A Popera Is Born | Lew Whittington

July 23, 2014 7:25 PM

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A Popera Is Born | Lew Whittington

The Bearded Ladies cabaret has an carved out an avid theater following in Philadelphia in just a couple of years. The nine-member troupe explores the many traditions and forms the art of cabaret can take, even for the opera stage. Artistic director John Jarboe is collaborating with Opera Philadelphia on ANDY: A Popera about the world of Andy Warhol to premiere in March 2015, meantime the troupe is presenting cabaret versions at the Wilma Theater this month.

David Devan, director of Opera Philadelphia has been nurturing bolder programming along with standard classical repertoire and the upcoming season includes new operas about gay icon Oscar Wilde and jazz great Charlie Parker.

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