Philadelphia, PA
The Powel House
Shadow House Immersive Opera
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Sunday August 14th Kick-off Garden Party [+] $20.00 $2.09
Join us in the Powel Garden from 6:00 to 8:00 PM for live music provided by the Philadelphia Opera Collective along with cocktails by Tamworth Distillery.The Powel House will be open for free tours.
Thursday, Sept 8th Pre-opening night show [+] 32 $40.00 $3.19
See the show before everyone else! Join us for a Tamworth Distillery cocktail in the Powel Garden at 7:30 PM followed by the show at 8:00 PM
Wednesday Sept 14, Meet & Greet VIP Party [+] 27 $50.00 $3.74
Join us in the Powel Garden for a pre-show cocktail at 7:30 PM. Cocktails by Tamworth Distillery, Chairman's Choice Wine, and light hors d'oeuvres. Show at 8:00 PM, followed by Artists meet & greet!
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Shadow House

A fully immersive chamber opera


Libretto by Brenna Geffers  

Director - Brenna Geffers                       

Music Director – Josh Hartman    


Where:  The Powel House – 244 S. 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Public Shows:  September 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 15th, 16th, 18th, 19th, 21st, 22nd @8pm




Peggy Shippen- 1790s – Kristy Slough

Charles Stedman – 1790s – Sean Lally

The Help- 1820s – Emilie Krause

Minnie Cadwalader Rawle- 1880s – Crystal Charles

Wolf Keblansky- 1920s – Michael A. Lienhard

David, Wolf’s nephew – 1920s – Anthony Crosby

Edith Standen- 1940s – Kirsten C. Kunkle

Robert Weston- 1960s – Brendan Norton

Eedie Fen- 1960s – Richard Chan

Frances Wister- 1920s – Maryruth Stine

Elizabeth- 2010s. – Kayla Grasser

After creating three wildly successful world premiere operas, the Philadelphia Opera Collective will continue to redefine opera with a fourth, completely internally created opera. Shadow House is a world premiere opera and theater piece staged immersively throughout the historic Powel House. This production was born through a partnership between PhilaLandmarks & the Philadelphia Opera Collective, and is the vision of PhilaLandmarks’ Artist-in-Residence, Brenna Geffers. The work will feature music from a variety of composers. It will contain folk pieces, dance rhythms, accordion music and opera with a libretto that is fully conceived by Brenna Geffers.

For the first time in Philadelphia, audiences must leave their seats and craft their own experience with an operatic performance. Ms. Geffers has recruited an ensemble of classically trained opera singers and experimental theater artists to take on 11 stories that span over two hundred years of history.  The work will blur the lines between opera and theatre and create a wholly theatrical production that incorporates original music, in a small and intimate space.

This unique partnership allows for the incredible history of the Powel House to move front and center. Mickey Herr of PhilaLandmarks states that “while we have enjoyed partnering on a number of artistic endeavors, our goal is to move beyond being merely a venue, to allow OUR histories and properties to BE THE INSPIRATION for the stories told, whether through music, theater, or the visual arts.”

Brenna Geffers furthers the sentiment when she explained why she chose the Powel House for the POC’s next endeavor. “I love stories that are epic, that weave all sorts of threads in to a beautiful whole. That is one of the reasons I love history so much. The stories that are humming around a place like the Powel House cry out to be told. So many people pass through the house, living their lives, and leaving little echoes of their existence behind. I want to find a way to put audiences in touch with the immense passage of time. In a way, audiences are "zoomed out" so to speak, where almost omnipotently, they can observe 60- years pass by in a blink of an eye, with a single gesture.”


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