Opera in the Park: Live Concerts and Film Magic

Pictured Above: Arts on Center Stage at City Hall Dillworth Park.  Photo Credit: Contributed. 



Philadelphia, PA -This September, just before the fifth annual Festival O kicks off, Opera Philadelphia will bring free screenings of Hansel and Gretel, a fun, family-friendly opera reimagined for film, to parks around the city. FDR ParkDrexel Park, and Esperanza Arts Center will all host viewings of the film, equipped with both English and Spanish subtitles. The first event is this Sunday, September 10th from 6:30 – 9pm in FDR park. More details below!

In this delightfully delicious adaptation of Hansel and Gretel, two children who are lost in the woods are captured by a celebrity chef witch, who hosts the kids on her cooking show as both the guest stars… and the main ingredients. Director and librettist Ben Robinson says the film was inspired by his grandmother’s love of Julia Child. “Ms. Child’s ease in the kitchen – and ability to laugh at herself – is the backbone of the Witch character,” says Robinson, Artistic Director of Opera Ithaca. The original film production stars Annie Rosen as Hansel, Marlen Nahhas as Gretel, Meghan Kasanders as The Witch/Mother, Mario Diaz Moresco as Father, Mariya Kaganskaya as Sandman, and Megnot Toggia as the Dew Fairy.

Pictured Above: Opera in the park at FDR park. Photo Credit: Contributed. 

Prior the film screenings, which all begin at 7:30 p.m., audiences can enjoy live performances by local artists. The events will also feature a variety of food trucks and fun family activities. Guests are invited to pack their own picnic dinner with blankets or chairs. The William Penn Foundation provides lead support for Opera in the Park.

1st Event

Opera in the Park
Sunday, September 10, 2023
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
FDR Park
1500 Pattison Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19145
Featuring performances by baritone Kevin Godínez, soprano Ethel Trujillo, and pianist Ting Ting Wong, and a screening of 

2nd Event 

Opera in the Park
Thursday, September 14, 2023

6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Drexel Park
3100 Powelton Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Featuring performances by bass-baritone Cory McGee, soprano Megnot Toggia, and pianist Ting Ting Wong, and a screening of Hansel and Gretel.

3rd Event

Arte en las Calles: Opera in the Park
Saturday, September 16, 2023

6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Esperanza Arts Center (Parking Lot)
4261 N. 5th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19140
Featuring performances by Magdaliz and Her Latin Ensemble Crisol, baritone Kevin Godínez, soprano Ethel Trujillo, and pianist Ting Ting Wong, and a screening of Hansel and Gretel.


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