Curtis Opera Theatre at the Perelman
in partnership with Opera Philadelphia and the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
In an unprecedented double bill, 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. In Menotti’s tragic drama The Medium, an inexplicable, perhaps truly supernatural event becomes the catalyst for a slide into paranoia and madness.
Don't miss the chance to experience these colliding worlds brought to life by the rising stars of the Curtis Opera Theatre. Carlos Ágreda conducts members of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra and Emma Griffin directs.
Listen here to learn more about the unique pairing of Mahagonny: Ein Songspiel and The Medium in a podcast interview with Mikael Eliasen and Emma Griffin.
Mahagonny/Medium Double Bill
Mahagonny: Ein Songspiel
Music by Kurt Weill
Libretto by Bertolt Brecht
Performed in German and English with English supertitles
Music and Libretto by Gian Carlo Menotti
Performed in English with English supertitles
Dates are May 2018.
|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 production is generously supported by Penelope and Thomas Watkins.
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
- Amy Rubin Scenic Design
- Ásta Bennie Hostetter Costume Design
- Oona Curley Lighting Design
- Marcus Shields Associate Stage Director