Academy of Music

Opened in 1857, the Academy of Music is the oldest concert hall in America still in use. The venue is home to the Pennsylvania Ballet, Opera Company of Philadelphia and Citizens Bank Broadway at the Academy. Tickets are on sale at The Kimmel Center box office.

Phone: (215) 893-1935
Address: Broad & Locust Streets 1420 Locust Street Philadelphia, PA 19102

Philadelphia’s only producer of grand opera, the Opera Company is home to some of the industry’s brightest singers, composers, directors and conductors. The company typically presents four opera productions, six performances each, per season.

The company’s performance venue — the Academy of Music — is another draw. In 2002, the Academy of Music, the oldest opera house continuously in use in the U.S., underwent a renovation to remove its 19th-century stage equipment. The Opera Company now has its sets built precisely to The Academy’s 21st century dimensions in a production facility owned by the Opera Company itself.

Behind-the-scenes glimpses into the company’s productions are provided in “Opera Insights”, along with English translations projected above the stage, “A Taste of Opera” lectures providing a look inside current productions, and outreach programs designed to both educate and entertain.

Opera posters by Rafal Olbinski and exquisite costumes by Richard St. Clair enhance the company’s production values. Many performances are broadcast and Web cast by WHYY-TV 12 and 91 FM.