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Opera Philadelphia

A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, February 2019. Photo by Patrick Berger

La bohème

La bohème, April/May 2019. Photo by Kelly & Massa.

“One of the most creative and ambitious companies in this country.”—The New York Times 

Opera Philadelphia is committed to embracing innovation and developing opera for the 21st century. The company’s mission is to deliver outstanding productions of traditional and new repertoire that engage our public and propel our genre forward; to identify extraordinary artists, both established and emerging, and provide opportunities for them to create their most imaginative and inspired work; and to present innovative programming relevant to the multi-cultural Philadelphia region that broadens and diversifies the opera audience.

The synthesis of Opera Philadelphia's mission takes place each fall during Festival O, a multi-day event that transforms the city into an urban stage where diverse audiences gather to share an experience and amplify human connectedness. Productions in the upcoming Festival O19 (September 18–29) include Prokofiev's The Love for Three Oranges in the Academy of Music and Semele in the Perelman Theater of the Kimmel Center, as well as additional events throughout the city.

Called “one of the most enjoyable additions to the fall calendar in years” by The Washington Post, the inaugural Festival O was selected as a finalist for the 2017 International Opera Award for Best Opera Festival.

Opera Philadelphia's season extends into the spring with two additional events in the Academy of Music: a concert of Verdi's Requiem and a fully-staged production of Puccini's Madame Butterfly.

View upcoming Opera Philadelphia events here.

For tickets and additional information, visit or call 215-732-8400.