Events


Enhance your experience of A Coffin in Egypt with the events below.

 
BETWEEN THE NOTES
May 28, 2014 | 12 p.m.-1:30 p.m
Merck Education Center, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (300 S. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19102)
 
Join us for a discussion on Ricky Ian Gordon, the renowned composer of A Coffin in Egypt, led by David A. Fox, theater critic and University of Pennsylvania Theater Arts lecturer and theater director.
 
A TASTE OF OPERA: A Coffin in Egypt
In conversation with Frederica von Stade

June 3, 2014 | 7 p.m.-8 p.m (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
Field Hall, Curtis Institute of Music (1726 Locust St., Philadelphia, PA 19103)
FREE but registration is required. SOLD OUT.
 
Before she commands the stage in the East Coast Premiere of A Coffin in Egypt, beloved mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade sits down with WHYY’s Willo Carey for a conversation about von Stade’s operatic legacy. She’ll share career highlights, her commitment to new music, and the creation of A Coffin in Egypt’s Myrtle Bledsoe, a role which inspired her to come out of retirement and was written for her by composer Ricky Ian Gordon and librettist Leonard Foglia. The conversation will include a video excerpt from her performance in A Coffin in Egypt. Flicka, as she is affectionately known by friends and fans alike, will offer insight into the process of originating a complex character and the life of an internationally-cherished singer.
 
Seating is general admission, will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, and is not guaranteed. Limit four (4) tickets per order.
 
OPERA OVERTURES
June 6, 8, 11, 13, 15, 2014 | Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts - Rendell Room
FREE for A Coffin in Egypt ticketholders for the day listed on your ticket
 
Opera ticketholders can warm up for A Coffin in Egypt with a pre-curtain lecture in the Kimmel Center's Rendell Room one hour before each performance. These free, informal talks will enhance your appreciation of all the operas you see this season. Led by Michael Bolton, Opera Philadelphia’s Vice President of Community Programs.

The Aurora Series is underwritten by the Wyncote Foundation.
Production underwritten in part by the Aaron Copland Fund for Music.

A Coffin in Egypt
A Chamber Opera in One Act
Based on A Coffin in Egypt, a play by Horton Foote
Commissioned by Houston Grand Opera, Opera Philadelphia, and the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
Premiered by the Houston Grand Opera in March, 2014
Co-production with Houston Grand Opera and the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
Horton Foote's dramatic stage play A Coffin in Egypt, upon which the opera is based, is owned by Sunday Rock Corporation
Audio excerpts courtesy of Houston Grand Opera