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Curtis Opera Theatre Presents DIDO+, an evening of opera built around Purcell's Dido and Aeneas

 

Four Sold-Out Performances in the Curtis Opera Studio include Luciano Berio's Sequenza III and Kurt Weill's Berlin Requiem and Ballad of the Soldier's Wife

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(September 26, 2012) The Curtis Opera Theatre presents DIDO+, an evening of intimate opera works built around Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, performed on four sold-out dates October 4 through 7 in the Curtis Opera Studio.

Purcell's glorious music enlivens the classical legend of the regal lovers Dido and Aeneas--one a queen, the other a noble warrior--forced to choose between passion and duty. Dido's famous lament finds echoes in compelling short works by Berio (Sequenza III) and Weill (The Berlin Requiem and Ballad of the Soldier's Wife).

The talented young vocalists of the Curtis Opera Theatre perform Dido and Aeneas with the Curtis Collegium, conducted by Matthew Glandorf. Lisa Keller is the pianist for the The Berlin Requiem and Ballad of the Soldier's Wife. Stage direction is by Jordan Fein; scenic and costume design is by Christopher E. Ford and Dakota Rose; and lighting design is by J. Dominic Chacon.

All performances are sold out. To check last-minute ticket availability, please contact the Curtis Patron Services Office at (215) 893-7902. 

The Curtis Opera Theatre season is sponsored by The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation.

Matthew Glandorf has an active career as a conductor, composer, church musician, and educator. He was raised in Germany, where he received early instruction at the organ at the Bremen Cathedral with Wolfgang Baumgratz. At age sixteen he entered the Curtis Institute of Music as a student of John Weaver and Ford Lallerstedt. He pursued graduate studies with McNeil Robinson at the Manhattan School of Music. In 2004 he was appointed as artistic director of the Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia, and in 2008 he became the artistic director of the Bach Festival of Philadelphia. He has served as director of music for many Philadelphia churches, including Old St. Joseph's, Old Pine Street Presbyterian, and Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion. 

As an organist he is noted for his improvisation and has played recitals throughout the United States and in England and Germany, including Rochester Cathedral, Ulm Munster, the Cathedral of Bremen, the Wanamaker Grand Court organ, and the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ in Verizon Hall. He has made several recordings as an organist and an accompanist. Mr. Glandorf has served on the faculties of Swarthmore College and Westminster Choir College and joined the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in 1995.

Jordan Fein is a New York-based theater and opera director. Most recently he directed Edward Albee's The Zoo Story and Lisa D'Amour's Anna Bella Eema at the acclaimed Williamstown Theater Festival. Other credits include Queen of the May (Galapagos Art Space, Brooklyn), Rags Parkland (Ars Nova Ant Fest), Edibles Inc. (Incubator Arts Project), The Maids (Fourth Street Theatre), and The Sunderband (Shelby Company). At Curtis Jordan has assisted directors Emma Griffin (The Cunning Little Vixen and I Capuleti e i Montecchi) and Chas Rader-Shieber (Elegy for Young Lovers). He is a graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.

The Curtis Opera Theatre works with established professional directors and designers to create fresh interpretations of standard repertoire and contemporary works. All of Curtis's 25 voice and opera students are cast repeatedly each season in three to four fully staged productions at varied venues, receiving a rare level of performance experience. As a result Curtis graduates have sung with opera companies all over the world, including La Scala, Covent Garden, the Vienna Staatsoper, the Metropolitan Opera, Houston Grand Opera, and the San Francisco Opera.

The Curtis Institute of Music educates and trains exceptionally gifted young musicians for careers as performing artists on the highest professional level. One of the world's leading conservatories, Curtis is highly selective and provides full-tuition scholarships to all of its 167 students. In this intimate environment, students receive personalized attention from a celebrated faculty. A busy schedule of performances in Philadelphia and around the word is at the heart of Curtis's distinctive "learn by doing" approach. This philosophy has produced an impressive number of notable artists since the school's founding in 1924; Curtis alumni hold principal chairs in every major American orchestra, and each season they are featured as guest soloists with the world's leading orchestras, opera houses and chamber music series. Grounded in a rich heritage, Curtis is looking to the future in a flexible and forward-thinking way, evolving strategically to serve its time-honored mission.

 

 

Curtis Opera Theatre: DIDO+, an evening of opera based around Purcell's Dido and Aeneas

Thursday, October 4 at 7:30 p.m. *SOLD OUT
Friday, October 5 at 7:30 p.m. *SOLD OUT
Saturday, October 6 at 7:30 p.m. *SOLD OUT
Sunday, October 7 at 2:30 p.m. *SOLD OUT

Curtis Opera Studio, Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia

Matthew Glandorf, conductor
Jordan Fein, stage director
Christopher E. Ford and Dakota Rose, scenic and costume designers
J. Dominic Chacon, lighting designer

WEILL The Berlin Requiem

Ballad of the Soldier's Wife 
PURCELL    Dido and Aeneas
BERIO Sequenza III

To check last-minute ticket availability, please contact the Curtis Patron Services Office at (215) 893-7902.

The Curtis Opera Theatre season is sponsored by The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation.

 

CAST: October 4 and 6

The Ballad of the Soldier's Wife
Alize Rozsnyai

The Berlin Requiem
Spencer Lang
Jarrett Ott
Thomas Shivone

Sequenza III
Alize Rozsnyai

Dido and Aeneas
Dido: Lauren Eberwein
Belinda: Alize Rozsnyai
Aeneas: Julian Arsenault
Second Woman: Meredith LaBouff
Sorceress: Jonathan McCullough
First Witch: Nian Wang
Second Witch: Sarah Shafer
Spirit: Rachel Sterrenberg
Sailor: Spencer Lang


CAST: October 5 and 7

 

The Ballad of the Soldier's Wife
Alize Rozsnyai

The Berlin Requiem
Spencer Lang
Julian Arsenault
Thomas Shivone

Sequenza III
Alize Rozsnyai

Dido and Aeneas
Dido: Shir Rozzen
Belinda: Alize Rozsnyai
Aeneas: Jarrett Ott
Second Woman: Meredith LaBouff
Sorceress: Jonathan McCullough
First Witch: Nian Wang
Second Witch: Sarah Shafer
Spirit: Rachel Sterrenberg
Sailor: Spencer Lang

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