Opera Philadelphia O-18 Festival

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September 20 - 24, 2018





A new production of Lucia di Lammermoor, directed and staged by 2016 International Awards Best Director Laurent Pelly, features coloratura soprano Brenda Rae, baritone Troy Cook and tenor Michael Spyres in his company debut as Edgardo. Donizetti specialist Maestro Corrado Rovaris leads the Opera Philadelphia Orchestra and Chorus.  The world premiere of Sky on Swings stars the beloved Frederica von Stade and Marietta Simpson in a fantastical chamber production of Lembit Beecher’s hauntingly lovely music with libretto by Hannah Moscovitch.  An intimate performance of French art and cabaret songs, followed by one of opera’s most powerful monodramas, Ne Quittez Pas: a reimagined La voix humaine, stars Patricia Racette laying bare the heartbreak of unrequited love.  Acclaimed countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo returns in O -18 in a musical pairing of Frideric Handel and Philip Glass in Glass Handel. Finally experience tomorrow’s stars on today’s stage, as members of Opera Philadelphia’s Emerging Artists Program from the Curtis Institute of Music perform in recital, Fridays at the Field.

Consider adding an extra night to include Queens of the Night starring renowned mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe (aka Blythely Oratonio) and the “drag queen king” Dito van Reigersberg (aka Martha Graham Cracker). It all leads up to a special reprise performance of Dito & Aeneas: Two QueensOne Night, the 2017 caba-play spectacular called “smart and bubbly in all the right places.”



Thursday, September 20

Independent arrivals and check-in at Warwick Hotel Rittenhouse.  Private airport car service transfers may be arranged upon request.

This evening we meet in the lobby to walk the short distance to our welcome dinner in the private Wine Room of Estia Restaurant.  We continue to the nearby Perelman Theatre inside the Kimmel Center for the 8:00 pm world premiere of Sky on Swings (McDonald; von Stade, Taylor, Joynt).

Friday, September 21

Following breakfast, meet to transfer to the Philadelphia Museum of Art and a tour of highlights of the collections followed by a short visit to the Rodin Museum or the Perelman Building.  The early afternoon is independent to enjoy lunch until we meet again at the hotel to walk to the Field Hall at the Curtis Institute of Music for the a 4:00 pm Emerging Artists Recital, Fridays.  Following the recital, we gather for dinner at Vernick before the 8:00 pm performance of Lucia di Lammermoor (Rovaris; Rae, Cook, Spyres).

Saturday, September 22

Today we plan to include a private guided tour of the Academy of Music that is subject to scheduling closer to date.  The remainder of the day is at leisure for individual pursuits.

This evening we transfer by coach to Society Hill where dinner will be at Bistro Romano, a popular traditional Italian restaurant followed by an 8:00 pm performance of Ne Quittez Pas: A Reimagined La voix humaine (Allen; Patricia Racette & Edward Nelson) at Theatre of Living Arts.  Coach transfer return to the hotel.

Sunday, September 23

Fully independent to enjoy a relaxed Sunday in the historic district or riverside until we meet in the late afternoon for Traditional Afternoon Tea at The Dandelion.

Later we transfer by coach in time for an 8:00 pm viewing of selected galleries at the Barnes Foundation open exclusively for festival guests attending the 9:00-10:30 pm performance of Glass Handel starring Anthony Roth Costanzo.  Following the performance, we join a special invitation-only reception attended by Glass Handel performers, musicians, and festival patrons.  Transfer back to the hotel at approximately 11:00 pm.

Monday, September 24

Independent departures or one night extension for Queens of the Night.


Tour to include:

  • 4 nights hotel Warwick Hotel Rittenhouse
  • Breakfast Daily
  • Four O-18 Festival Performances
  • Emerging Artist Recital
  • Three Diners, afternoon tea, and Farewell Reception
  • Barnes Foundation, pre-performance gallery visit
  • Philadelphia Art Museum
  • Transfers to and from performance venues if exceeding ten minute walk
  • Gratuities for drivers and guides
  • Fully escorted by Act 1 Tours host


  • $3,850 per person with double room occupancy
  • $560 single occupancy supplement

Optional: September 24th (unescorted)

Queens of the Night Cabaret, Concert with Stephanie Blythe.  Includes additional night stay (without breakfast) and first category concert ticket.

  • $225 per person double occupancy
  • $365 single occupancy




$1,750 per person at time of registration. The deposit is non-refundable as it covers the cost of performance tickets and non-cancelable contractual obligations. Final payment is due by July 15, 2018.


Trip insurance is strongly advised to avoid financial loss should the need to cancel arise for insurable reasons. Act 1 Tours will arrange coverage on your behalf. With certain policies pre- existing medical conditions may be waived provided coverage is purchased within 15 days of the initial deposit.

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