Opera Philadelphia goes online

Chennai: Over the past five years, Opera Philadelphia has presented no fewer than nine world premieres, scoring multiple awards and winning international audience and critical recognition as ‘a hotbed of operatic innovation’ that represents ‘one of North America’s premiere generators of valid new operas’.

Now that the 2019-20 season has been cut short due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it is extending its season online with video streams of five recent productions, including four new works that received their world premieres from 2015- 2019.

According to a press release, “starring bass Kevin Burdette, soprano Kiera Duffy, baritone Theo Hoffman, countertenor John Holiday, mezzo Frederica von Stade, and many more of today’s leading singers, the five productions are anchored by members of the Opera Philadelphia Orchestra and Chorus. The festival comes at an urgent time of fundraising for the company, which must raise $4 million by 31 May in order to move forward with plans for the 2020-2021 season.”


NT Bureau