Your Guide to O17: Philly Premiere Opera Festival

Philadelphia may be all about sports and food, but from September 14 to September 25, it’ll be all about opera, thanks to the first ever O17 festival.

O17 is a celebration of the city, the musical arts, and, of course, opera. If you’d like to learn more about this incredible event, here’s everything you need to know about the O17 festival happening in Philly this September.

An Incredible Operatic Experience

For 12 days, O17 will turn Philadelphia into an urban stage where music lovers can immerse themselves in all things opera. From September 14 to September 25, Opera Philadelphia and its collaborators will present a variety of shows highlighting some of the best and most creative artists and performances in the world of opera.

To give you a better idea of what you can expect from this unique event, here’s a rundown of all the performances slated for O17, and where you can watch them…

The Magic Flute (Academy of Music):This production from Komische Oper Berlin showcases Mozart’s The Magic Flute, a comedy about love, trust, and the pursuit of enlightenment. Singers perform to whimsical animated projections to create a show that’s fun for the entire family.

Elizabeth Cree (Perelman Theater): Based on Peter Ackroyd’s novel, The Trial of Elizabeth Cree, this suspenseful production focuses on a number of different stories, including the trial of Elizabeth Cree for the poisoning of her husband.

We Shall Not Be Moved (The Wilma Theater):This genre-defying production from composer Daniel Bernard Roumain, librettist Marc Bamuthi Joseph, and director Bill T. Jones is putting a meaningful spin on opera. It combines spoken word; contemporary movement; classical, R&B, and jazz singing; and many other elements to create a show that’ll entertain and empower everyone watching.

War Stories (Philadelphia Museum of Art): Staged at the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s medieval cloister, this production will showcase Monteverdi’s Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda. The production will also feature a performance of I Have No Stories to Tell You, a response to Monteverdi’s work by composer Lembit Beecher and librettist Hannah Moscovitch.

The Wake World (The Barnes Foundation):Inspired by Dr. Albert C. Barnes’s famed collection and the works of 19th-century British poet Aleister Crowley, this one-act opera will feature the Opera Philadelphia Chorus as they put on a vividly mystical performance that you’ll never forget.

Sondra Radvanovsky (Perelman Theater):Known for her beautiful voice, Soprano Sondra Radvanovsky is set to deliver a hauntingly breathtaking performance at the Perelman Theater. She’ll also join Opera Philadelphia for a solo recital and a Master Class with Emerging Artists.

Opera on the Mall (Independence National Historical Park):Families are welcome to visit the Independence National Historical Park during O17. Here, you can enjoy great operas on multiple HD screens scattered throughout the park.

For more information about each production and performance, check out Opera Philadelphia’s official Facebook page.

Experience All Things Opera

Tickets for O17 are now on sale! So, be sure to grab your tickets for any one of the performances listed above online now.

Want to catch every show on the festival schedule? All-Access Passes are available. With these, you’ll be able to see all featured operas and performances. Plus, you’ll get the best seats and save up to 30%!

No matter if you love opera, or are just looking to immerse yourself in the arts around Philly, O17 is the event for you. It’s set to kick off on September 14, so grab your tickets and mark your calendars today!