Visit the Philadelphia Academy of Music, which is the only surviving European-style opera house in America. Today, it is the home of the Opera Company of Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania Ballet; and for the past century, it was home to the Philadelphia Orchestra.
The building dates from 1857 and has a modest exterior; the builders ran out of money and couldn't put marble facing on the brick, as they had intended. But the interior is elaborate, based on Milan's La Scala, it has lavish carvings, murals on the ceiling, and a huge Victorian crystal chandelier.
(discounted tickets sold shortly before the event in order to sell remaining seats. Not guaranteed, but you can get great seats for an even better deal!)
Information on rush tickets at the Philadelphia Academy of Music are not provided in advance. Rush tickets go on sale at the box office two hours prior to curtain. The Philadelphia Orchestra, who owns the Academy of Music, do offer rush tickets but they don't perform in the building any longer.
The Philadelphia Orchestra makes a limited number of PECO Power Hour seats available for $10.00 at the Kimmel Center Box Office between 5:30 PM and 6:30 PM the day of most subscription concert (11:30 AM– 12:30 PM for 2:00 PM performances). The seating will be throughout the hall and is subject to availability. Please note that the number of available tickets varies by performance and there is a limit of one ticket per person for each purchase.
Visit Community Rush for an updated weekly listing of available shows.
If you're travelling to Philadelphia as part of a group, take advantage of great group rates. For more information click here or call 215.893.3121.