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Philadelphia opera co.: New name, new vision

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 29, 2013 at 10:25 am •  Published: January 29, 2013

"Nabucco," a Philadelphia Opera premiere, opens the 2013-2014 season and is followed by Mozart's classic "Don Giovanni" and "Ainadamar: An Opera in Three Images," the Grammy-winning first opera from Argentinian composer Osvaldo Golijov that tells the story of Spanish playwright Federico Garcia Lorca.

Rounding out the season in 2014 are the Curtis Opera Theater's new production of Francis Poulenc's "Dialogues of the Carmelites" and the East Coast premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon's "A Coffin in Egypt," a new commission and production in partnership with the Houston Grand Opera starring celebrated mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade.

"We believe this season embraces this art form in its entirety, for the full enjoyment of our local, national and international audiences," said Corrado Rovaris, Opera Philadelphia's music director.

Opera Philadelphia said it has five new operas in development and aims to present challenging contemporary works along with more standard fare.

The company was formed through the 1975 merger of the Philadelphia Lyric Opera Company and the Philadelphia Grand Opera Company.