Opera in Rehearsals at Old First

Opera in Rehearsals at Old First

If you have been around church any weekday evening these past few weeks, you might have run into a group in the social hall. Again this year, the Philadelphia Opera Collective is using are space for rehearsals for a debut of a new opera as part of the Fringe Arts Festival. Learn more about the collective by clicking here. Learn more about this production below. You might even want to go see it when it’s performed.

Music – Josh Hartman
Direction and Libretto – Brenna Geffers
Music Direction – Gabriel Rebolla

This year the Philadelphia Opera Collective invites you to study the stars with celestial music that includes a unique combination of sea shanties, hymns coupled with the visceral story telling that you have come to know and expect from the POC.

We at the Philadelphia Opera Collective believe that opera is an intense and honest expression of human emotions. We are dedicated to providing audiences with unique, visceral operatic experiences while working closely with artists in the theatre community of Philadelphia. We hope to use our productions to put an end to stereotypes that opera is simply empty spectacle by crafting an environment where opera becomes accessible to those not familiar with the art form.

In the 1890s, a “harem” of women at Harvard discovered and cataloged more stars than anyone before or since. Their work serves as the inspiration for a kaleidoscopic waltz between calculations and dreams, between life and the stars above. POC brings you another world premiere in experimental opera. Leave your orbit.

Annie Jump Cannon – Kirsten Kunkle
Antonia – Kristy Joe Slough
Star – Anthony Crosby
Mr. Donahue – William McGlone
Williamina – Crystal Charles
Edward Pickering – Michael A. Lienhard

September 16 @8pm
September 17 @8pm
September 18 @8pm
September 19 @8pm

SkyBox at the Adrienne
2030 Sansom Street, 3rd Floor

To purchase tickets, click here.