Opera Philadelphia’s O17 Festival Makes A Grand Debut September 14

The inaugural opera festival brings amazing opera to some of Philly's biggest venues...

Opera Philadelphia has treated the city to classic and cutting-edge opera for more than 40 years. Now, the company puts Philadelphia squarely at the forefront of the music world with its brand-new O17 Festival, an inaugural 12-day extravaganza of concerts and happenings running September 14 to 25.

O17 FAST FACTS

  • The 12-day O17 Festival runs September 14-25.
  • The fest features seven operatic happenings, including three live world premieres.
  • Twenty-five total performances take place in six venues across the city.
  • Tickets range from free (!) to $250.

Among the 25 performances scheduled to take place during the fest are runs of five full operas, an operatic masterclass and recital with internationally acclaimed soprano Sondra Radvanovsky and the return of the popular Opera on the Mall with an HD showing of The Marriage of Figaro in Independence National Historical Park.

(Photo by Dominic M. Mercier for Opera Philadelphia)
O17 features 25 opera performances at six venues, including the Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center.

Festival Overview & Tips

Opera Philadelphia’s O17 Festival promises to be the first iteration of an annual celebration of new opera.

The inaugural fest takes place at six of the city’s top cultural institutions. Opera aficionados will be delighted, and the menu makes an ideal introduction for the opera novice.

Innovative works showcase the acoustics of the Academy of Music and the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Other pieces use the majestic galleries of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Barnes Foundation.

Opera fans on a budget should look to the return of the popular Opera on the Mall on Saturday, September 23 outside at Independence National Historical Park. Bring a blanket and some warm clothing.

For complete calendar and details, check here.

Tickets

Tickets to every show can be purchased online and range from free (Opera on the Mall) to $250. Many performances are already sold out, so we recommend scoring tickets soon.

If tickets are still available, students can purchase seats for as little as $10 beginning two hours before curtain for performances at the Academy of Music and Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center. Advance reservation tickets for youth under 19 years old are half off with the purchase of a full-price adult seat.

See you at the opera!

Elizabeth Cree

Kevin Puts and Mark Campbell brought the internationally celebrated multi-lingual war story Silent Night to Philadelphia a few years ago and return with a chamber opera based on the Peter Ackroyd novel.

Elizabeth Cree

When:September 14-23
Where:Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad Street

www.operaphila.org

The Magic Flute

Magic FlutePhoto by Robert Millard for LA Opera

An innovative, expansive staging of a Mozart opera at the Academy of Music.

The Magic Flute

When:September 15-24
Where:Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad Street

www.operaphila.org

We Shall Not Be Moved

We Shall Not Be MovedPhoto by Dave DiRentis for Opera Philadelphia

A world premiere presented as part of the Fringe Festival, We Shall Not Be Moved tackles the MOVE bombing, an infamous chapter in local history. Also presented as part of the Fringe Festival. Note: Ticket availability is limited for this show. Check online for last-minute releases or walk-up at the venue to request standby seats.

We Shall Not Be Moved

When:September 16-24
Where:The Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad Street

www.operaphila.org

The Wake World

An original opera based on the works of occultist Alastair Crowley, The Wake World was created especially for a performance at the Barnes Foundation. Note: Ticket availability is limited for this show. Check online for last-minute releases or walk-up at the venue to request standby seats.

The Wake World

When:September 18-25
Where:Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

www.operaphila.org

War Stories

War StoriesPhoto by Stephanie Berger for Opera Philadelphia

Two classic operas take place throughout the galleries and spaces of the Philadelphia Museum of Art in this exciting double bill. Note: Ticket availability is limited for this show. Check online for last-minute releases or walk-up at the venue to request standby seats.

War Stories

When:September 18-25
Where:Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

www.philamuseum.org

Sondra Radvanovsky in Recital

One of the world's most acclaimed opera singers gives an intimate recital with a piano.

Sondra Radvanovsky in Recital

When:September 17-18
Where:Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad Street

www.operaphila.org

Opera on the Mall

Opera On The MallPhoto by Dominic M. Mercier for Opera Philadelphia

The popular al fresco series returns to Independence Mall when April's Opera Philadelphia production of The Marriage of Figaro is shown on multiple HD screens in the park.

Opera on the Mall

When:Saturday, September 23, 7 p.m.
Where:Independence National Historical Park

www.operaphila.org

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