2024 Curtis Gala

Gala | Curtis Opera Theatre | May 4, 2024 3:00 p.m.

Save the Date

Featuring Curtis Opera Theatre’s production of The Cunning Little Vixen  

Followed by cocktails and dinner  

Join us at the annual Curtis Gala for a festive celebration of Curtis’s legacy of voice. Proceeds from the gala play a vital role in underwriting the unparalleled education of Curtis students. Your participation today can help define the legacy of Curtis for generations to come. 

JANÁČEK The Cunning Little Vixen

3:00 p.m. | Performance
5:00 p.m. | Cocktail Reception
6:30 p.m. | Seated Dinner

  • May 4, 2024
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Phone: (215) 717-3131
Email: giving@curtis.edu


  • John Matsumoto Giampietro is a Brooklyn-based stage director of opera and theatre.

    He is the Associate Director of the Chautauqua Opera Conservatory, where he has directed several operas including The Cunning Little Vixen, Hänsel und Gretel, Le nozze di Figaro, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

    John is a vocal arts acting faculty member and stage director at The Juilliard School where he teaches acting across all degree programs.

    He is a frequent director with Youngblood, Ensemble Studio Theater’s Obie-award-winning young writers group. At EST, John directed the NY Times acclaimed production of Year of the Rooster by Olivia Dufault.

    John has directed opera and theatre at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Urban Stages, Vermont Shakespeare Festival, Curtis Institute of Music, The Flea Theatre, Shenandoah Conservatory and NYU Tisch School of the Arts, among others.

    Learn more about John.

  • Internationally recognised for his energetic presence, imaginative programming, and compelling musicianship, Vinay Parameswaran (Conducting ’15) is one of the most exciting and versatile young conductors on the podium today.

    Prior to his time with the Cleveland Orchestra, Parameswaran was the Associate Conductor of the Nashville Symphony for three seasons and led over 150 performances, which included his subscription debut with the Orchestra in 2016/17, conducting works by Gabriella Smith, Grieg, and Prokofiev. Other highlights have included debuts with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Detroit Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra, Louisville Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony, Grant Park Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony, and Jacksonville Symphony.

    Equally at home in symphonic and operatic repertoire, and in the recording studio, Parameswaran has led performances of Mozart’s The Magic Flute and Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love with Curtis Opera Theater. In Cleveland, he has assisted Franz Welser-Möst on productions of Verdi’s Otello, Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen, Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde and Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos. With the Curtis Ensemble 20/21 and violinists Jaime Laredo and Jennifer Koh, Parameswaran recorded the album Two x Four, featuring works by Bach, David Ludwig, Philip Glass, and Anna Clyne. In 2020/21, Parameswaran recorded a selection of concerts with the Cleveland Orchestra for the Orchestra’s digital streaming platform.

    Parameswaran was a Conducting Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, and has participated in conducting masterclasses with David Zinman at the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, as well as with Marin Alsop and Gustav Meier at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music. Parameswaran was a recipient of a Career Assistance Award by the Solti Foundation U.S. in May 2021.

    A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Parameswaran graduated with honours from Brown University with a Bachelor of Arts in music and political science.  At Brown, he began his conducting studies with Paul Phillips.  He received an Artist Diploma in conducting from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with renowned pedagogue Otto-Werner Mueller as the Albert M. Greenfield Fellow.

    Learn more about Vinay.

  • 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.

Special Thanks

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


Curtis is grateful for the support from our following sponsors.


Mignon and Jim Groch
Mark and Robin Rubenstein

Diamond Sponsors

Linda E. Johnson and Bruce Ratner
John H. McFadden and Lisa D. Kabnick
Mark and Robin Rubenstein

Gold Sponsors
Silver Sponsors
Mignon and Jim Groch
The Rubenstein Foundation
Rubenstein Partners
Deborah M. Fretz
Lisa and Gie Liem
Betty H. Matarese
Susan and Frank Mechura
Copper Sponsors
Anthony B. Creamer III
Allen R. and Judy Brick Freedman
William A. Horn, M.D.
Marsha Hunter and Brian K. Johnson
Elissa Koljonen and Roberto Díaz
Cornelia B. and R. Ashbrook McCann
Edward A. Montgomery Jr.
William S. Mulherin and Joseph F. Baker
C. Richard Neu and Virginia L. Ambrosini
Chiona Xanthopoulou-Schwarz
Drs. Nadia and Elias Zerhouni


Soprano Circle

Tobe Amsterdam
Mr. Charles C. Freyer and Ms. Judith Durkin Freyer
Joan Dolgonos Gross
Bob and Guna Mundheim
Barbara Eberlein and Jerry Wind

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