Regional Opera Company of the Week: Opera Company of Philadelphia
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This week's featured Opera Company is the Opera Company of Philadelphia!
Opera Company of Philadelphia (OCP) has been opening its doors since 1975 when it committed itself to delivering outstanding productions of both traditional repertoire and new operatic works. The company assembles the finest International Artists to educate, deepen and diversify the opera audience in the greater Philadelphia area. The company produces both large scale and more intimate chamber performances at the Academy of Music and in the Perelman Theater respectively. In addition to these two spaces the company frequently performs throughout the community. The OCP is so committed to new works that the General Directors David B Devan, OCP launched in 2011 the American Repertoire Program to produce a new American work in each of the next ten seasons as well as the nation's first collaborative Composer In Residence Program with New York's Gotham Chamber Opera and Music-Theatre Group.
The American Repertoire Program initiative was launched just last June with Dark Sisters, a new opera with music by Nico Muhly and a libretto from Stephen Karam. The opera, which tells the story of a polygamist family during a period of crisis, was co-commissioned with New York's Gotham Chamber Opera and Music-Theatre Group and had a critically-acclaimed November 2011 World Premiere. The next American Repertoire Program production opens next month with an East Coast Premiere of Silent Night, co-produced with the Minnesota Opera.
Since the Company's founding, OCP has had a strong tradition of identifying and cultivating rising young talent and casting these future stars alongside internationally acclaimed singers. OCP is fortunate to have two of the country's foremost operatic training grounds here in Philadelphia, with The Academy of Vocal Arts and The Curtis Institute of Music. Each season, the Opera Company engages artists from these institutions in a variety of programs, from education and outreach events, to supporting roles in mainstage productions.
OCP is committed to audience development and cultivation. The company has created educational programs which introduce opera into the curriculum at public and private schools. The Sounds of Learning program has brought opera to over 130,000 students by integrating opera into their core curriculum. Another program, Hip H'opera, works to build self-esteem of at-risk youth by combining classical music and pop culture. OCP also has many adult programs and outreach. Visit the website at http://www.operaphilly.com/ for more information.