Opera Philadelphia Recognized for New Direction

Jennifer Higdon, 1999 Pew Fellow. Photo by Candace di Carlo.

In August 2011, the Philadelphia Inquirer praised Opera Philadelphia’s then-current transformation for creating a “haven for new opera.” The shift in strategy was the result, in part, of a 2010 grant from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, specifically designed to add an “interdepartmental research and development” process to Opera Philadelphia’s program planning with an eye towards the strategic goal of becoming known internationally as a source of cutting-edge work.

The article also described the opera’s collaboration with 1999 Pew Fellow and composer Jennifer Higdon. Opera Philadelphia “resurrected” Higdon’s contemporary work-in-progress, Cold Mountain, after its development was halted at the San Francisco Opera. David Patrick Stearns wrote: “In roughly five years, the company has morphed from a conservative, standard-repertoire-based organization to a haven for new opera with a speed that astounds even those who made it happen.” Read more >

Choreographer and director David Gordon will participate in three public rehearsals as he develops POLITICAL SHENANIGANS: dancing w/ Brecht & Eisler.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Dushko Petrovich is a painter and writer who lives in New York. He is a co-founder of *Paper Monument *and teaches at Yale University.

Grants & Grantees

The Wilma Theater creates living, adventurous art through bold and ambitious design choices.

People’s Light & Theatre Company undertook a long-range plan to align future programming with its mission of integrating art and education.

Grants & Grantees

Leroy Johnson (Pew Fellow, 2014) is a mixed-media artist whose work takes the form of painting, collage, and assemblage sculpture. A native of Philadelphia, his work is reflective of his many experiences in the inner city.

Grants & Grantees

Brian Teare’s (Pew Fellow, 2015) poetry is concerned with embodiment—both our human bodies and the natural environment around us.

In 2010, the Center hosted Václav Havel, the late renowned playwright and former President of the Czech Republic, for an interview at The Wilma Theater, prior to the American premiere of Leaving, his first play in 20 years.

A multidisciplinary interpretation of Igor Stravinsky’s orchestral score The Firebird that links South African and Russian traditions.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Joseph C. Thompson has spearheaded the creation of MASS MoCA from its beginnings in 1987 to its realization in 1999.

Grants & Grantees

Elaine Terranova is a poet and a 2006 Pew Fellow.

The Philadelphia Flamenco Festival offers a free master class with flamenco master Israel Galván, star of the festival performance La Curva.

This project takes a novel approach to city planning, using theater and the arts to inform an eventual plan of action to revitalize Chester’s historic Deshong Park.