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Venue: Kimmel Center, Perelman Theater, Philadelphia

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AddressPhiladelphia
PA PA 19102
United States
Google maps39° 56' 48.174" N 75° 9' 56.948" W
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Albert Herring earns the crown at Curtis Opera Theatre

Ruby Dibble (Mrs Herring), Ethan Burck (Albert Herring) and Merissa Beddows (Lady Billows) © WMB Photo
Benjamin Britten's comic slice of country life proves an ideal choice for the conservatory setting.
****1
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Pianist Llŷr Williams offers lyrical and profound Beethoven

Llŷr Williams © Hannan Images
The Welsh pianist Llŷr Williams, in sync with an appreciative audience, offers Beethoven both lyrical and profound.
*****
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Louis Lortie saves the day in Philadelphia

Louis Lortie © Elias Photography
The French-Canadian pianist replaced an ailing Rudolf Buchbinder, kicking off the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society's first complete Beethoven piano sonata cycle.
*****
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Curtis Opera Theatre does Barbiere... and Rossini wins

Sage DeAgro-Ruopp (Rosina) and Charles Buttigieg (Fiagro) © Cory Weaver
In Barbiere, the humor is constantly in the music So this staging was best when the director didn't impose anything but followed and respected the text and especially the music.
***11
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Forsythe a truly overwhelming Semele at Festival O

Amanda Forsythe (Semele) and Alek Shrader (Jupiter) © Steven Pisano
James Darrah stages Handel's sensual oratorio for Festival O, a feast of wonderful singing. 
****1
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Curtis Opera Theatre offers overwhelming double bill of family tragedy

Riders to the Sea © William M Brown
The pairing of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Riders to the Sea with Rene Orth’sEmpty the House worked perfectly and did absolute justice to these two despair-filled operas.
*****
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Mozart's Don Giovanni overwhelmed by pianos

Ziyi Dai and Charles Buttigieg © Tobin Del Cuore
Curtis Institute singers and orchestra rescue Mozart's Don Giovanni from being overwhelmed by pianos.
**111
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Sky on Swings: a heart-wrenching world première at Opera Philadelphia

Marietta Simpson (Martha) and Frederica von Stade (Danny) © Steven Pisano
A remarkable opera about Alzheimer’s mesmerizes audience thanks to two extraordinary women “d’un certain age”.
****1
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