L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato

Handel’s Glorious Pastoral Ode of Darkness and Light

Inspired by the poetry of 17th-century English writer John Milton, author of the epic Paradise Lost, Handel’s magnificent pastoral ode, L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (The Cheerful Man, the Thoughtful Man, and the Moderate Man), launches the Curtis Opera Theatre season at the Philadelphia Film Center with a stunning theatrical oratorio led by conductor Nicholas McGegan and acclaimed director Chas Rader-Shieber. This feast for the senses, featuring a thrilling cast of young opera stars and the renowned Curtis Symphony Orchestra, is a breathtaking collision of darkness and light, innocence and experience, and a celebration of the wonders of nature and the mysteries of life. 

L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato is sung in English with English supertitles. 

Run time: approximately 2 hours and 10 minutes including one intermission.

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HANDEL L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (The Cheerful Man, the Thoughtful Man, and the Moderate Man)
Based on two poems by John Milton, adapted and extended by Charles Jennens, libretto

Philadelphia Film Center
1412 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19102

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Chas Rader-Shieber stage director  
Nicholas McGegan conductor 
Maya Mor Mitrani soprano
Juliette Tacchino soprano
Sarah Fleiss soprano
Juliet Rand soprano
Dalia Medovnikov soprano
Sam Higgins alto
Katie Trigg alto
Shikta Mukherjee alto
Jackson Allen tenor
Hongrui Ren tenor
Evan Gray bass
Nathan Schludecker bass

members of Curtis Symphony Orchestra

Special Thanks

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