Lisette Oropesa, Lawrence Brownlee, Sir Willard White Headline Opera Philadelphia’s Revamped 2020-21 Online Season

By David Salazar

Opera Philadelphia has announced plans for a revised 2020-21 season.

The company will launch the Opera Philadelphia Channel, a digital space that will feature a series of new commissions as well as other performances online. Audiences can subscribe annually for the channel at $99 a year.

Among the offerings on the channel will be “Lawrence Brownlee & Friends in Philadelphia,” a curated program featuring the superstar tenor alongside a number of other artists.

Streaming Date: October 2020

The company will stream a 2015 production of Verdi’s “La Traviata” starring soprano Lisette Oropesa, Alek Shrader, and Stephen Powell. This represents the broadcast premiere of the Paul Curran production, which will also feature an interview of Oropesa by Brownlee.

Streaming Date: October 2020

Brownlee will also headline “Cycles of My Being,” a work by Tyshawn Sorey. The company will present the 2018 world premiere in Philadelphia.

Streaming Date: November 2020

Also set to stream in late 2020 will be David T. Little’s “Soldier Songs.” The opera features Johnathan McCullough.

Streaming Date: December 2020

There will also be a presentation of “El Cimarrón” starring Sir Willard White in a cinematic adaptation of Hans Werner Henze’s work.

Streaming Date: March 2021 

The company also plans to return to the stage with its production of “Tosca” starring Ana María Martinez, Piero Pretti, and Quinn Kelsey.

Performance Dates: May 2021 

The company will unveil new digital commissions in December 2020, January 2021, February 2021, and April 2021.

In addition to launching the new channel, the organization revealed that its production of “Macbeth,” which was to star Sondra Radvanovsky, has been postponed to 2023. The world premiere of “Women With Eyes Closed” has been rescheduled for 2021 and “Oedipus Rex” will be presented in 2022. Additionally, recitals scheduled for the O20 festival have also been postponed to 2021.