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Curtis Opera Theatre presents Mozart's 'Le nozze di Figaro' May 4, 7, and 8 at the Perelman Theater

The Amadeus Affair, a gala performance on May 6, honors the 30-year legacy of Mikael Eliasen, the artistic director of the Curtis Opera Theatre

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PHILADELPHIA, PA—April 25, 2016—The Curtis Opera Theatre presents Le nozze di Figaro, one of Mozart's greatest masterworks, on May 4, 7, and 8 in a fully staged production at the Perelman Theater.

Figaro and Susanna can't wait to marry—but the Count they serve has his own plans. Meanwhile the Countess schemes with her household staff to regain her husband's affections. There's a whole world of laughter, love, and light in Mozart's luminous tale of servants outwitting their masters. Karina Canellakis ('04), recent winner of the 2016 Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award, leads the Curtis Symphony Orchestra and Jordan Fein directs the fully staged production, sung in Italian with English supertitles.

Performances take place Wednesday, May 4 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, May 8 at 2:30 p.m. in the Perelman Theater at Philadelphia's Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Broad and Spruce Streets. Tickets, $10-75, are available from the Kimmel Center Box Office at (215) 893-1999 or

A special gala performance on Friday, May 6 will honor the 30-year legacy of Mikael Eliasen, the artistic director of the Curtis Opera Theatre and Hirsig Family Dean of Vocal Studies. The Amadeus Affair, co-chaired by Penelope and Tom Watkins, begins at 5 p.m. in the Commonwealth Plaza at the Kimmel Center. Cocktails and dinner kick off the festivities, then guests will enjoy a private performance of Mozart's masterpiece in the Perelman Theater. For ticket inquiries, visit or call (215) 717-3141. Proceeds from the Amadeus Affair will support Curtis's mission and programs.

The Curtis Opera Theatre season is sponsored by The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation.

Karina Canellakis is assistant conductor of the Dallas Symphony, where she conducts more than 30 concerts each season geared towards specific community audiences and has repeatedly earned acclaim for last minute step-ins at subscription concerts. She has appeared with the Colorado, Detroit, Houston, North Carolina, San Diego, and Toledo symphonies; the Orchestra of St. Luke's; the Grant Park Festival Orchestra; and the Cincinnati and Los Angeles chamber orchestras. She made her European conducting debut last June with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe at the Styriarte Festival in Austria, and will return to the festival in June to conduct Concentus Musicus Wien.

In the season ahead Ms. Canellakis debuts with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic; the Swedish Radio and Royal Scottish National orchestras; the City of Birmingham, Trondheim, Kristiansand, and Malmo symphony orchestras; and the Orchestre National de Lyon. Her North American debuts will include the Detroit, Toronto, Vancouver, Milwaukee, Florida, and Jacksonville symphony orchestras and the Louisiana Philharmonic. Her opera projects will include the world premiere of David Lang's The Loser at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Peter Maxwell Davies' new opera The Hogboon with the Luxembourg Philharmonic, and Verdi's Requiem at the Zurich Opera. 

Ms. Canellakis's previous honors include a 2015 Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award, a 2013 Taki Concordia Conducting Fellowship, and a conducting fellowship at the Tanglewood Music Center in 2014. She was encouraged to pursue conducting by Sir Simon Rattle while playing violin in the Berlin Philharmonic as a member of its Orchester-Akademie. She spent many summers at the Marlboro Music Festival, and her approach to conducting is firmly rooted in her experience as a chamber musician.

Ms. Canellakis holds a bachelor's degree in violin from the Curtis Institute of Music and a master's degree in orchestral conducting from the Juilliard School.

Jordan Fein is a Brooklyn-based opera and theatre director. His productions for Curtis Opera Theatre include The Rake's Progress, Dialogues of the Carmelites, L'elisir d'amore, and DIDO+. Other directing credits include A Ride on the Irish Cream (Abrons Arts Center/American Realness), War Lesbian (Haruna Lee Theatre Company/Dixon Place), The Dixon Family Album (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Rags Parkland (Ars Nova ANT Fest), and Edibles Inc. (Incubator Arts Project). He was associate director for Oklahoma! (Bard Summerscape) and The Elephant Man on Broadway and in the West End; and received the 2014 Boris Sagal Directing Fellowship at the Williamstown Theater Festival. Mr. Fein teaches at New York University.

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 on stage and through frequent collaborations with Opera Philadelphia, Curtis on Tour, and the Curtis Symphony Orchestra. 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.

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Curtis Opera Theatre: Le nozze di Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Wednesday, May 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, May 6 at 5 p.m. *Amadeus Affair — special event and private performance*
Saturday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 8 at 2:30 p.m.
Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia
Karina Canellakis, conductor ('04)
Jordan Fein, stage director
Laura Jellinek, scenic design
Tilly Grimes, costume design
Eric Southern, lighting design 
Lisa Keller, recitative harpsichord
Fully staged production with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, sung in Italian with English supertitles.
Single tickets: $10, $20, $50, $75; available from the Kimmel Center Box Office at (215) 893-1999 or
Cast (in order of performance) May 4 and 7
Figaro - Thomas Shivone
Susanna - Ashley Milanese
Bartolo - Vartan Gabrielian
Marcellina - Sophia Fiuza Hunt
Cherubino - Kendra Broom
Il Conte di Almaviva - Do?ukan Kuran
Basilio - Jamez McCorkle
La Contessa di Almaviva - Kirsten MacKinnon
Antonio - Kodi Meyer
Don Curzio - Jamez McCorkle
Barbarina - Ashley Robillard
Chorus - Dennis Chmelensky, Patrick Wilhelm

Cast (in order of performance) May 6 and 8
Figaro - Tyler Zimmerman
Susanna - Elena Perroni
Bartolo - Vartan Gabrielian
Marcellina - Sophia Fiuza Hunt
Cherubino - Anastasiia Sidorova
Il Conte di Almaviva - Jonathan McCullough
Basilio - Jamez McCorkle
La Contessa di Almaviva - Heather Stebbins
Antonio - Kodi Meyer
Don Curzio - Jamez McCorkle
Barbarina - Emily Pogorelc
Chorus - Dennis Chmelensky, Patrick Wilhelm
The Curtis Opera Theatre season is sponsored by The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation.

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