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The Curtis Opera Theatre Presents Sold-Out Run of Handel's "Rinaldo" April 25-28

(April 23, 2013) The religious struggles that motivated the medieval Crusades form the backdrop for a tale of abduction, magic, and mistaken identity in Rinaldo, presented by the Curtis Opera Theatre in four sold-out performances April 25 through 28 at the Prince Music Theater. Handel's endless musical invention unfolds in a stream of beautiful arias, as the heroic crusader Rinaldo prevails over Saracen intrigue and love emerges victorious. 
Fully staged with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, the coproduction with Portland Opera is sung in Italian with English supertitles. Chas Rader-Shieber directs and Andrea Marchiol conducts, with scenic and costume design by Jacob A. Climer and lighting design by Mike Inwood. 
The Curtis Opera Theatre season is sponsored by The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation.
Andrea Marchiol (conductor) has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe, Australia, and Asia. He has assisted music directors including Colin Davis, Daniel Harding, Heinz Holliger, and René Jacobs, among others; and collaborated with Concerto Vocale, Ensemble 415, Akademie für Alte Musik, Freiburger Barockorchester, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Staatskapelle Dresden, and the London Symphony Orchestra. In 2006 he debuted as a conductor in Monteverdi's Il Ritorno d'Ulisse at the Grand Theatre in Geneva. Since then he has led Handel's Ezio at Theater Bonn, La Calisto at the Musik Festwochen Innsbruck, Hasse's Piramo e Tisbe at the Potsdam Musikfestspiele, and a concert version of Vivaldi's Farnace at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées. He has led seminars on chamber music, harpsichord, and vocal music at the Festival d'arts Lyriques of Aix-en-Provence and the University of Tokyo, among other venues. Since 1997 he has been titular organist at the cathedral in Venzone, Italy.
Chas Rader-Shieber has staged over 25 operas for the Curtis Opera Theatre since 1991, most recently Mozart's The Magic Flute and Henze's Elegy for Young Lovers. Other recent work includes Lehár's Die lustige Witwe for Staatstheater Darmstadt, Handel's Tolomeo for the Glimmerglass Festival and Tamerlano for Washington National Opera and LA Opera, Die Entführung aus dem Serail for Lyric Opera of Chicago and San Francisco Opera, and Don Giovanni for Santa Fe Opera. Mr. Rader-Shieber's other credits include work for the opera companies of Houston, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Portland (Ore.), Minnesota, and Vancouver; the New York City Opera; and the Spoleto Festival, among others. Having made a specialty of 17th- and 18th-century operas, Mr. Rader-Shieber has directed Mozart's Idomeneo, La clemenza di Tito, Die Zauberflöte, Le nozze di Figaro, Il re pastore, and Così fan tutte; Handel's Giulio Cesare, Semele, Ariodante, Acis and Galatea, Imeneo, Alcina, Xerxes, Partenope, Rinaldo, Tolomeo, and Flavio; and works of Monteverdi, Cavalli, Purcell, Charpentier, and Gluck. Mr. Rader-Shieber joined the Curtis faculty in 2009.
The Curtis Opera Theatre, under the artistic direction of Mikael Eliasen, works with established professional directors and designers to create fresh interpretations of standard repertoire and contemporary works. All of Curtis's 25 voice and opera students are cast repeatedly each season, receiving a rare level of performance experience. As a result Curtis 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.
The Curtis Institute of Music educates and trains exceptionally gifted young musicians for careers as performing artists on the highest professional level. One of the world's leading conservatories, Curtis provides its 165 students with full-tuition scholarships and personalized attention from a celebrated faculty. The school's distinctive "learn by doing" approach has produced an impressive number of notable artists since its founding in 1924. Curtis alumni hold principal chairs in every major American orchestra, and each season they are featured as guest soloists with the world's leading orchestras, opera houses, and chamber music series.
Curtis's innovative programs encourage students to perform often and hone 21st-century musical skills, and the school's facilities offer superb spaces for music-making, as well as state-of-the-art technologies to enhance learning. Students perform internationally with Curtis On Tour in addition to more than 150 performances in and around Philadelphia each year. When they graduate, they become musical leaders, making a profound impact on music around the globe. 
Curtis Opera Theatre: Rinaldo by George Frideric Handel 
Coproduction with Portland Opera
Thursday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m.  *SOLD OUT*
Friday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m.  *SOLD OUT*
Saturday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m.  *SOLD OUT*
Sunday, April 28 at 2:30 p.m.  *SOLD OUT*
Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia
Andrea Marchiol, conductor
Chas Rader-Shieber, stage director
Jacob A. Climer, scenic and costume designer
Mike Inwood, lighting designer
The Curtis Opera Theatre season is sponsored by The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation.
Cast April 25 and 27 April 26 and 28
Argante  Jarrett Ott Jarrett Ott
Goffredo Spencer Lang Roy Hage
Almirena        Sarah Shafer Alize Rozsnyai
Rinaldo Nian Wang Jazimina MacNeil
Armida Rachel Sterrenberg   Rachel Sterrenberg
Eustazio Thomas Shivone Vartan Gabrielian
Mago Vartan Gabrielian Thomas Shivone
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