Anansi the Spider


NICHOLAS DIBERARDINO              Anansi and the Great Light

Kanika Ambrose, librettist 
Julia Bumke, stage director 

Lindsey Reynolds, soprano
Sophia Maekawa, mezzo-soprano
Aaron Crouch, tenor
Curtis Chamber Ensemble
Yuwon Kim, conductor

with the Girard College Elementary School Choir
Paul Eaton, director


Curtis singers present a children’s opera based on classic fables of Anansi the Spider, a beloved hero of West African folklore. This shape-shifting character, who triumphs over adversity thanks to his characteristic wit and cunning, will entrance all ages. Composer and Community Artist Fellow Nicholas DiBerardino (Composition ’18) will gather text and musical material from students at Girard College to bring Anansi’s adventures to life.



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 Wells FargoThe Community Artist Fellowship at Girard College is generously supported by Wells Fargo.


The Curtis Institute of Music receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.