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Covington and Fein Lead Curtis Opera Theatre in Britten’s Roman Tragedy Nov 17-20

Curtis Opera Theatre presents four performances of The Rape of Lucretia at Philadelphia’s Prince Theater

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PHILADELPHIA—November 15, 2016—The Curtis Opera Theatre presents The Rape of Lucretia, Benjamin Britten’s evocative and daring chamber opera, November 17–20 in a fully-staged production at the Prince Theater.

Britten’s powerful tragedy follows the trials of a virtuous wife in ancient Rome as she encounters a brutal prince and a drunken wager. At their intersection, a marriage is defiled and a life destroyed while enigmatic observers relate and react to the wrenching events. The dark tale captures Lucretia’s agony in music of aching beauty, even as it raises unanswerable questions. 

Conducting fellow Conner Gray Covington leads members of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra and Jordan Fein returns to the Curtis Opera Theatre as stage director. Scenic design is provided by Amy Rubin with costume design by Ásta Bennie Hostetter and lighting design by Barbara Samuels. The two-act production will be sung in English with supertitles. 

Subscription tickets for the 2016–17 Curtis Opera Theatre season are available for $24 or $80 and are sold by the Curtis Patron Services Office at or (215) 893-7902. Single tickets are available for $10 or $35 through the Prince Theater Box Office at or (215) 422-4580.

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

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.


Curtis Opera Theatre: The Rape of Lucretia by Benjamin Britten

Thursday, November 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, November 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 20 at 2:30 p.m.

Prince Theater, 1412 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, Pa.

Conner Gray Covington, conductor
Jordan Fein, stage director
Amy Rubin, scenic designer
Ásta Bennie Hostetter, costume designer
Barbara Samuels, lighting designer

Fully staged production with members of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, sung in English with supertitles

Ticket information:

3-production subscription: $24, $80 sold by the Curtis Patron Services Office, or (215) 893-7902

Single tickets: $10, $35 sold by the Prince Theater Box Office, or (215) 422-4580


Cast (in singing order)          November 17 & 19            November 18 & 20

Male Chorus                              Evan Johnson                       Jamez McCorkle
Female Chorus                          Tiffany Townsend                  Heather Stebbins
Collatinus                                  Vartan Gabrielian                  Adam Kiss
Junius                                       Dennis Chmelensky              Patrick Wilhelm
Tarquinius                                 Dogukan Kuran                     Johnathan McCullough
Lucretia                                     Kendra Broom                      Siena Miller
Bianca                                       Anastasiia Sidorova              Sophia Fiuza Hunt
Lucia                                         Emily Pogorelc                      Ashley Marie Robillard
The Curtis Opera Theatre season is sponsored by the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation and the Wyncote Foundation.

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