Grand Passion: Rigoletto at Opera Philadelphia (for Parterre Box)

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…

Click here to read the full review at Parterre Box.

4 replies »

  1. Your link leads back to this page. (I can find Parterre Box on my own, of course, but I thought you’d want to know.)

  2. I should submit my review before I go out this afternoon, so I’ll omit the reference to your review, but if you’d like me to, I’ll ask Chris to stick it back in.

    • Hi Toby — well, I’m certainly curious to know what your reference is! I have no objection to your including it. Hope to see you at a theater sometime soon. Cheers, D

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