Missy Mazzoli's 'The Listeners' finally gets premiere date at Opera Philadelphia after four-year delay

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Missy Mazzoli's "The Listeners" will beryllium fixed its delayed U.S. premiere connected Sept. 25 to unfastened nan play of nan Opera Philadelphia, which abandoned nan world premiere of Jennifer Higdon's "Woman pinch Eyes Closed" because of budget.

"The Listeners," pinch a libretto by Royce Vavrek and based connected Jordan Tannahill's story, is astir charismatic leaders, cult-like rituals and an biology hum only a fewer group tin hear. It premiered astatine the Norwegian Opera connected Sept. 24, 2022, and returns soprano Nicole Heaston from nan original production.

Lileana Blain-Cruz directs and euphony head Corrado Rovaris conducts nan 3 performances astatine nan Academy of Music that tally done Sept. 29, nan institution announced Tuesday.

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"Woman pinch Eyes Closed" will now debut astatine different company. It was to person premiered successful 2020 and was rescheduled because of nan pandemic to September 2024.

HEAD OF OPERA PHILADELPHIA SET TO RETIRE NEXT SPRING, UPCOMING PRODUCTION POSTPONED

"The Anonymous Lover," a 1780 activity by Joseph Bologne who is believed to beryllium nan first Black classical composer, will beryllium performed connected Jan. 31 and Feb. 2, 2025, successful a semi-staged accumulation aft a one-year hold caused by finances.

The institution dropped its season-opening festival, which began successful 2017 and featured respective acclaimed modern works. General head David Devan announced past summertime he is retiring astatine nan extremity of nan existent play aft 13 years successful nan role.

Next season’s $10 cardinal fund is down from $11.2 cardinal successful nan existent season, which was trim from an original $13.3 cardinal pinch "The Anonymous Lover" postponement.

Mozart's "Don Giovanni," will beryllium nan season's 3rd accumulation and get 4 performances starting April 27, 2025. The Alison Moritz staging will beryllium seen astatine nan Cincinnati Opera this June.