Sep
19
to Sep 28

Semele with Opera Philadelphia

Semele

Company Premiere
Music by George Frideric Handel
Libretto derived from a drama by English playwright William Congreve
Performed in English with English supertitles
Part of Festival O19

Rife with themes of unbridled love, jealousy, and revenge, Semele gets an energetic makeover courtesy of visionary director James Darrah (Breaking the Waves). Featuring Handel's most glorious orchestral and virtuosic vocal writing, Semele transports audiences to the world of Greek and Roman mythology and its larger-than-life personas: from lustful gods and vengeful goddesses to fallible mortals.

Perelman Theater 

Thu, Sep 19 - 7:00 p.m.
Sat, Sep 21 - 2:00 p.m.
Tue, Sep 24 - 7:00 p.m.
Thu, Sep 26 - 7:00 p.m.
Sat, Sep 28 - 2:00 p.m.

The running time is approximately 3 hours including one 20-minute intermission.

Co-production of Opera Philadelphia and Opera Omaha

Aurora Productions in the Perelman Theater are underwritten, in part, by the Wyncote Foundation at the recommendation of Frederick R. Haas.

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Sep
20
to Sep 29

The Love for Three Oranges

The Love for Three Oranges

Company Premiere
Music by Sergei Prokofiev
Libretto by Sergei Prokofiev and Vera Janacopoulos
Based on Vsevolod Meyerhold’s adaptation of the play by Carlo Gozzi
Performed in English with English supertitles
Part of Festival O19

A favorite of Opera Philadelphia's Music Director Corrado Rovaris, this rarely seen musical gem is a fun, fantastical farce. 

Opulent stage design, a kingdom of colorful characters, and some of Prokofiev's most energetic, accessible music combine for a seriously funny opera about a melancholic prince and his cursed quest for love.

Academy of Music

Fri, Sep 20 - 8:00 p.m.
Sun, Sep 22 - 2:00 p.m.
Fri, Sep 27 - 8:00 p.m.
Sun, Sep 29 - 2:00 p.m.

The running time is approximately 2 hours and 6 minutes including one 20-minute intermission.
Production of Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

Opera at the Academy is underwritten, in part, by Judy and Peter Leone.

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Jan
31
to Feb 2

Verdi's Requiem

Requiem

Concert Performances
Music by Giuseppe Verdi
Performed in Latin


In celebration of Corrado Rovaris's 20th anniversary with Opera Philadelphia, the Opera Philadelphia Orchestra and Chorus present what NPR has called "A conductor's dream come true": Verdi's Requiem.

Joining soloists Leah Crocetto (Don Carlo), Daniela Mack (Carmen), Evan LeRoy Johnson (Carmen), and In-Sung Sim are over 80 instrumentalists and 100 choristers, resulting in a dramatic exploration of the full range of human emotions experienced during the Roman Catholic mass for the dead.

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Academy of Music

Dates are Jan. - Feb. 2020.

Fri, Jan 31 - 8:00 p.m.
Sun, Feb 2 - 2:00 p.m.

Opera at the Academy is underwritten, in part, by Judy and Peter Leone.



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Apr
24
to May 3

Madame Butterfly with Opera Philadelphia

Director Ted Huffman eloquently unravel's Puccini's 115-year-old musical masterpiece for today's audiences, elevating what was once considered a period piece into a modern-day commentary on power dynamics and western exploitation, set soaring with its achingly beautiful score. Corrado Rovaris, Conductor

Academy of Music

Dates are Apr. - May 2020.

Fri, Apr 24 - 8:00 p.m.
Sun, Apr 26 - 2:00 p.m.
Wed, Apr 29 - 7:00 p.m.
Fri, May 1 - 8:00 p.m.
Sun, May 3 - 2:00 p.m.

The running time is approximately 2 hours and 32 minutes including one 20-minute intermission.

Production of Opernhaus Zürich
Opera at the Academy is underwritten, in part, by Judy and Peter Leone.

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Nov
9
3:00 PM15:00

SoundLAB at the 275th Anniversary of the American Philosophical Society

  • American Philosophical Society Benjamin Franklin Hall (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

SoundLAB returns by special invitation to present works by Luciano Berio, Sofia Gubaidulina, and Bernard Rands. Repertoire includes Philadelphia premieres as well as a world premiere in celebration of the American Philosophical Society’s 275th Anniversary.

With special guests, the Daedelus Quartet alongside speakers Bryan Stevenson, Rupal Patel of VocaliD, Dan Jurafsky of Stanford University, and Shree K. Nayar of Columbia University.

Tickets are closed for this event.

Read more about this exciting celebration at https://www.amphilsoc.org.

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Oct
18
7:30 PM19:30

Barnes/Stokowski Festival 10/18 Final Concert: “At First Light”

  • Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

SoundLAB performs Benjamin, Knussen, Thomas, and Three American Premieres

New contemporary music ensemble SoundLAB is led by Music Director Robert Whalen and Artistic Director Katherine Skovira, whose “diabolical enthusiasm…left me nearly begging for mercy...the artistic equivalent of NASA's New Horizons.” (Philadelphia Inquirer). SoundLAB’s final appearance in the Barnes-Stokowski Festival is this virtuosic program of contemporary masterpieces, including 6 Philadelphia premieres and 3 American premieres, with works by Oliver Knussen (1952-2018), George Benjamin, and Composer-in-Residence Augusta Read Thomas. The program features performances of Thomas's Prayer and Celebration and Plea for Peace alongside the works of French composer Michèle Reverdy, Japanese composer Misato Mochizuki and Brazilian composer Michelle Agnes Magalhaes, whose gripping voices will reach a new Philadelphia audience in their American premieres.

This concert is FREE and open to the public, but online RSVPs at https://tickets.philorch.org/reserve/ are encouraged.

Directions: For detailed directions and public transit options, please visit the Cathedral website.

Parking Information:

Convenient parking is available at a variety of garage and street parking locations:

  • Penn Presbyterian Hospital: 51 N 39th Street, 19104. Convenient parking is available in this garage, located at 38th and Filbert streets, or on the open lot at 3910 Filbert Street.

  • UPenn Parking Garage: Walnut 38: 119 S 38th Street at 38th and Walnut. Please visit the website for details.

  • Ample street parking is available using the area’s kiosks. Map to the Cathedral at 23 S 38th St, 19104.

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Oct
17
5:00 PM17:00

Barnes/Stokowski Festival 10/17 Colloquium: Inside the Composer’s Studio with Augusta Read Thomas

  • University of Pennsylvania, Lerner Center Room 210 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

With Augusta Read Thomas

Composer-in-Residence Augusta Read Thomas will discuss her composition process and selected works in this free public lecture as part of the University of Pennsylvania Department of Music’s Colloquium Series.

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Oct
17
9:00 AM09:00

Barnes/Stokowski Festival 10/17 Composer Reading: University of Pennsylvania Graduate Composers

  • University of Pennsylvania Irvine Auditorium (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Featuring SoundLAB and the JACK Quartet

The JACK Quartet and members of SoundLAB will work directly with six talented young composers on new and emerging works in this open workshop in University City. This event is co-hosted by the University of Pennsylvania Department of Music.

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Oct
16
7:30 PM19:30

Barnes/Stokowski Festival 10/16 Concert: “Into Darkness” with the JACK Quartet

  • American Philosophical Society, Benjamin Franklin Hall (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Featuring Haas’ Ninth String Quartet

Contemporary “flute phenom” (Philadelphia Inquirer) Emma Resmini launches SoundLAB “Into Darkness” with the American premiere of Sophie Lacaze’s Archèlogos II for bass flute and accompanying electronic track.  Lacaze created the electronic track out of an archeological dig in the castle of Termes in the Pyrenees of Southern France.  The JACK Quartet, which the Boston Globe describes as “superheroes of the new music world”, will collaborate with SoundLAB on the American premiere of Zosha Di Castri’s, “Contours of Absence” for string octet, written in remembrance of composer Matt Marks.  The JACK Quartet will close the program Philadelphia premiere of Georg Friedrich Haas’s String Quartet no. 9, a vast and dramatic work to be performed in total darkness.

This evening is being live streamed! Listen live to our concert this evening here.

This concert is FREE and open to the public. Space is limited at this event, so early RSVPs online at https://tickets.philorch.org/reserve/ is recommended.

Note: The performance will take place at Benjamin Franklin Hall, around the corner from the APS Museum. Please view the map here.

Parking Information:

Street parking is limited. Convenient parking is available at:

  • Bourse Garage, 400 Ranstead St, Philadelphia, PA 19106, at Ranstead and S 4th Street. Enter after 5PM, exit by 2AM = $10.00 (Tues). Please visit the website for details.

  • Autopark at Independence Mall, 41 N 6th, between Arch and Market St. Enter after 5PM, exit by 3AM = $10.00 (Tues). Please visit the website for details.

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Oct
15
7:00 PM19:00

Barnes/Stokowski Festival 10/15 Lecture: JACK Quartet on Extended Techniques

  • Free Library of Philadelphia Room 108 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

A Talk with the JACK Quartet

SoundLAB invites audiences to hear the JACK Quartet discuss and demonstrate the advanced techniques required to perform the contemporary music in their repertory. Deemed “superheroes of the new music world" (Boston Globe), the JACK Quartet is "the go-to quartet for contemporary music, tying impeccable musicianship to intellectual ferocity and a take-no-prisoners sense of commitment." (Washington Post) "They are a musical vehicle of choice to the next great composers who walk among us." (Toronto Star)

Please follow the link here to visit the Free Library’s event listing for this program.

This event will be live-streamed - please watch this page for a link from the Free Library of Philadelphia.

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Oct
15
2:30 PM14:30

Barnes/Stokowski Festival 10/15 Composer Reading: American Composers Forum

Featuring the JACK Quartet

As invited guest artists of SoundLAB and in partnership with ACF Philadelphia, the award-winning JACK Quartet will workshop pieces by three Philadelphia composers from the American Composers Forum Philadelphia Chapter at the Free Library of Philadelphia. This reading session of Philadelphia composers is free and open to the public. The session will focus on recent works and works in progress by:

Kyle Bartlett http://www.kylebartlett.com/
Rosie Langabeer 
http://www.blog.rosielangabeer.com/ 
Evan Kassof  
http://www.evankassof.com/

In addition, works by students from The Young Women Composers Camp https://www.youngwomencomposers.org/home will also be featured.

Programs of ACF Philadelphia are supported in part by the William Penn Foundation, The Philadelphia Cultural Fund and The Musical Society Fund

Please follow the link here to visit the Free Library’s event listing for this program.

This event will be live-streamed - please watch this page for a link from the Free Library of Philadelphia.

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