in August 2012, the projected opening (originally set for the Spring of 2013, then for the 2013 Festival in September) has…