Opera Philadelphia

Mahagonny: Ein Songspiel & The Medium

Mahagonny: Ein Songspiel
Music by Kurt Weill
Libretto by Bertolt Brecht
Performed in German with English supertitles

The Medium
Music and Libretto by Gian Carlo Menotti
Performed in English with English supertitles

Curtis Opera Theatre at the Perelman

In a study of empty promises, Kurt Weill’s cynical take on utopia is paired with Gian Carlo Menotti’s deceitful medium, highlighting the ways deception can lead to destruction and grief. The escape to a fascinating city of pleasure leads to disillusionment in Mahagonny: Ein Songspiel, which launched Weill’s rich collaboration with Bertolt Brecht; this “scenic cantata” is a precursor to The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny. In Menotti’s tragic drama The Medium, an imagined dialogue with the departed provides temporary comfort for the bereaved at a séance—before an inexplicable, perhaps truly supernatural event becomes the catalyst for a slide into paranoia and madness. Carlos Ágreda conducts members of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra and Emma Griffin directs.

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Curtis Opera Theatre at the Perelman
in partnership with Opera Philadelphia and the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Curtis Institute of Music  Opera Philadelphia   Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Earlier in the series: A Quiet Place (March 2018)

MapPerelman Theater

Thu, May 3 7:30 p.m.
Sat, May 5 2:30 p.m.
Sat, May 5 7:30 p.m.
Sun, May 6 7:30 p.m.

Approximately 90 minutes with no intermission

This performance is funded in part by the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music, Inc., New York, NY.

The Curtis Opera Theatre season is sponsored by the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation and the Wyncote Foundation.

Cast & Creative Team

Carlos Ágreda
Carlos ÁgredaConductor
Emma Griffin
Emma GriffinDirector
Seongwo Woo
Seongwo WooCharlie (all dates)/Toby (5/3 & 5/5)
Aaron Crouch
Aaron Crouchas Billie
Adam Kiss
Adam Kissas Jimmy
Tyler Zimmerman
Tyler Zimmermanas Bobby
Ashley Robillard
Ashley Robillardas Jessie
Sage DeAgro-Ruopp
Sage DeAgro-Ruoppas Bessie (all dates)/Monica (5/5m & 5/6)
Lindsey Reynolds
Lindsey Reynoldsas Monica (5/3 & 5/5)
Amanda Bottoms
Amanda Bottomsas Flora (5/3 & 5/5)
Siena Licht Miller
Siena Licht Milleras Flora (5/5m & 5/6)
Olivia Smith
Olivia Smithas Mrs. Gobineau (5/3 & 5/5)
Tiffany Townsend
Tiffany Townsendas Mrs. Gobineau (5/5m & 5/6)
Patrick Wilhelm
Patrick Wilhelmas Mr. Gobineau (5/3 & 5/5)
Dennis Chmelensky
Dennis Chmelenskyas Mr. Gobineau (5/5m & 5/6)
Hannah Klein
Hannah Kleinas Mrs. Nolan (5/3 & 5/5)
Sophia Maekawa
Sophia Maekawaas Mrs. Nolan (5/5m & 5/6)
Kendra Broom
Kendra Broomas Toby (5/5m & 5/6)
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