Opera Company of Philadelphia “Flash Opera” at Reading Terminal Market Offers Preview of La Traviata

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On Saturday, April 24th, over 30 members of the Opera Company of Philadelphia Chorus and principal cast members from the upcoming production of La traviata converged on the Reading Terminal Market Italian Festival. Wearing street clothes and blending in with the crowd, the artists swung into action when the first orchestral strains of the famed "Brindisi" were piped through the market, giving a rousing, surprise performance for hundreds of delighted onlookers. La traviata features an all-star cast and runs May 7, 9m, 12, 14 & 16m at the Academy of Music.

On Saturday, April 24th, over 30 members of the Opera Company of Philadelphia Chorus and principal cast members from the upcoming production of La traviata converged on the Reading Terminal Market Italian Festival. Wearing street clothes and blending in with the crowd, the artists swung into action when the first orchestral strains of the famed "Brindisi" were piped through the market, giving a rousing, surprise performance for hundreds of delighted onlookers who were there to enjoy the Italian delicacies and the everyday treats that the Reading Terminal Market has to offer. The four-minute piece drew an overwhelming crowd, and won a thunderous ovation that included both laughter and tears from the audience.
Visit http://www.youtube.com/user/operaphila to view.

The Opera Company sincerely thanks the Chorus and cast members who generously donated their time and talents to make this special event possible.

La traviata features an all-star cast and runs May 7, 9m, 12, 14 & 16m at the Academy of Music. Visit operaphila.org or call 215-893-1018 for tickets!

Community Events
Sunday, May 2nd: OCP offers A Taste of Opera at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, featuring baritone Troy Cook in a preview of La traviata.

Before every performance: Opera Overtures free, pre-opera talks offer the perfect accompaniment to the performance, one hour before curtain at the Academy of Music.

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