O17 Festival

14 - 25 Sep 2017
Various locations


The Magic Flute, LA Opera. Photo by Robert Millard.


The Magic Flute, LA Opera. Photo by Robert Millard.

Opera Philadelphia presents O17, its inaugural season-opening, multi-venue opera festival, supported by a Center Advancement grant. The festival features seven operatic happenings over the course of 12 days in six venues across Philadelphia. Performances include the world premiere of We Shall Not Be Moved, a chamber opera by composer Daniel Bernard Roumain, librettist Marc Bamuthi Joseph, and director Bill T. Jones; the East Coast premiere of Komische Oper Berlin’s innovative production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute; and Opera Philadelphia’s annual free outdoor opera event “Opera on the Mall.”

See a full list of performances below.

Elizabeth Cree (World Premiere)
September 14-23, Perelman Theater
Composer Kevin Puts and librettist Mark Campbell debut a chamber opera based on Peter Ackroyd’s novel, The Trial of Elizabeth Cree.

The Magic Flute (East Coast Premiere)
September 15-24, Academy of Music
The innovative production from Komische Oper Berlin presents Mozart’s The Magic Flute in a style that combines the aesthetics of 1920s silent movies and David Lynch’s iconic work.

We Shall Not Be Moved (World Premiere)
September 16-24, The Wilma Theater
Composer Daniel Bernard Roumain, librettist Marc Bamuthi Joseph, and director Bill T. Jones team up to create a genre-defying chamber opera combining spoken word, contemporary movement, video projection, classical, R&B, and jazz music.

War Stories (Philadelphia Premiere)
September 16-23, Philadelphia Museum of Art
This site-specific double-bill features Monteverdi’s Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda, staged in the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s medieval cloister, paired with composer Lembit Beecher and librettist Hannah Moscovitch’s response to the work, I Have No Stories To Tell You, performed in the Museum’s Great Stair Hall.

The Wake World (World Premiere)
September 18-25, The Barnes Foundation
Opera Philadelphia composer in residence David Hertzberg’s site-specific, one-act opera inspired by Dr. Albert C. Barnes’s famed collection and the works of mystical 19th-century British poet Aleister Crowley.

Sondra Radvanovsky (Festival Artist)
September 17, Perelman Theater
Soprano Sondra Radvanovsky, the inaugural Festival Artist at O17, presents a solo recital and a master class with emerging artists.

Opera on the Mall
September 23, Independence National Historical Park
Opera Philadelphia’s annual outdoor opera broadcast, free and open to all.