Music

It would be an understatement to say that David B. Devan, the bow-tied general director and president of Opera Philadelphia, is over the moon about O17, the organization’s debut festival. With seven “operatic happenings” staged Sept. 14-23 in six venues, this is not only a genius marketing opportunity that brings international press to our city, it is also rich with innovation: operas in unique spaces (“The Wake World,” “War Stories”), those that copy a movie-going experience (“The Magic Flute”) and those relevant to Philly (“Elizabeth Cree,” “We Shall Not Be Moved”).

Out glam rocker Ricky Rebel will strut his fashionable stuff in Philly this weekend as part of the Summer Nights Tour, an annual gathering of diverse pop artists performing live in concert. Rebel, who is know for his hits “Stars” and “Boys and Sometimes Girls,” said he was drawn to the tour because it promotes a strong anti-bullying message.

Country singer/songwriter Chely Wright came out publicly in 2010 after topping the charts with hits including “Shut Up and Drive” and “Single White Female.” She then made a moving documentary, “Wish Me Away,” about her struggles with coming out, and published her autobiography, “Like Me.”

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