Curtis Opera Theatre

Through imaginative productions, bold concepts, and absorbing theater, the artists of the Curtis Opera Theatre prepare to become stars of the world stage. The combination of key elements of artistry—music, acting, singing, and costumes—allows these student-artists to create a lasting connection with audiences.

The Turn of the Screw

Based on Henry James’s chilling 19th-century novella, Benjamin Britten’s psychological thriller The Turn of the Screw launches the Curtis Opera Theatre season with a spine-tingling tale of ghosts and possession at the Philadelphia Film Center.

The Elixir of Love

Passion promised by a “magic” love potion proves to be no match for the real thing in Gaetano Donizetti’s hilarious bel canto masterpiece, The Elixir of Love (L’elisir d’amore).


The Curtis Opera Theatre’s 22/23 season concludes with Handel’s riveting tale of dark obsession, desire, and royal intrigue set in the medieval Scottish Highlands.

The Medium/Triple Sec

Film release—details to come!

Join us for a double bill of American operas by two of Curtis’s most distinguished alumni. Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Medium is a disturbing tale of a fraudulent psychic’s violent confrontation with the unknown. Marc Blitzstein’s farcical Triple-Sec is a critique of the Roaring Twenties right before they came crashing down.

The Curtis Opera Theatre is generously supported by the Ernestine Bacon Cairns Trust, the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, and the Wyncote Foundation.