Opera Philadelphia launches O17 Festival this month

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Opera Philadelphia is bringing the city of Philadelphia into the spotlight with its inaugural fall festival, O17. Seven operatic productions, over the course of 12 days, will take place in six venues across the city. This translates to 31 opportunities to see everything from a “live-action cartoon” staging of Mozart’s The Magic Flute, to a recital featuring Sondra Radvanovsky and the world premieres of Elizabeth Cree, The Wake World, War Stories, and We Shall Not Be Moved, the latter of which is about the 1985 bombing of the MOVE organization in the city.

This unprecedented civic experiment transforms Philadelphia into an urban stage, where diverse audiences will gather to share an experience and amplify human connectedness.

Performances are staged in several locations; many of the city’s beautiful theaters, as well as unusual locales such as the Barnes Museum, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, and a free HD broadcast of The Marriage of Figaro at Independence National Historical Park.

I had to opportunity to see Elizabeth Cree’s final dress rehearsal, and I was nothing short of amazed! Emotions ran the gamut from laughter, to shock, intrigue, and more laughter placed exactly where needed and even an “OMG” moment or two!

Don’t miss it! Shows start Sept. 14 and run until Sept. 25. Do not dally as performances are selling out fast. The calendar is available here. The O17 Festival Program can be found here.