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The Opera Company of Philadelphia at King of Prussia Mall and the Shops at Liberty Place

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Opera Company of PhiladelphiaThe Opera Company of Philadelphia recently debuted a new multi-media art form to raise awareness and accessibility to the amazing art form that is opera. In addition to free and discounted performances, tours and meetings, costumes are on display at the King of Prussia Mall and the Shops at Liberty Place.

 

A costume exhibit of some of the Opera Company’s most ornate and beautiful original costumes, designed by Costume Designer Richard St. Clair, will be hosted by Neiman Marcus and King of Prussia Mall Plaza from November 11 – 22.  St. Clair has been with the Opera Company for 20 years, and the display shares the fine art behind building couture costumes for the diva. The costumes have been on display at the Lord & Taylor Court on the Lower Level and in the area in front of Neiman Marcus, also on the Lower Level. These costumes are gorgeous, made for the leading ladies and showcase the character each singer is portraying. My favorite was a flame sheath worth for the diva of the day in the 40s, with fiery red fringes and a body-hugging curve.

 

Opera Week in Philadelphia began with a Mayoral Proclamation of the celebration, and features a variety of opera-based activity aimed towards engaging audiences not only at the Opera Company of Philadelphia, but at two of the most prominent international vocal training grounds which are located right here in Philadelphia. Both the Academy of Vocal Arts and Curtis Institute of Music offer fully staged opera performances during Opera Week.

 

While Philadelphia Opera Week is drawing to a close, it is never to late to go and listen to some of the most amazing music and voices of our time. The season recently launched with a sold-out run of Madama Butterfly, which is known the world over for it’s heartbreaking beauty.

 

 

Here are some upcoming performances:

 

Saturday, November 21st, 2009 at 7:30pm

Academy of Vocal Arts presents

Verdi’s Falstaff

Central Bucks South High School, 1100 Folly Road, Warrington, PA

 

Saturday, November 21st, 2009 at 7:30pm

Curtis Opera Theatre presents

Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress

The Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut Street

 

Sunday, November 22nd, 2009 at 2:30pm

FREE RECITAL: OPERA COMPANY OF PHILADELPHIA

Tenor William Burden and Baritone Troy Cook

Old Pine Street Presbyterian Church, 412 Pine Street

This recital features two Opera Company of Philadelphia favorites and is free to the public!

Reservations are required, visit http://operaweekfreerecital.eventbrite.com

 

Sunday, November 22nd, 2009 at 2:30pm

Curtis Opera Theatre presents

Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress

The Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut Street

 

Monday, November 23rd, 2009 at 7:30pm

Academy of Vocal Arts presents

Verdi’s Falstaff

Centennial Hall, The Haverford School, 450 W. Lancaster Avenue, Haverford, PA

 

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009 at 10:00 am

Academy of Vocal Arts presents

Verdi’s Falstaff

Centennial Hall, The Haverford School, 450 W. Lancaster Avenue, Haverford, PA

Over 500 students participating in the Opera Company of Philadelphia’s Sounds of Learning™ program will study Falstaff in their classrooms and then attend AVA’s student performance of the opera. The performance includes a talkback session with AVA’s resident artists.

 

2010 performances include Tea: A Mirror of Soul, composed by Tan Dun; La TraviataMyths & LegendsOrphee & Eurydice; performed either at the Academy of Music or Kimmel Center’s Perelman Theater.

 

To order tickets to see these beautiful performances, go to www.operaphila.org or call 215-732-8400.