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03-22-2012

Soprano Michelle Johnson Makes Her OCP Debut in Title Role of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut, April 20-29 at the Academy of Music

Live theater always keeps us on our toes, and this week was no exception as we were informed that soprano Ermonela Jaho will have to withdraw from our April production of Manon Lescaut due to medical issues. We are delighted, however, to announce that we have been able to cast a star of national significance who also enjoys local ties. Soprano Michelle Johnson, winner of the 2011 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, will be stepping in to sing the title role in the Opera Company of Philadelphia’s Puccini masterpiece next month.

03-07-2012

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.

02-29-2012

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

02-16-2012

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.

02-09-2012

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!

02-04-2012

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.

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