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Impressions of Pelléas

October 5, 6, 7 at 7:30 p.m.; October 8 at 2:30 p.m.

Curtis Opera Studio 
1726 Locust Street

(Limited elevator access; requires the use of stairs)

Fully staged production with piano accompaniment, sung in English

Debussy’s music weaves a tragic fairy tale, intimately retold by Peter Brook and Marius Constant. Mistrust and guilt mingle with romantic attraction as Prince Golaud struggles with the growing affection between Mélisande, his mysterious wife, and his brother Pelléas.

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Eugene Onegin

November 16, 17, 18 at 7:30 p.m.; November 19 at 2:30 p.m.

Prince Theater
1412 Chestnut Street

Fully staged production with members of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, sung in Russian with English supertitles

A sentimental ingénue confesses her love for an imperious aristocrat, and meets a crushing rejection. Years pass and the tables are turned, with poignant regrets for both. Based on Pushkin’s famed novel, Tchaikovsky’s deeply moving drama is marked by impassioned interactions and a continuous outpouring of glorious lyricism.

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A Quiet Place

March 7, 9 at 7:30 p.m.; March 11 at 2:30 p.m.

Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center

March 13 at 8 p.m.
Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College

This performance is part of Curtis on Tour, the Nina von Maltzahn global touring initiative of the Curtis Institute of Music.

Fully staged production with members of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, sung in English with supertitles

In tribute to the centenary of distinguished alumnus Leonard Bernstein, the Curtis Opera Theatre presents the American premiere of Garth Edwin Sunderland's chamber adaptation of A Quiet Place, which Bernstein wrote with librettist Stephen Wadsworth in the 1980s. A family reels in the wake of tragedy, stirring unhappy memories and long-buried resentments. With their midcentury suburban paradise in shreds, the survivors have a choice: to hurt one another again—or to heal.

A Quiet Place is sponsored in part by BNP Paribas and the Allen R. and Judy Brick Freedman Venture Fund for Opera


Mahagonny: Ein Songspiel
The Medium

May 3 at 7:30 p.m.; May 5 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; May 6 at 7:30 p.m.

Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center

Fully staged production with members of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra. Mahagonny is sung in German with English supertitles and The Medium sung in English with supertitles.

The escape to a fascinating city of pleasure leads to disillusionment for the citizens of Mahagonny, while the escape to imagined dialogue with the departed holds an illusory attraction for the bereaved at a séance. Kurt Weill’s cynical take on utopia is paired with Menotti’s tragic drama, in a study of empty promises.

The Curtis Opera Theatre season is sponsored by the Wyncote Foundation.