Curtis Opera Theatre Opens Season with Handel’s ‘L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato’

The 2023–24 season of the Curtis Opera Theatre kicks off on Nov. 10 and 12 with George Frideric Handel’s “L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato” at the Philadelphia Film Center. This piece was inspired by John Milton’s “Paradise Lost” and adapted by Charles Jennens. Chas Rader-Shieber directs, and Nicholas McGegan conducts. The opera comprises a cast of rising vocalists backed {…}

R. Strauss’ Musical Legacy Celebrated in Curtis Symphony Orchestra’s Season Opener

The Curtis Symphony Orchestra and members of the Curtis Opera Theatre will open the 2023–24 season on October 22 at 7 p.m. at Verizon Hall, Kimmel Cultural Campus, with a tribute to composer Richard Strauss entitled ‘Spectacular Strauss.’ Curtis’ young musicians will showcase their talent, led by conductors Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Micah Gleason. Nézet-Séguin holds the position of music director {…}

Curtis Opera Theatre Reimagines ‘La Clemenza di Tito’ in New Film ‘MERCY’

(Credit: Curtis Opera Theatre) On November 6, 2021, the Curtis Opera Theatre presented the premiere of “MERCY,” a filmed reimagining of Mozart’s “La Clemenza di Tito.” This new version, by co-writers and co-directors Chas Rader-Shieber and Alek Shrader, uses a re-orchestrated score and cinematography to create an innovative experience. Singers from the Curtis Opera Theatre were accompanied by a small {…}