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OPERA PHILADELPHIA

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SETTING THE SCENE

The Academy of Music, now the principle home of Opera Philadelphia
GEORGE WIDMAN

When Hallam’s London Company of Comedians staged Flora, or Hob in the Wall in 1754, Philadelphia became one of the first cities in the USA to hear opera. So it seems only fitting that Opera Philadelphia is at the forefront examining what opera might be in 21st century America, introducing a framework for the future of opera’s survival in an age addicted to binge entertainment, led by rapidly advancing technology.

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Christophe Rousset celebrates a quarter century at the forefront of the Early Music scene with Les Talens Lyriques; Sir John Eliot Gardiner takes Monteverdi’s three surviving operas on tour around the world; and our guide to the brightest and best opera festivals of 2017. Plus, remembering the velvet voice of Swedish tenor Nicolai Gedda; individuality and imagination in the songs of Arthur Sullivan; Debussy’s ravishing Pelléas lets down its hair at Garsington; American baritone Scott Hendricks shares his love of playing bad boys; the art of the librettist; British conductor Nicholas Chalmers; and an 80th birthday tribute to Grace Bumbry.