Philadelphia’s Opera Festival is Happening Now

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Every September a rich influx of arts and culture comes to Philadelphia. Philadelphia’s Opera Festival, sometimes just called O17, kicks off on September 14th. The event lasts for 12 days and provides a diverse array of related activities throughout the festival. Tickets start at just 19 dollars so why not explore the opera a little more this fall?


This year there are seven different operatic happenings planned for O17. The festival will occupy 6 venues across the city. The performances even include three world premieres. Attendees can enjoy several operas including Elizabeth Cree, The Magic Flute, We Shall Not Be Moved, War Stories, and The Wake World. There will also be a special performance from Sondra Radvanovsky, a world-renowned soprano, at the Perelman Theatre.


If you’re new to opera and interested in a low-cost introduction there’s a free event called Opera on the Mall. Not only is the broadcast in Independence Hall National Historical Park free, but you can register for free tickets to the actual performance on the festival’s website as well. Perfect for newcomers, the 2017 free opera is Mozart’s classic The Marriage of Figaro. This event will include food trucks and family fun as well.


Philadelphia Opera Festival 2017

September 14th-25th