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The orchestra atop a circular gray structure about 10 feet tall, with the cast members performing in front of it.

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.
Alaina Johns

Alaina Johns

Reviews 5 minute read
Sulayman sings soulfully at center stage. Dolphin dances at left; at right, Ward & Mirzadegan sit facing each other.

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.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Reviews 4 minute read
Against a dramatic cloudy sky projection, Kelsey sings atop a small stone stairway, and Van Horn faces outward at right.

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.
Linda Holt

Linda Holt

Reviews 3 minute read
Sitting onstage: Medovnikov, in ornate jacket, gently touches Tacchino’s arm as she sings, wearing a pale pink satin sheath.

Curtis Opera Theatre presents Handel’s Ariodante

Daunting Ariodante

Curtis Opera Theatre closes its season with an ambitious but underwhelming Handel rarity. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

Reviews 2 minute read

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Over two dozen ensemble members on a blue and orange-lit stage, some on an asymmetrical riser at front with lightbulbs under

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.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

Reviews 3 minute read
Murrah poses in a portrait, wearing an all black suit against a yellow-bronze gradiant background

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.
Maria Thompson Corley

Maria Thompson Corley

Previews 2 minute read
Ohse, a white woman with her back to the camera, in a voluminous nightdress, opens a window with large wooden shutters.

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.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Reviews 4 minute read
Richly costumed: McKeever, a Black male singer, looking diabolical, by Sheriff, a Black woman singer, looking exasperated

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.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Reviews 4 minute read
A scene from the opera: a dynamic ensemble shot of 15 men in suits, with a range of avid expressions, on and around a couch.

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.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Reviews 4 minute read
Williams, a Black woman, poses for a portrait style photo, standing near a window letting in a small amount of light.

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.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

Reviews 3 minute read