September 7, 2012
Opera Company Of Philadelphia To Open Its Season With La Bohème, Featuring An HD Art Component Powered By The Barnes And PMA; Plus A Free Outdoor “Opera On The Mall” Broadcast On October 6
The fall arts season in Philadelphia is shaping up to be huge.
The Philadelphia Live Arts and Philly Fringe Festival kicks off tonight, with 16 days of hundreds of shows all over the city. The Association for Public Art’s Open Air is taking over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway with 24 of the world’s most powerful robotic searchlights to create a meshwork canopy of light visible 10 miles away. And theater season is back up and running after its summer hiatus, with huge new productions on the horizon.
Another one to keep on the radar? The Opera Company of Philadelphia is opening its 2012-13 season with a dramatic production of Puccini’s La Bohème that is brand new, incorporates incredible artistic elements and makes opera more accessible to the Philadelphia public than ever before.
An inspired new production of Puccini’s ultra-romantic blockbuster, La Bohème opens on September 28 at the Academy of Music. The timeless story of a shy seamstress and a passionate poet who chance upon each other on a snowy Parisian evening, the classic opera is known for its lush melodies, sweeping orchestral work and characters that touch you.
Opera and Art
The Opera Company has partnered up with GPTMC’s With Art Philadelphia™ campaign, which aims to position Philadelphia among the world’s great art destinations as well as attract new audiences to the region to experience the blockbuster museums, exhibitions and works of art that are on view only in Philadelphia.
For the first time ever, the Opera Company will join forces with The Barnes Foundation and the Philadelphia Museum of Art to showcase more than two dozen artistic masterpieces from these two venerable art institutions.
This original production will situate works of art from these two museums plus other renowned art from around the world in a classically beautiful setting at the turn of the 20th Century. The imagery will come to vivid life through large-scale, HD projections, shining a spotlight on the bohemian influences of the era with creations by artists such as Renoir, Monet, Toulouse-Lautrec and Cassatt.
Big-Screen Broadcast on Independence Mall
La Bohème runs in five performances at the Academy of Music, September 28-October 7. But on top of that, there will be a giant, free, open-to-the-public, big-screen broadcast on Independence Mall on Saturday, October 6.
Building on the incredible response to last year’s inaugural broadcast of Carmen which drew more than 5,000 registrants, this year’s broadcast will be even more special. And remember, the broadcast is completely free to attend, but you need to register in advance online here.
That’s a lot to digest. This is the first performance-based partner in the With Art Philadelphia™ campaign, and it’ll be a ground-breaking project. It’s a marriage of art and music involving some of the world’s most renowned artwork and artists, sweeping audiences way into Paris. (Just like we sought to do with our Moonlit Movie event in Rittenhouse Square…)
Stay tuned for even more details.
The Opera Company of Philadelphia presents La Bohème
When: September 28-October 7; “Opera on the Mall” October 6, 7 p.m.
Where: Academy of Music; Independence Mall
Cost: Tickets start at $10; free for broadcast
More info: www.operaphila.org/BOHEME