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Curtis Opera Theatre presents Mozart’s 'The Magic Flute' November 15 through 18

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(November 1, 2012) It's a fresh look at a familiar journey, when Curtis Opera Theatre presents Mozart's The Magic Flute, November 15 through 18 at the Prince Music Theater. Prince Tamino searches for his soulmate and learns to overcome his greatest fears in this moving and often comic opera. He and his friends triumph and find love and maturity along the way in this fully staged production with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, sung in German with English supertitles and dialogue.

The Magic Flute is directed by Chas Rader-Shieber and conducted by Vinay Parameswaran. Scenic and costume design is by Andrew Boyce with lighting design by Mark Barton. Performances take place on Thursday, November 15 through Saturday, November 17 at 7:30 p.m., and on Sunday November 18 at 2:30 p.m. The Prince Music Theater is located at 1412 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia.

Tickets are $35 and are available from the Curtis Patron Services Office at (215) 893-7902 or www.curtis.edu. The Curtis Opera Theatre season is sponsored by The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation.

Chas Rader-Shieber (director) has staged over 25 operas for the Curtis Opera Theatre since 1991, most recently Henze's Elegy for Young Lovers. Other recent work includes Lehár's Die lustige Witwe for Staatstheater Darmstadt, Handel's Tolomeo for the Glimmerglass Festival and Tamerlano for Washington National Opera and LA Opera, Die Entführung aus dem Serail for Lyric Opera of Chicago and San Francisco Opera, and Don Giovanni for Santa Fe Opera. Mr. Rader-Shieber's other credits include work for the opera companies of Houston, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Minnesota, Vancouver, the New York City Opera, and the Spoleto Festival, among others. Having made a specialty of 17th- and 18th-century operas, Mr. Rader-Shieber has directed Mozart's Idomeneo, La clemenza di Tito, Die Zauberflöte, Le nozze di Figaro, Il re pastore, and Così fan tutte, and Handel's Giulio Cesare, Semele, Ariodante, Acis and Galatea, Imeneo, Alcina, Xerxes, Partenope, Tolomeo, and Flavio, as well as works of Monteverdi, Cavalli, Purcell, Charpentier, and Gluck. Mr. Rader-Shieber joined the Curtis faculty in 2009. He will stage Handel's Rinaldo in 2013.

San Francisco Bay Area native Vinay Parameswaran (conductor) entered the Curtis Institute of Music in 2009 and studies with Otto-Werner Mueller, distinguished conducting pedagogue. All students at Curtis receive merit-based full-tuition scholarships, and Mr. Parameswaran is the Albert M. Greenfield Fellow. In 2012–13, Mr. Parameswaran conducts the Vermont Symphony in four double concertos with distinguished violinists Jamie Laredo and Jennifer Koh. He also leads concerts at the Perelman Theater, Kennedy Center, and Miller Theater with Curtis On Tour. In the summer of 2011, Mr. Parameswaran participated in the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music's Conductors Institute, headed by Marin Alsop and Gustav Meier. In May he served as the cover conductor for Robert Spano during the Curtis Symphony Orchestra's residency at the Dresden Music Festival, and for Miguel Harth-Bedoya at the Fort Worth Symphony.

In the 2011–12 season, Mr. Parameswaran made his Curtis Opera Theatre debut conducting a double-bill of works by Davies and Handel. He also led the Curtis Symphony Orchestra twice at Verizon Hall in works by Barber, Danielpour, and Ludwig. Mr. Parameswaran served as the assistant conductor of Curtis Opera Theatre productions of Les Mamelles de Tirésias, The Cunning Little Vixen, and Elegy For Young Lovers. He made his Kennedy Center debut in 2011 with the Curtis 20/21 Ensemble. Prior to entering Curtis, Mr. Parameswaran majored in music and political science at Brown University, where he graduated with honors in 2009.

The Curtis Opera Theatre, under the artistic direction of Mikael Eliasen, 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, 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, Houston Grand Opera, the San Francisco Opera, and the Metropolitan 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 provides its 165 students with full-tuition scholarships and personalized attention from a celebrated faculty. The school's distinctive "learn by doing" approach has produced an impressive number of notable artists since its 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.

Curtis's innovative programs encourage students to perform often and hone 21st-century musical skills, and the school's facilities offer superb spaces for music-making, as well as state-of-the-art technologies to enhance learning. Students perform internationally with Curtis On Tour in addition to more than 150 performances in and around Philadelphia each year. When they graduate, they become musical leaders, making a profound impact on music around the globe.

 

Curtis Opera Theatre: The Magic Flute by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Thursday, November 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, November 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 18 at 2:30 p.m.

Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia

Vinay Parameswaran, conductor
Chas Rader-Shieber, stage director
Andrew Boyce, scenic and costume designer
Mark Barton, lighting designer
Curtis Symphony Orchestra
Philadelphia Boys Choir

Fully staged production with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, sung in German with English supertitles and dialogue.

Tickets: $35; available from the Curtis Patron Services Office at (215) 893-7902 or www.curtis.edu.

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

Cast (in singing order)
November 15 and 17

Tamino - Adam Frandsen
First Lady - Ashley Thouret (’11)*
Second Lady - Lauren Eberwein
Third Lady - Jazimina MacNeil
Papageno - Sean Michael Plumb
Queen of the Night - Anna Davidson
Monostatos - Spencer Lang
Pamina - Sarah Shafer
Three Boys - Andrew Zaayenga+, Troy Larsen+, Austen Reid+
Sarastro - Andrew Bogard
Speaker - Thomas Shivone
Priest - Jarett Ott
Papagena - Meredith LaBouff

Chorus
Julian Arsenault
Margaret Brink*
Rachel Daly*
Vartan Gabrielian
Ali Javaheri*
Jamez McCorkle
Siddhartha Misra*
Jarrett Ott
Thomas Shivone
Christopher Tiesi
Shir Rozzen
Nian Wang

* guest artist
+ courtesy of the Philadelphia Boys Choir (Jeffrey R. Smith, music director)

 

Cast (in singing order)
November 16 and 18

Tamino - Roy Hage
First Lady - Ashley Thouret (’11)*
Second Lady - Nian Wang
Third Lady - Shir Rozzen
Papageno - Johnathan McCullough
Queen of the Night - Alize Rozsnyai
Monostatos - Spencer Lang
Pamina - Rachel Sterrenberg
Three Boys - Andrew Zaayenga+, Troy Larsen+, Austen Reid+
Sarastro - Anthony Reed
Speaker - Thomas Shivone
Priest - Jarett Ott
Papagena - Meredith LaBouff

Chorus
Julian Arsenault
Margaret Brink*
Rachel Daly*
Vartan Gabrielian
Ali Javaheri*
Jamez McCorkle
Siddhartha Misra*
Jarrett Ott
Thomas Shivone
Christopher Tiesi
Lauren Eberwein
Jazimina MacNeil

* guest artist
+ courtesy of the Philadelphia Boys Choir (Jeffrey R. Smith, music director)

 

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(215) 717-3190
jennifer.kallend@curtis.edu

 

Elizabeth Racheva
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(215) 717-3187
elizabeth.racheva@curtis.edu
 


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