By Francisco Salazar
Opera Philadelphia is set to return to the Academy of Music for Orff’s “Carmina Burana.”
The performances, which will be held on Feb. 3 and 5, 2023, will gather nearly 200 performers from the company’s Chorus and Orchestra and marks the Philadelphia premiere of “Credo.” “Credo,” which followed a much less celebrated path to the stage, is based on a prose poem by W.E.B. Du Bois, the work is an affirmation of racial justice, peace, and Black pride expressed through powerful melodic language and ingenious orchestration.
Joining the concert as soloists are soprano Brandie Inez Sutton, tenor Alasdair Kent, and baritone Ethan Vincent. The concert marks Sutton and Vincent’s company debuts with Opera Philadelphia. Kent, a graduate of Philadelphia’s Academy of Vocal Arts, is an alumnus of Opera Philadelphia’s Emerging Artist Program.
The performances will make the company debut of a rising star, conductor Lina González-Granados.