Reunited and it feels so good!
In this case, I mean Opera Philadelphia and its home theater, the Philadelphia Academy of Music
Not that the company had gone dark or even slowed down during COVID. On the contrary, they’ve been a benchmark for others, offering streaming programs on their own channel (including David Little’s Soldier Songs, nominated for the 2022 Best Opera Recording Grammy), as well as some in-person events both out- and indoors—including Oedipus Rex + Lilacs at the Kimmel Center several months ago.
Still, there’s nothing quite like opera in a grand opera house, and the size, scale, and acoustics of the Academy really suit Opera Philadelphia. Their return came in the form of a beloved classic—Rigoletto—and the collective audience sigh of joy that greeted the somber but punchy opening chords signaled success…