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Subject: Opera Philadelphia 2017-2018 - Written on Skin, 3 World Premieres
From: Hagen Schmagen <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Mon, 27 Feb 2017 13:36:01 -0500
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From the Philadelphia Inquirer:
http://www.philly.com/philly/entertainment/arts/Opera-Philadelphia-rolls-out-its-
inaugural-festival-O17-.html

Opera Philadelphia's newly announced 2017-18 season happens in two parts: an ambitious 
fall festival called O17, with 25 performances over the course of 12 days -- including 
world premiere operas about the MOVE bombing and Albert Barnes -- and a two-
production spring lineup.

O17 Festival Schedule

• The Magic Flute comes Sept. 15-24 to the Academy of Music in a Barrie Kosky 
production for Komische Oper Berlin making use of highly stylized animated projections. 
David Charles Abell conducts soprano Rachel Sterrenberg, tenor Ben Bliss, baritone 
Jarrett Ott, soprano Olga Pudova. 

• Elizabeth Cree, with music by Kevin Puts and a libretto by Mark Campbell, is given its 
world premiere Sept. 14-23 at the Perelman Theater. Based on Peter Ackroyd’s The Trial 
of Elizabeth Cree. Corrado Rovaris conducts with mezzo Daniela Mack and baritone Troy 
Cook

• A world premiere of We Shall Not Be Moved, music by Daniel Bernard Roumain and 
libretto by Marc Bamuthi Joseph, is set for Sept. 16-24 at the Wilma Theater. Characters 
include a group of teens and ghosts at the Osage Avenue home on the site of the MOVE 
bombing. Bill T. Jones is director, choreographer, and dramaturge. The work is a mélange 
of spoken word, contemporary movement, video projection, classical, R&amp;B, and jazz 
singing. with mezzo-soprano Kirsten Chavez, countertenor John Holiday and baritone 
Aubrey Allicock

• "War Stories" is a double bill of old and new: Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda by 
Claudio Monteverdi and I Have No Stories to Tell You by Lembit Beecher with a libretto by 
Hannah Moscovitch, Sept. 16-23 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Gary Thor Wedow 
conducts, with direction by Robin Guarino, mezzo Cecelia Hall and baritone Craig Verm.

• The Wake World, with music and libretto by David Hertzberg, receives its world 
premiere Sept. 18-25 at the Barnes Foundation. It involves the work of both Albert C. 
Barnes and British poet, magician, and occultist Aleister Crowley. Directed by R.B. 
Schlather.

• Soprano Sondra Radvanovsky appears in recital Sept. 17 and in a master class Sept. 18 
at the Perelman Theater.

Spring Season

• Written on Skin, with music by George Benjamin and libretto by Martin Crimp, receives 
its Philadelphia premiere  Feb. 9-18 in a new production at the Academy of Music. with 
Lauren Snouffer, Mark Stone and Anthony Roth Costanzo.

• Bizet’s Carmen is to be performed April 27-May 6 at the Academy of Music. with Daniela 
Mack, tenor Evan LeRoy Johnson, baritone Zachary Nelson, and soprano Kirsten 
MacKinnon. Paul Curran directs and Yves Abel conducts

More info at: 
https://www.operaphila.org/about/news-press/pressroom/2017/2017-2018-season/

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