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Curtis Opera Theatre Presents a Double-Bill of Rossini's "Il Signor Bruschino" and Poulenc's "Les Mamelles de Tirésias"

November 18 through 21 at the Prince Music Theater

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(November 8, 2010) The Curtis Opera Theatre presents a boisterous double-bill of mistaken identities and marriages turned upside-down November 18 through 21 at the Prince Music Theater.

In Rossini's farce Il Signor Bruschino, true love challenges an arranged match with schemes, disguises, and comic confusion. In Poulenc's topsy-turvy fantasy Les Mamelles de Tirésias, a bored housewife and her husband reverse roles to absurd effect.

Ned Canty directs the fully staged production, sung in Italian and French with English supertitles. David Hayes ('89) conducts the Curtis Symphony Orchestra. Performances take place at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 18 through Saturday, November 20, and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 21 at the Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia. Tickets are $35 and are available from the Curtis Ticket Office at (215) 893-7902 or

David Hayes is a conductor with an unusually broad range of repertory, spanning the symphonic, choral, and operatic genres. He serves on the conducting staff of the Philadelphia Orchestra (his 1993 debut was at the request of Wolfgang Sawallisch), is director of orchestral and conducting studies for the Mannes College of Music in New York City, is staff conductor of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, and is music director of the Philadelphia Singers. Mr. Hayes has served as cover conductor for the New York Philharmonic and recently led the East Coast premiere performances of Tan Dun's Tea: A Mirror of Soul for the Opera Company of Philadelphia. He has collaborated with some of the world's finest soloists, including Roberto Díaz, Vladimir Feltsman, Haijing Fu, Evelyn Glennie, Gary Graffman, Hilary Hahn, Jennifer Koh, Meng-Chieh Liu, Alan Morrison, and Rinat Shaham. Mr. Hayes has a strong commitment to nourishing contemporary music and frequently collaborates with notable composers such as Tan Dun, Jennifer Higdon, Ezra Laderman, James MacMillan, Paul Moravec, Bright Sheng, Christopher Theofanidis, and Chen Yi.

Ned Canty most recently directed Tosca at Glimmerglass Opera, a production the New York Times praised for its "intelligent direction" and called "lean yet imaginative." Other recent productions include La Calisto for Portland Opera's Studio program; the world premiere of Lee Hoiby's This is the Rill Speaking at Symphony Space in New York, which Opera News called "one of the highlights of the New York opera season"; a new production of The Mikado for Opera Theatre of St. Louis; and the world premiere, in Tel Aviv, Israel, of Lost Childhood, a new opera based on the holocaust memoir of Yehuda Nir. In 2004 he directed the critically acclaimed revival of Lee Hoiby's Month in the Country, available on Albany Records. Future projects include Menotti's Last Savage at Santa Fe Opera. He especially enjoys working with young singers and has directed multiple operas at the Curtis Institute, Manhattan School of Music, Juilliard, Israeli Vocal Arts Institute, Yale University, Academy of Vocal Arts, Boston University, University of Michigan, and Louisiana State University as well as with the Young American Artist Program at Glimmerglass Opera. For more on his work, visit his website at or follow him on Twitter at @poilaparola.

The Curtis Opera Theatre, under the artistic direction of Mikael Eliasen, is the performing entity of the Curtis Vocal Studies Department. Each season the Curtis Opera Theatre works with established professional directors and designers who create fresh interpretations of standard repertoire and contemporary works. All of the department's twenty-five voice and opera students are cast repeatedly each season, providing students a rare level of performance experience. As a result Curtis vocal studies graduates have sung with opera companies all over the world, including La Scala, Covent Garden, the Vienna Staatsoper, Houston Grand Opera, the San Francisco Opera, and the Metropolitan Opera.

Curtis Opera Theatre Double-Bill
ROSSINI Il Signor Bruschino / POULENC Les Mamelles de Tirésias
Thursday, November 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, November 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 21 at 2:30 p.m.
Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia

David Hayes, conductor
Ned Canty, stage director
Andrew Boyce, scenic director
Rosemarie McKelvey, costume designer
Thom Weaver, lighting designer
Tiziana Vieira, harpsichord, Il Signor Bruschino

Fully staged production with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, sung in Italian and French with English supertitles.

Tickets: $35; available from the Curtis Ticket Office at (215) 893-7902 or

CAST - Il Signor Bruschino

Nov. 18 and 20
Florville - Diego Silva
Gaudenzio - Brandon Cedel
Sofia - Sarah Shafer
Bruschino senior - Thomas Shivone
Filiberto - Jarrett Ott
Marianna - Shir Rozzen
Bruschino junior - Christopher Tiesi
Commisario - Sean Michael Plumb

Nov. 19 and 21
Florville - Christopher Tiesi
Gaudenzio - Joseph Barron
Sofia - Anna Davidson
Bruschino senior - Allen Boxer
Filiberto - Julian Arsenault
Marianna - Meredith LaBouff
Bruschino junior - Diego Silva
Commisario - Sean Michael Plumb

Shoppers and Clerks (all performances) J'nai Bridges, Kirsten MacKinnon, Jazimina MacNeil, Johnathan Ryan McCullough, Joshua Stewart, Ashley Thouret

CAST - Les Mamelles de Tirésias

Nov. 18 and 20
Director - Julian Arsenault
Thérèse - Alize Rozsnyai
Husband - Joshua Stewart
Presto - Thomas Shivone
Lacouf - Diego Silva
Gendarme - Johnathan Ryan McCullough
Newspaperwoman - Jazimina MacNeil
Journalist - Christopher Tiesi
Son - Anna Davidson
Bearded man - Allen Boxer
Woman - Meredith LaBouff

Nov. 19 and 21
Director - Julian Arsenault
Thérèse - Anna Davidson
Husband - Jarrett Ott
Presto - Allen Boxer
Lacouf - Christopher Tiesi
Gendarme - Johnathan Ryan McCullough
Newspaperwoman - J'nai Bridges
Journalist - Diego Silva
Son - Alize Rozsnyai
Bearded man - Thomas Shivone
Woman - Meredith LaBouff

Chorus (all performances) Joseph Barron, Brandon Cedel, Adam Frandsen, Kirsten MacKinnon, Sean Michael Plumb, Shir Rozzen, Allison Sanders, Ashley Thouret


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