2020 – 2021 Season

2020 – 2021 Season

The 2020 – 2021 Season on the Opera Philadelphia Channel

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2020 – 2021 Season
  • Verlaine, Le Voyage Humain

    Enter the mind of poet Paul Verlaine (1844–1896) in the Academy of Vocal Arts' spring French Recital, which features music by Chausson, Delius and Déodat de Séverac.

    Music Director and Pianist: Audrey Saint-Gil
    Mise en scène: Pascale Spinney

    Verlaine: Benjamin Dickerson
    Mathilde: Aubry Ballarò...

  • We Need To Talk

    Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw brings her complex, layered sound world to the Opera Philadelphia Channel with We Need to Talk, based on a poem by celebrated poet Anne Carson. Soprano Ariadne Greif stars as a young woman in conversation with herself, reminiscent of our isolated days...

  • For the Love of Opera: Celebrating RBG's 88th Birthday

    Ruth Bader Ginsburg was notoriously passionate about opera. To mark her 88th birthday, Opera Philadelphia, the National Museum of American Jewish History, and the Lowell Milken Center for Music of American Jewish Experience at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music partnered to celebrate RBG with p...

  • The Island We Made

    A haunting lullaby formed from the memories and individual relationships of its collaborators—acclaimed composer Angélica Negrón, drag superstar Sasha Velour, and renowned filmmaker Matthew Placek—The Island We Made is a uniquely intimate art-opera film.

  • Breaking the Waves

    Missy Mazzoli and Royce Vavrek's popular 2016 World Premiere production of Breaking the Waves, winner of the inaugural Best New Opera award from the Music Critics Association of North America, comes to the Opera Philadelphia Channel in an uncensored and remastered release from director James Darr...

  • Blessed

    Courtney Bryan’s Blessed is a multi-layered exploration of darkness and light, hope and love, weaving together musical recordings and film footage from New Orleans, New York, and Philadelphia. Created as a response to the milestone events of 2020—the uprising in response to police brutality again...

  • Save The Boys

    Tyshawn Sorey's world premiere inspired by “Save the Boys,” an 1887 poem by abolitionist, writer and Black women’s rights activist Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, performed by countertenor John Holiday and pianist Grant Loehnig. Closed captions available.

  • Soldier Songs

    Opera, rock, and film collide in David T. Little's exploration of the life of the Soldier. Based on interviews with veterans of five wars, the piece boldly examines the impact of trauma, the exploitation of innocence, and the difficulty of expressing war's painful truths.

  • Giargiari Bel Canto Competition

    The Academy of Vocal Arts' 2020 Giargiari Bel Canto Competition showcases 12 talented young singers performing arias and rarities from such operas as Rigoletto, La favorite, and La sonambula.

  • Cycles of My Being

    A song cycle that centers on what it means to be a Black man living in America today, by Tyshawn Sorey, Terrance Hayes, and Lawrence Brownee.

  • Lawrence Brownlee & Friends in Philadelphia

    Tenor Lawrence Brownlee is joined by sopranos Lindsey Reynolds, Karen Slack, and Sarah Shafer, and pianist Myra Huang, for a concert of arias, songs, and spirituals.

  • La traviata

    Verdi's La traviata, starring Lisette Oropesa in her role debut as Violetta. This 2015 production from director Paul Curran also stars Alek Shrader and Stephen Powell.