Northeast Times

Opera series launched throughout Philadelphia

Op­era Phil­adelphia is launch­ing an an­nu­al series that will of­fer fully staged op­er­as in un­ex­pec­ted ven­ues around the city.

Op­era in the City, which brings the art form out­side of tra­di­tion­al op­era houses and in­to the com­munity, launched in Novem­ber with the Amer­ic­an premiere of Ana Soko­lovi’s Svad­ba-Wed­ding, in col­lab­or­a­tion with FringeArts.

This Siberi­an play is an a cap­pella op­era fus­ing op­er­at­ic and folk mu­sic. It tells the story of Milica, a bride-to-be, and her five brides­maids on the night be­fore her wed­ding.

After the per­form­ance, audi­ences will join in an au­then­t­ic Balkan wed­ding cel­eb­ra­tion after the per­form­ance, fea­tur­ing tra­di­tion­al cuisine and live Balkan dance mu­sic from the West Phil­adelphia Or­ches­tra.

“Op­era in the City is about get­ting out­side of the usu­al and do­ing dif­fer­ent things with op­era, and to say this pro­ject is dif­fer­ent would be an un­der­state­ment,” said Dav­id B. Devan, gen­er­al dir­ect­or and pres­id­ent of Op­era Phil­adelphia. “This series will be an­oth­er trans­form­at­ive ini­ti­at­ive for the com­pany and the city, bring­ing new audi­ences to op­era in new and un­ex­pec­ted places.”

The one-hour op­era and its 90-minute wed­ding re­cep­tion will be presen­ted at the new home of FringeArts, at the corner of Race Street and Colum­bus Boulevard.

It will be per­formed on Nov. 6 and 7 at 7 p.m. Gen­er­al ad­mis­sion tick­ets are $69. 

For tick­ets or in­form­a­tion, call 215-413-1318 or vis­it fringearts.com

To learn about the play, vis­it op­er­a­ph­ila.org/pro­duc­tion/svad­ba ••

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