Digital Commissions

Digital Commissions

Four world premiere works from Tyshawn Sorey, Courtney Bryan, Angélica Negrón, and Caroline Shaw.

Digital Commissions
  • Preview: 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 Anne Carson, starring soprano Ariadne Greif, in a film from Maureen Towey and Four/Ten Media. Premiering April 16.

  • 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.

  • 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.