PHILADELPHIA - Debuting in 2017, Opera Philadelphia’s annual, season-opening Festival O immediately garnered audience and critical acclaim, proving to be “a hotbed of operatic innovation” (New York Times) and “one of the most enjoyable additions to the fall calendar in years” (Washington Post).

Following a two-year, pandemic-induced hiatus, the annual 12-day gathering for opera lovers returns in September with its fourth iteration, O22, featuring live opera performances at multiple venues in Philadelphia as well as a series of film screenings and a panel discussion that explores whether the industry’s recent foray into cinematic production was a temporary blip or a game-changer for the art form.

New productions of Rossini’s Otello and Puccini’s La bohème anchor the Academy of Music series alongside a winter concert of Carmina Burana.

Festival O22 (September 21-October 2) includes the World Premiere of David T. Little’s Black Lodge, a new production of Toshio Hosokawa’s The Raven, and Latonia Moore’s return to the Academy of Vocal Arts.

Subscriptions and Festival packages are now on sale at, or by calling 215.732.8400 (Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.). Single tickets will go on sale on Monday, July 18.

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