By Francisco Salazar
Opera Philadelphia is set to launch a series of free-to-the-public events.
The company will showcase concerts to story times and opera in the park.
The free events begin with opera in the Park featuring “The Marriage of Figaro.” The screening will take place on Sept. 8 at Dilworth Park. The opera will also be screened at Esperanza Parking Lot on Sept. 10.
Bill Rhoads, Senior Vice President of Esperanza Arts Center said, “We are excited to continue our long-standing partnership with Opera Philadelphia with this free Arte en las Calles season-opening celebration for family and community. This event is the result of true collaboration, pairing the immense talent of Latino artists – comic, culinary, and musical – in our region with a beautiful outdoor screening of an operatic treasure by Philadelphia’s premiere opera company.”
The second event will be “For the Beauty of the Earth” on Sep.t 25 at the Old Pine Street Presbyterian Church. The concert is performed by the women of the Opera Philadelphia Chorus, conducted by Elizabeth Braden. Cookie Diorio narrates the evening which will feature composers and poets from the LGBTQIA+ community, including Stephen Sondheim, Leonard Bernstein, and Philadelphia-based composer Pax Ressler.
The third event will be Opera Storybook Time on Sept. at Marian Anderson Recreation Center and Oct. 1 at the Wharton Wesley United Methodist Church. The event will see Young children enjoy Opera Storybook Time.
Finally, the last event will be “The Raven Roundtable” on Sept. 27 at the Rendell Room, Kimmel Center. Robert Buscher, Associate Director of Organizational Culture at Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia will be joined by choreographer and theater artist Makoto Hirano and Swarthmore College professor Will Gardner, PhD to discuss the opera.