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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


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

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

MapPerelman Theater

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

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)
  • Amy Rubin Scenic Design
  • Ásta Bennie Hostetter Costume Design
  • Oona Curley Lighting Design
  • Marcus Shields Associate Stage Director

Listen: A podcast about Mahagonny/Medium

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