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Opera Philadelphia: The Wake World

Nightlife / Music / Performance

Monday, September 18 – Monday, September 25

Composer David Hertzberg and director R. B. Schlather.

Buy tickets online or call 215.732.8400.

There are five showings: Monday, September 18; Tuesday, September 19; Saturday, September 23; Sunday, September 24; Monday, September 25

About the Event

Music and libretto by David Hertzberg
Based on the story “The Wake World” by Aleister Crowley
Directed by R. B. Schlather

In this world premiere, two of the early 20th century’s most prolific and polarizing artistic visionaries collide: physician, collector, and writer Dr. Albert C. Barnes (1872–1951) and Aleister Crowley (1875–1947), the British poet, magician, and occultist once dubbed the “wickedest man in the world.” 

In a one-act opera inspired by Crowley’s ecstatic fairy tale “The Wake World,” visitors will experience the Barnes collection like never before. Works of art jump off the gallery walls and into the action as the museum is transformed, with the voices of the Opera Philadelphia Chorus drawing the audience through a vivid, mystical world. A fully immersive performance, The Wake World challenges understandings of art, opera, and the self in a way audiences are unlikely to forget.

Performed in English with English supertitles

Interested in joining us for an early dinner on-site? 

Program in Detail

Collection access: 7–8 pm

Performance: 8–9 pm