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Opera Philadelphia Announces New Name, New Season

February 1, 2013 | By Frank Luzi
Director of Communications
“This is an exciting season with a broad range of operatic experiences that will surprise and delight audiences. Our very first Nabucco opens the season in stunning fashion, with Thaddeus Strassberger’s gorgeously designed production bringing colorful life to Verdi’s landmark opera,” said Devan. “The 2013-2014 Season offers a roster of inspiring and talented singers, from homegrown rising superstars like Elliot Madore and Michelle Johnson, who co-star in Don Giovanni, to the legendary mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade, who makes her company debut in Ricky Ian Gordon’s new work, A Coffin in Egypt.”

“It is a remarkably varied repertoire,” said Rovaris. “Ranging from the expressive, lyrical contemporary music of Osvaldo Golijov’s Ainadamar, with its Spanish-influenced rhythms, to one of opera’s greatest works, Mozart’s Don Giovanni, we believe this season embraces this art form in its entirety, for the full enjoyment of our local, national and international audiences.”

The popular Aurora Series for Chamber Opera at the Perelman Theater returns with two new productions: Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites, starring the gifted young voices of the Curtis Opera Theatre, under Artistic Director Mikael Eliasen; and the American Repertoire Program’s East Coast Premiere of A Coffin in Egypt, a new co-commission and co-production with Houston Grand Opera from composer Ricky Ian Gordon, whose effervescent style has spanned opera (The Grapes of Wrath) and theatrical song (Green Sneakers, Orpheus and Euridice).

The new season also brings a new, more contemporary name for the organization, which has operated as the Opera Company of Philadelphia since the 1975 merger of the Philadelphia Lyric Opera Company and the Philadelphia Grand Opera Company. The Opera unveiled its new name with a short film that can be viewed at http://www.operaphila.org/opera-philadelphia.

“This rebranding is not just an expression of Opera Philadelphia’s future ambitions, but the next step in a creative journey that began several years ago,” said Devan. “Since 2006, Opera Philadelphia has moved quickly to diversify our repertoire, identify and cultivate rising new talent, and present innovative programs, all in an effort to connect with people in powerful ways. We believe the name Opera Philadelphia represents a thriving present and a bold future for opera in our city, and we invite you to come out and shape that future with us.”

FULL DETAILS OF ALL FIVE PRODUCTIONS are available at http://www.operaphila.org/press-room/2013-2014-season. Nabucco, Ainadamar and Don Giovanni are performed at The Academy of Music, Broad and Locust Streets. Curtis Opera Theatre’s Dialogues of the Carmelites and Opera Philadelphia’s A Coffin in Egypt are performed at the Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Broad and Spruce Streets. Performance times: Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m.; Fridays at 8:00 p.m.; Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. Full season subscriptions to Opera at the Academy or the Aurora Series for Chamber Opera at the Perelman Theater are available beginning Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at noon at operaphila.org, or by calling 215-732-8400 (Monday through Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) Single tickets for Nabucco will go on sale in August, and the spring 2014 season will go on sale in December 2013 via Ticket Philadelphia at operaphila.org or 215-893-1018.

SUPPORT FOR OPERA PHILADELPHIA: Opera Philadelphia is supported by major grants from Wyncote Foundation, The William Penn Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, The Pew Charitable Trusts, The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage through the Philadelphia Music Project, Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Fidelity Foundation, Jacob Burns Foundation, Inc., Independence Foundation, and The Lenfest Foundation. US Airways is the official airline of Opera Philadelphia. YAMAHA is the official piano of Opera Philadelphia. Hyatt at the Bellevue is the official hotel of Opera Philadelphia. Burdumy Motors Incorporated is the official automotive dealership of Opera Philadelphia. Opera Philadelphia receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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