Background Notes on ELEGY FOR YOUNG LOVERS

Written by Peter Burwasser, provided courtesy of Curtis Opera Theatre

As much as any other composer working in the past 75 years, Hans Werner Henze is an artist of his times and environment. The influences on his output have ranged from the monstrosity of Nazism he encountered in his youth in Germany, to the beautiful rhythms and mores of his adopted home, Italy, in the hills of Tuscany.


The Curtis Opera Theatre’s ELEGY FOR YOUNG LOVERS This March!

The Opera Company of Philadelphia’s Aurora Series for Chamber Opera at the Perelman Theater has become known as a contemporary home for eclectic, highly theatrical productions in recent seasons, and this March, a thrilling area premiere is on tap with Curtis Opera Theatre’s new production of Hans Werner Henze’s Elegy for Young Lovers.  Presented in association with the Opera Company of Philadelphia and Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, this powerful opera tells the story of a ruthless poet who looks to an unlikely cast of characters to provide his artistic inspiration in the m


Two Star Curtis Sopranos take to the Stage!

The upcoming production The Abduction from the Seraglio features two stars from the Curtis Institute of Music, one past and one present, who have sung throughout the world and return to their musical home in Philadelphia to bring this delightful Mozart opera to life.


Explore the 2012-2013 Season


The Opera Company of Philadelphia is pleased to announce the 2012-2013 Season, featuring five new productions at the Academy of Music and the Perelman Theater and a cast of much-anticipated debuts and returning star voices!


The Abduction From The Seraglio: Program Notes from Director Robert B. Driver


It has been 13 years since I last staged The Abduction from the Seraglio in Philadelphia in a traditional, period production at the Academy of Music. My first experience with the opera was as an Assistant Director with the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich in the 1960s, which was also an elegant, traditional production in the lovely Rococo Cuvillies-Theater.


Meet the Cast of Mozart's Abduction

A New, 1920s Production of Mozart's The Abduction from the Seraglio Sparkles as a 1920s Spy Intrigue, Featuring Some of the Era's Most Famed Silent Films!