As the curtain fell on Opera Philadelphia’s Rigoletto, there were reasons to celebrate!

United StatesUnited States Verdi, Rigoletto: Soloists, Opera Philadelphia Chorus and Orchestra / Corrado Rovaris (conductor). Opera Philadelphia, Academy of Music, Philadelphia, 8.5.2022. (RP)

Wei Wu (Sparafucile), Kristen Choi (Maddalena) and Joshua Blue (Duke) © Dominic M. Mercier

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Opera Philadelphia lights up the sky for Lawrence Brownlee and Michael Spyres

United StatesUnited States An Evening of Vocal Fireworks – Amici e Rivali: Lawrence Brownlee and Michael Spyres (tenors), Men of the Opera Philadelphia Chorus and Orchestra / Corrado Rovaris (conductor). Opera Philadelphia, Mann Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia, 26.8.2021. (RP)

Michael Spyres (tenor) © Sofia Negron

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Esa-Pekka Salonen crafts a ‘Symphony Concert in Four Movements’ for Philadelphia

United StatesUnited States Various, ‘An Evening with Esa-Pekka Salonen’: Yefim Bronfman (piano), Philadelphia Orchestra / Esa-Pekka Salonen (conductor). Recorded at Verizon Hall in the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia, on 5.8.2021, streamed 5-12.8.2021 and reviewed on 6.8.2021. (BJ)

Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the Philadelphia Orchestra (c) Jeff Fusco

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Dazzling Philadelphia debut by the spectacularly talented Junction Trio

United StatesUnited States Various: Junction Trio (Stefan Jackiw [violin], Conrad Tao [piano], Jay Campbell [cello]). Benjamin Franklin Hall, American Philosophical Society & Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Philadelphia, 20.5.2021, and reviewed from a 22.5.2021 stream. (BJ)

Junction Trio (c) Shervin Lainez

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Opera Philadelphia in 2021/22

Opera Philadelphia announces ‘live and digital’ 2021-2022 season

Building on the success of its acclaimed 2020-2021 season, described by The New York Times as ‘laying claim to the mantle of making new material during the pandemic’, Opera Philadelphia has announced plans for an untraditional 2021-2022 season. Eliminating the time constraints of what constitutes an ‘opera season’, the Opera Philadelphia Channel will continue to stream original films, archival performances and new programming year-round.

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Opera Philadelphia takes the leap into live opera with The Drama of Tosca

United StatesUnited States Puccini, The Drama of Tosca: Soloists, Opera Philadelphia Chorus & Orchestra / Corrado Rovaris (conductor), Opera Philadelphia, Mann Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia, 5.5.2021. (RP)

Quinn Kelsey (Scarpia) and Brian Jagde (Cavaradossi) (c) Dominic M. Mercier

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