O17 Festival

4 out of 5 stars
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Photograph: War Stories/Stephanie Berger

If you’re still waiting for the fat lady to sing, your idea of opera is hopelessly outmoded. Opera Philadelphia’s 12-day O17 Festival redefines perceptions of the genre with seven innovative operas—both classics and quirky, site-specific new works—in nontraditional venues across the city. Overwhelmed by the choices? Here, we narrow down three must-see shows to take in.

By: David Fox