A Taste of Philly
I am so excited that we are just days away from the opening Opera Philadelphia’s O17 festival! The groundbreaking project features seven operas performed over the course of twelve days in six venues across Philly. I will be reprising the role of Memory 1 in War Stories, which is a double bill performed in the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA). The first portion of the performance is Monteverdi’s opera, Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda, which will be performed “in the round” in the Cloisters section of the PMA. Because of the unusual performance space, audiences will be able to view titles from their mobile phones (rather than projected above a stage). During the 25 min intermission, opera goers can grab the incredibly delicious O17 festival beer – the Opera Philadelphia Ale or “OPA”! I tried it myself, and I can attest to the awesomeness of this collaboration with Philadelphia’s own Flying Fish Brewery. After intermission, the audience will move from the Cloisters to the Great Stair Hall where composer Lembit Beecher and librettist Hannah Moscovitch’s 2014 opera “I Have No Stories To Tell You” will take place. Seen in succession, the Monteverdi and Beecher operas are both devastating and beautiful, and they serve as a reminder of the lasting internal turmoil caused by war and violence.
For more information on O17, visit https://www.operaphila.org/festival/
Please enjoy the following recordings from a recent public broadcast of last fall’s Carmen with Utah Opera! Featuring conductor Robert Tweten, tenor Dominick Chenes as Don José, and myself as Micaëla.