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Bel Canto Lyric Opera Company Philadelphia is a leading Opera Company based in Philadelphia Pennsylvania and tasked with bringing the artistic creations the masters of Opera to life. Since 2000, Bel Canto Lyric Opera Company Philadelphia has offered audiences in the Philadelphia area a variety of high-quality productions. With 30 professionals running the stage, we’re happy to share our passion with you.

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What Marianne Casiello started off as a small town Opera company has now become one of the most recognized performing arts companies in the Philadelphia area and beyond. Since opening its doors in 1998, Bel Canto Lyric Opera Company Philadelphia has managed to captivate the hearts of audiences with a variety of quality performances and shows. Stop by today and come see one of our unforgettable shows!

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Ever since opening its doors to the Philadelphia community in 2000, Bel Canto Lyric Opera Company Philadelphia has truly lived up to its reputation as the leading Opera Company in the industry. From drama to comedy to music, we strive to provide quality entertainment to our large community of performing arts enthusiasts at great prices.

At Bel Canto Lyric Opera Company Philadelphia, we believe that the art of performance unleashes inner artistic demons that are just waiting to see some light. And what happens when these demons are combined with talent? Magic ensues, and your visual experience is enhanced. Stop by and experience it all for yourself!

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Bringing Performance to Life

Looking for a place to catch the best shows and productions? Bel Canto Lyric Opera Company Philadelphia is a leading Opera Company that has been dazzling audiences with magical productions since 2000. Whether you’re looking to laugh, cry, or for some good old entertainment, Bel Canto Lyric Opera Company Philadelphia is best bet for a nice night out in town. We’ve got something for everyone to enjoy here, including top of the line productions at very reasonable prices. Swing by today and prepare to be entertained!

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Every Opera Company has a great story that paved the way to its establishment. In fact, most stories stem from one person’s childhood passion that eventually evolve into a tangible reality - bringing masterpieces to life through hard work, determination, and persistence.

The Bel Canto Lyric Opera Company was formed to foster an appreciation for "bel canto" style singing in performances with an orchestra. 'Bel Canto' is Italian for "beautiful singing" and is associated with the smooth lines and artistic elegance of late 18th century Italian opera. Singers in our company come from Philadelphia, New Jersey, Delaware and New York areas. Many have trained with vocal director, Marianne Casiello, who founded the company and has taught at the Curtis Institute of Music. Music director and conductor, Salvatore Scarpa, is conductor of the orchestras of Rowan University, assistant conductor of the Pennsylvania Ballet, and an award winning composer and arranger. The company, now in its 26th year, is celebrating its 20th anniversary as a non-profit corporation dedicated to bringing opera to the community. The artists of the company have performed at local colleges and universities including LaSalle, Immaculata, Haverford and the University of the Arts as well as with other leading symphony orchestras. Alumni of our company include Lisa Daltierus who has gone on to an international career that has included debuts with Lyric Opera of Chicago, New York City Opera and various European opera houses. For several summers the company has performed an evening of Pops at the Music Pier as well as with Kenneth Square Symphony Orchestra. Bel Canto Lyric Opera Company is the only resident company in the Delaware Valley that performs all their concerts with a full professional symphony orchestra.They perform annually at the Alfonso Cavaliere Memorial Scholarship Fund Concert which benefits gifted music students.

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Director of Music

Anthony received musical training at the Philadelphia Musical Academy. His teachers included William de Pasquale, Assistant Concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and Goerge Harpham, Assistant Principal Cello of the Philadelphia Orchestra. In 1979-80, he toured Europe with the Spring Piano Trio. He was Solo Cellist with the Broadway Show, "The Elephant Man", 1980. He was the Principal Cellist with the Houston Opera for Jose Carreras in 1991. In 1993 he was Solo Cellist in Berlin and Paris for Merideth Monk’s "Atlas".
He was also a composer for Melanie Stewart Dance. Anthony is Assistant Conductor and music director of Bel Canto Opera Company. In addition to being an active freelancer Anthony is now devoting his time to composition for cello, teaching, and developing a system concerning preventative healthcare for musicians.


Artistic Director

David Hobbs was one of the founding members of the Valley Forge Chorale when it started in 2010, and he also has worked with the Chorale as a Composer-in-Residence and a soloist. The Valley Forge Chorale performed the world premiere of his composition Threnody of a Grateful Nation in 2012, and the Chorale is pleased to present his work Jubilate & Te Deum spring 2016.
A graduate of Eastern University, David was the Mozart Scholar during his senior year. While at Eastern, David was a two-time finalist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in its First Hearing Competition for young composers. Several of his arrangements of Neapolitan songs were performed by Andy Fei during the tenor's 2005 tour of China.
David joined the Bel Canto Lyric Opera Company of Philadelphia in 1992 at the age of 16. In 1999, he became a featured artist. He was appointed Assistant Conductor of the company in 2005. David has been a featured artist with the Opera Theatre Company of Philadelphia and the Lancaster Opera Company. He has been a soloist with many local orchestras including the Ocean City Pops, the Kennett Square Symphony, the North Penn Symphony, the Abington Symphony, and the Pottstown Symphony Orchestra. David is currently serving as the Director of Music at the Church of the Holy Trinity in West Chester. David and his wife, Joy, live in Elmer, NJ.



Mr. Salvatore Scarpa is Professor of Conducting, Trombone, Theory, and Director of the Rowan University Orchestras. He is also Associate Conductor of the Pennsylvania Ballet and Conductor of the Atlantic Brass Band. He holds degrees from Eastman School of Music (M.M.) and Rowan University (B.M.). His career as a trombonist has been focused on the world of jazz, popular music, and recording. He has also been a member of the Bay-Atlantic Symphony and performed extensively in classical venues. The Eastman Trombone Ensemble commissioned and performed his composition "Sonora."

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Start Your Journey With Us Today

We’ve all had that childhood dream of becoming a famous singer or just love being on stage. At Bel Canto Lyric Opera Company Philadelphia, you can turn those dreams into a reality with a wide range options. Are you an aspiring artist and looking for a place to unleash your potential? Check out our broad selection of options to participate, and start your artistic experience with us today!


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Are you an aspiring artist who is looking for a way to have your talents be discovered? Our Performance rehearsal is a great way into the industry. Whether you’re looking to gain expert advice or you want to work on developing the right skills, our Performance rehearsal is directed by industry professionals, and we will have you on stage in no time!

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Since 2000, Bel Canto Lyric Opera Company Philadelphia has provided the city of Philadelphia with a wide range of educational opportunities to discover their artistic potential. Come help us plan the season and our future events.


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Wondering what you can do to get your talents recognized? Join us! At Bel Canto Lyric Opera Company Philadelphia, we’ve got a wide range of events and educational programs designed to help you use the skills you have. Our events can be tailored to your specific needs and requests. Contact us for more information.

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Bel Canto Lyric Opera Company Philadelphia is a renowned Opera Company dedicated to providing residents with a variety of quality productions at competitive market rates. Our company is thriving thanks to our generous benefactors, and we are highly grateful for the help we get in doing what we love the most. Interested in contributing a helping hand? The sky’s the limit when it comes to all the options. Get in touch today and see how you can help!

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August 23, 2017

Come join us in Ocean City New Jersey for a night of beautiful music at the scenic music pier.  A night to remember featuring the always spectacular Valley Forge Chorale, the Bel Canto Lyric Opera Company and the Ocean City Pops under the baton of Anthony Pirollo.

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October 2017

Yearly commemorative event at South Philadelphia High School celebrating the life of a phenomenal patron of the arts and his contribution to Philadelphia's arts scene.

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December 2017

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October 21, 2018

Annual South Philadelphia High School concert celebrating the life of a phenomenal patron of the arts and his contribution to Philadelphia's arts scene.

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