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 ••