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Robert Kahn and WHYY Go Behind the Scenes of MERCY

Get a first glimpse of MERCY with behind-the-scenes footage on WHYY

Robert Kahn, wearing a black face mask, conducts while looking at score; singer is visible in background in separate recording booth


A profile of Robert Kahn from WHYY’s On Stage at Curtis explores his preparations as the conductor of MERCY, an opera/film from the Curtis Opera Theatre. With behind-the-scenes photos and footage, the new episode follows Robert’s journey through rehearsals and filming. On Stage at Curtis airs in Philadelphia on WHYY-TV at 7:30 p.m. and episodes are available to watch on demand. 




MERCY screens at the Philadelphia Film Center on Saturday, November 6 and streams online beginning Sunday, November 7. The opera/film, based on Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito, draws on a reorchestrated score and striking cinematography to reimagine an operatic experience. The convergence of two realities—a black and white cinematic mindscape and a real-world recording studio—revolves around Tito: both emperor of Rome and opera singer, he struggles to navigate happiness amid pressures of his authority. Revel in the vocal artistry of our performers, as they transport viewers to the silent film era. Powerful imagery accompanies powerful music in this emotionally interactive experience, filmed by the award-winning Neighborhood Film Company at Rittenhouse Filmworks and Rittenhouse Soundworks.

View the trailer and get tickets at Curtis.edu/MERCY.



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