Are you curious about opera? It's opening weekend for Festival O18, Philadelphia's nationally acclaimed opera festival — as good a time as any to see what the fuss is about. Easy ways in to the opera scene abound:
"That's my belting voice," she told Inquirer and Daily News classical music writer David Patrick Stearns. "If somebody hired me to do Cavaradossi [the tenor freedom fighter in Tosca], I'd do it tomorrow."
Blythe, 48, sings a Tosca aria that rubs up against Barry Manilow's "Could It be Magic" — and was a Martha Graham Cracker fan for years via YouTube. She says the new inner self Blythely allowed her to discover "my inner rock star, my inner cabaret artist, my inner Sammy Davis, Jr. …" She told Stearns her dream is to take the show to Carnegie Hall.
Below is the full schedule for Festival 018, produced by Opera Philadelphia Sept. 20-30 in venues throughout Center City. As of midweek, only Glass Handel at the Barnes Foundation was sold out for all shows, although the festival advises checking back for availability. Tickets are $25-$275 for individual performances (Opera on the Mall free with advance registration), $925 for opening weekend pass. Information at 215-732-8400 or operaphila.org.