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Curtis Opera Theatre

From the Metropolitan Opera to La Scala, Covent Garden to the Vienna Staatsoper, Curtis alumni appear around the world. Hear the future stars of opera here first, in a season that combines well loved repertoire with cutting-edge works in intimate venues. Artistic Director Mikael Eliasen attracts award-winning professional directors and designers to create polished, visually stunning Curtis Opera Theatre productions that showcase today’s finest young voices.

The Curtis Opera Theatre season is sponsored by the Wyncote Foundation.

Subscriptions are available now.


Single tickets to select productions are available now. 

DEBUSSY, Impressions of Pelléas

October 5, 6, 7 at 7:30 p.m.; October 8 at 2:30 p.m.  
Curtis Opera Studio (Limited elevator access; requires the usage of stairs)
1726 Locust Street 

Debussy’s music weaves a tragic fairy tale, intimately retold by Peter Brook and Marius Constant. Mistrust and guilt mingle with romantic attraction as Prince Golaud struggles with the growing affection between Mélisande, his mysterious wife, and his brother Pelléas. 


TCHAIKOVSKY, Eugene Onegin 

November 16, 17, 18 at 7:30 p.m.; November 19 at 2:30 p.m.
Prince Theater
1412 Chestnut Street 

A sentimental ingénue confesses her love for a selfish aristocrat, and meets a crushing rejection. Years pass, the tables are turned, and both come away heartbroken. Tchaikovsky’s masterful drama is marked by poignant exchanges, soaring emotions, and impassioned, continuous melody. 

BERNSTEIN, A Quiet Place

March 7, 9 at 7:30 p.m.; March 11 at 2:30 p.m.
Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center
300 South Broad Street
March 13 at 8 p.m.
Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College
A family reels in the wake of tragedy, stirring unhappy memories and long-buried resentments. Seen in flashback, a midcentury American dream of suburban utopia shreds, leaving today’s survivors to hurt one another again—or to heal. Bernstein traverses styles and genres in a bittersweet ode to forgiveness.
A Quiet Place is supported in part by the Allen R. and Judy Brick Freedman Venture Fund for Opera. 

WEILL, Mahagonny: Ein Songspiel and MENOTTI, The Medium 

May 3 at 7:30 p.m.; May 5 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; May 6 at 7:30 p.m.

Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center
300 South Broad Street

Escaping to a fascinating city of pleasure leads to disillusionment for the citizens of Mahagonny. Escaping to imagined dialogue with the departed holds an illusory attraction for those who attend a séance. Kurt Weill’s cynical song cycle is paired with Menotti’s tragic opera in a study of empty promises. 




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