Festival O23: Opera Philadelphia presents Rene Orth and Hannah Moscovitch’s 10 Days in a Madhouse
“I’m mad they say”
Festival O23’s world-premiere production of composer Rene Orth and librettist Hannah Moscovitch’s 10 Days in a Madhouse is fresh, urgent, and relevant. Alaina Johns reviews.
Festival O23: Opera Philadelphia presents Karim Sulayman’s Unholy Wars
Reframing the “Middle East”
Opera Philadelphia’s Festival O23 features the Philly premiere of Grammy-winning Lebanese American tenor Karim Sulayman’s Unholy Wars, with artistic triumph in every detail. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Festival O23: Opera Philadelphia presents Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra
Keeping Philly on the map of grand opera
For its Festival O23, Opera Philadelphia presents a standout production of Verdi’s tragic opera, Simon Boccanegra. Linda Holt reviews.
Curtis Opera Theatre presents Handel’s Ariodante
Curtis Opera Theatre closes its season with an ambitious but underwhelming Handel rarity. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
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Opera Philadelphia presents Puccini’s La Bohème
Puccini in reverse
Opera Philadelphia’s new production of La Bohème reverses the order of the classic opera, beginning with tragedy and progressing toward love. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Aural Compass Projects presents The Greatest Personal Privation
"Genre-bending" poetry and opera
The world premiere of The Greatest Personal Privation is a collaborative project written by Pulitzer Prize winner and former poet laureate Tracy K. Smith and composer Jasmine Barnes. Maria Corley previews.
OperaDelaware and Opera Baltimore present Verdi’s La traviata
Scaling opera's peak
In a world of operas known for romance and tragedy, La traviata really delivers the romance and tragedy in this co-production by OperaDelaware and Opera Baltimore. Gail Obenreder reviews.
OperaDelaware presents Così fan tutte
Opera with a complicated soul
In its latest staging, OperaDelaware presents Così fan tutte, Mozart and Da Ponte’s deceptively complex opera buffa, offered here in a rare, virtually uncut format. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Opera Philadelphia presents Rigoletto
A rapturous return
Rigoletto is Opera Philadelphia’s first full production at the Academy of Music since 2019, reminding us how we sustain, and are sustained by, great art. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Rising mezzo-soprano star Chrystal E. Williams makes her PCMS debut
Showing range despite the limits
Chrystal E. Williams made her PCMS recital debut with an intriguing but uneven program. Cameron Kelsall reviews.