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2015-2016 Season

La bohème l Manon l Empty the House l Capriccio l Le nozze di Figaro


Three opera subscription (Manon, Empty the House, Le Nozze di Figaro) on sale now! Purchase today!

Single tickets will be available on August 3.


La bohème
by Giacomo Puccini

Kensho Watanabe, conductor
Concert performance with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, sung in Italian with English supertitles.

Saturday, October 3, 2015
7:30 p.m.

Sunday, October 4, 2015
2:30 p.m.

Prince Theater, 1412 Chestnut Street

Poor but carefree Rodolfo and Mimi fall deeply in love, until misunderstandings and Mimi's illness threaten their happiness. Their bittersweet reunion, filled with pathos, is all too brief. This immortal story of tragic love among struggling young bohemians, wrapped in the mantle of Puccini's sublime score, is presented in concert.

Special performance, not part of the regular Curtis Opera Theatre subscription season.

Single tickets: $5, $25, $50
 

Manon by Jules Massenet

David Hayes, conductor
Stephanie Havey, stage director
Fully staged production with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, sung in French with English supertitles
 

Thursday, November 19, 2015
7:30 p.m.

Friday, November 20, 2015
7:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 21, 2015
7:30 p.m.

Sunday, November 22, 2015
2:30 p.m.

Prince Theater, 1412 Chestnut Street

The naïve, beautiful Manon, seeking love and seduced by luxury, finds that she cannot have both at once-and makes her choice. Massenet paints a lush picture of fin-de-siècle Paris, with its dazzling social scene and dark undercurrents.

Subscriptions: $65, $85, $100; Single tickets: $5, $25, $50
 

Empty the House (world premiere) Rene Orth, composer
and Mark Campbell, librettist

Fully staged production with the Curtis Chamber Orchestra, sung in English

Thursday, January 21, 2016
7:30 p.m.

Friday, January 22, 2016
7:30 p.m.

Saturday, January 23, 2016
7:30 p.m.

Sunday, January 24, 2016
2:30 p.m.

Curtis Opera Studio, 1726 Locust Street

When a mother invites her grown daughter home for a last weekend in a house filled with painful memories, the past nearly overwhelms them both. An intimate, poignant exploration of the complex nature of forgiveness from the rising young Curtis composer Rene Orth and Pulitzer Prize-winning librettist Mark Campbell, in its world-premiere production.

Subscriptions: $65, $85, $100; Single tickets: $5, $25, $50
 

Capriccio by Richard Strauss

Presented in association with Opera Philadelphia and Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts Aurora Series for Chamber Opera at the Perelman Theater

Timothy Myers, conductor
Chas Rader-Shieber, stage director
Fully staged production with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, sung in German with English supertitles

Wednesday, March 2, 2016
7:30 p.m.

Friday, March 4, 2016
8 p.m.

Sunday, March 6, 2016
2:30 p.m.

Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, 300 South Broad Street

Which is greater among the arts, poetry or music? The opera explores that question in an allegorical tale: The young, widowed Countess Madeleine is torn between two suitors, the poet Olivier and the composer Flamand. What will impress her more-Flamand's music or Olivier's words? Richard Strauss's final opera glows with wit and gorgeous melody.
 

Le nozze di Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Francesco Pasqualetti, conductor
Jordan Fein, stage director
Fully staged production with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, sung in Italian with English supertitles.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016
7:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 7, 2016
7:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 8, 2016
2:30 p.m.

Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, 300 South Broad Street

Figaro and Susanna can't wait to marry-but the Count they serve has his own plans. Meanwhile the Countess schemes with her household staff to regain her husband's affections. There's a whole world of laughter, love, and light in Mozart's luminous tale of servants outwitting their masters.

Subscriptions: $65, $85, $100; Single tickets: $5, $25, $50
 

Questions? Call or email the Curtis Patron Services Office at tickets@curtis.edu or (215) 893-7902.


ABOUT THE CURTIS OPERA THEATRE

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.


WATCH AND LISTEN

IN THE NEWS

 

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

Capriccio, presented in association with Opera Philadelphia and Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts Aurora Series for Chamber Opera at the Perelman Theater, is funded in part through support from the William Penn Foundation and the Wyncote Foundation.

 

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