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Performances


 

BERNSTEIN

A Quiet Place

March 7, 9 at 7:30 p.m.; March 11 at 2:30 p.m.
Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center

Curtis Opera Theatre at the Perelman
in partnership with Opera Philadelphia and the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

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.

Leonard Bernstein at 100

Composer, conductor, author, and music icon Leonard Bernstein is still fascinating audiences 100 years after his birth. Best known for creating cultural touchstones like West Side Story, On the Waterfront, and Candide, he called A Quiet Place “unlike any work I have ever written or seen.” The opera revisits the unhappy suburban family from Trouble in Tahiti thirty years later, only to find them reeling in the wake of tragedy. Unhappy memories and long-buried resentments surface, and the survivors have a choice: to hurt one another again—or to heal. The chamber adaptation by Garth Edwin Sunderland receives its American premiere from the Curtis Opera Theatre, in a production by director Daniel Fish. Corrado Rovaris, Opera Philadelphia’s Jack Mulroney Music Director, leads members of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra in Bernstein’s dramatic music–by turns explosive, elegiac, and playful–given a more intimate scale in Sunderland’s orchestration. 

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

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

 

 


WEILL

Mahagonny: Ein Songspiel

MENOTTI

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

Curtis Opera Theatre at the Perelman
in partnership with Opera Philadelphia and the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

In a study of empty promises, Kurt Weill’s cynical take on utopia is paired with Gian Carlo Menotti’s deceitful medium, highlighting the ways deception can lead to destruction and grief. The escape to a fascinating city of pleasure leads to disillusionment in Mahagonny: Ein Songspiel, which launched Weill’s rich collaboration with Bertolt Brecht; this scenic cantata is a precursor to The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny. In Menotti’s tragic drama The Medium, an imagined dialogue with the departed provides temporary comfort for the bereaved at a séance—before an inexplicable, perhaps truly supernatural event becomes the catalyst for a slide into paranoia and madness. Carlos Ágreda conducts and Emma Griffin directs.

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.

 

 

 

 

Past Performances


DEBUSSY

Impressions of Pelléas

October 5, 6, 7 at 7:30 p.m.; October 8 at 2:30 p.m.
Curtis Opera Studio (Limited elevator access; requires the usage of stairs)

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.

Fully staged production with piano accompaniment, sung in English

 

 


TCHAIKOVSKY

Eugene Onegin

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

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.

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

 



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