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Opera Company of Philadelphia

The Opera Company of Philadelphia is the city’s professional opera company, performing at the historic Academy of Music, and also in a contemporary new home at the Kimmel Center’s intimate Perelman Theater. Established in 1975, the Opera Company produces an exciting blend of repertoire and is considered home to many of opera’s brightest singers, directors, and conductors.

Phone: (215) 732-8400
Address: 1420 Locust St. Suite 210 Philadelphia, PA 19102

For its 2010-2011 Season, the Opera Company of Philadelphia presents three grand scale productions at the Academy of Music, and also in a contemporary new home at the Kimmel Center’s intimate Perelman Theater, plus collaborative presentations with other institutions as well as award-winning education and community outreach programs.

Formed in 1975, the Opera Company of Philadelphia has always been and remains committed to delivering outstanding productions of traditional and new repertoire. Through its in-house Production Center, established in 1993, the Opera Company builds new and innovative productions—including 2007's larger-than-life Rigoletto—in its facility located at the Arsenal Business center in the Tacony section of Philadelphia. In addition to creating new productions, the Opera Company of Philadelphia searches all over the world to bring the best of the international opera scene here to Philadelphia. The imaginative production of Cinderella in November 2006 by the acclaimed Italian team of director Davide Livermore and set and costume designer Santi Centineo, had The Philadelphia Inquirer lauding it as “easily among OCP’s most theatrically sophisticated accomplishments.”

With a commitment to creating new American works, the Opera Company saw one of its biggest highlights of recent seasons in February 2006 with the long-awaited East Coast Premiere of Margaret Garner, hailed by The Inquirer as “…arguably the biggest cultural event ever to hit Philadelphia.” The Company teamed with partners at Michigan Opera Theatre and Cincinnati Opera to commission this groundbreaking new work, which brought together Grammy–winning composer Richard Danielpour and Nobel laureate Toni Morrison. The 2007–2008 Season featured another new American opera, Cyrano, which received its East Coast Premiere in 2008. Co-produced with Michigan Opera Theatre and Florida Grand Opera, composer David DiChiera and librettist Bernard Uzan gave a lush, romantic operatic voice to one of the great works of literature in a stunning new production by John Pascoe. The Opera Company continues to seek out new, groundbreaking works that appeal to a socially and culturally diverse audience.