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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 midst of a deadly, mountain-top snowstorm.  The opera runs March 14, 16, and 18 at the Perelman Theater.

Henze

With Elegy, Hans Werner Henze, one of the foremost composers of our time, has created a piece which The Guardian praised as, “… compelling… the power of Henze’s wiry, intense score for an ensemble of 23 players emerges.”   The American Premiere of another important Henze work, Phaedra, was presented by the Opera Company of Philadelphia last June as part of the Aurora Series, and was praised as, “a substantial artistic coup,” by The New York Times, while The Philadelphia Inquirer called it, “… from a force and range of expression that can’t be fettered by anything traditional… Just fasten your seat belt and take the ride.” 

Now in its fifth season, this joint collaboration between the Curtis Institute, the Opera Company, and the Kimmel Center draws audiences who are eager to experience exciting and rarely-performed titles, as well as the rising star casting that is a hallmark of the Curtis Opera Theatre.  Last season’s production of The Cunning Little Vixen was called, quite simply, “one of the operatic events of the season” by The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Elegy for Young Lovers will be sung in English with supertitles, and led by acclaimed director Chas Rader-Shieber and his artistic team (David Zinn, scenic design; Jacob A. Climer, costume design; Allen Hahn, lighting design), who have created a new production for the Curtis Opera Theatre under artistic director Mikael Eliasen.  Maestro George Manahan, who led the sold-out production of Antony and Cleopatra in 2010, returns to conduct the Curtis Symphony Orchestra.

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