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The Curtis Institute of Music

Mahagonny: Ein Songspiel & The Medium

May 03, 2018
May 06, 2018




Mahagonny: Ein Songspiel
Music by Kurt Weill
Libretto by Bertolt Brecht
Performed in German with English supertitles

The Medium
Music and Libretto by Gian Carlo Menotti
Performed in English with English supertitles

Curtis Opera Theatre at the Perelman

In an unprecedented double bill, Kurt Weill’s cynical take on utopia is paired with Gian Carlo Menotti’s deceitful medium, highlighting the ways deception can lead to destruction and grief.

The escape to a fascinating city of pleasure leads to disillusionment in Mahagonny: Ein Songspiel, which launched Weill’s rich collaboration with Bertolt Brecht; this “scenic cantata” is a precursor to The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny.

In Menotti’s tragic drama The Medium, an imagined dialogue with the departed provides temporary comfort for the bereaved at a séance—before an inexplicable, perhaps truly supernatural event becomes the catalyst for a slide into paranoia and madness. Carlos Ágreda conducts members of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra and Emma Griffin directs.

Performance Schedule
Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

Curtis Opera Theatre at the Perelman
in partnership with Opera Philadelphia and the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts


Also in the series: A Quiet Place (March 2018)

Perelman Theater

Inside the Kimmel Center

300 S Broad St

Philadelphia, PA 19102

Run Time: Approximately 90 minutes
Intermissions: No Intermission