Opera On The Mall Returns To Philadelphia’s Historic District This September

See opera in the great outdoors for free during the O17 Festival...

Looking for some free performing arts fun?

As part of the fall’s 12-day O17 Festival that transforms the city into a stage for impressive operative performances, Opera on the Mall returns to iconic Independence Mall for an evening of beautiful music and a fun storyline.


  • Opera on the Mall returns to Independence Mall on Saturday, September 23 as part of the O17 Festival.
  • The broadcast is bring your own picnic, blanket and chair.
  • Free tickets are required and available online; tickets will be available August 23 at 10 a.m.

Returning on Saturday, September 23 at 7 p.m., this year’s event will feature a free HD broadcast (on two giant screens!) of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, one of the composer’s most celebrated operatic works. The show combines a beautiful score with a comedic storyline that revolves around marriage, love and lust.

Opera Philadelphia performed The Marriage of Figaro during its spring season, and this year’s edition of Opera on the Mall gives attendees the opportunity to check out the show for free! See below for a preview of the show.

Opera on the Mall
(Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)
Opera on the Mall returns on Saturday, September 23 with a free HD broadcast of The Marriage of Figaro with Independence Hall as the backdrop.

How To Get Tickets

Last year, about 4,000 people enjoyed this free broadcast. To join the fun, you’ll need to register for free tickets in advance.

Tickets to Opera on the Mall are completely free and are available for download online. Tickets will be available starting on Wednesday, August 23 at 10 a.m. Be sure to scoop up your ticket soon — this event is expected to fill up quickly.

O17 Festival

From September 14 to 25, Opera Philadelphia’s O17 Festival brings more than 25 individual performances, including Opera on the Mall, to both traditional and non-traditional venues across the city as a kick off of its 2017-2018 season.

The festival is designed to attract people who may not consider themselves regular Opera Philadelphia performance guests.

O17 includes three world premiere productions (!), a site-specific Philadelphia premiere, a performance of Mozart’s work The Magic Flute and unexpected performances in places like the Barnes Foundation, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and more.

Click here for the full list of O17 Festival events, and be sure to purchase your tickets soon for this 12-day event.

Stay tuned for more on this blockbuster fall event!

Opera on the Mall: The Marriage of Figaro

When:Saturday, September 23, 7 p.m.
Where:Independence National Historical Park, 5th and Market streets
Cost:Free tickets required



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