Concert Operetta Theater's 16th Season!

October 7, 2017

Common Threads
The Music of Rodgers & Hammerstein

Originally performed as a live donor concert for WHYY TV in 2012. Selections from Oklahoma, Carousel, South Pacific, The King & I, Flower Drum Song, State Fair and The Sound of Music with original narration by Daniel Pantano.

Starring Jessica Lennick, Remy Martin and Aaron Jacob Keeney
with Luke Housner, piano

November 18 and 19, 2017

Musical selections from
A Trip to Africa ( Die Afrikareise, 1883)
by Franz von Suppé
Original lyrics by Moritz West and Richard Genee
New English version by Dario Salvi and Hannah Salvi
Last heard in Philadelphia in 1884
Synopsis of Operetta

The Sea Cadet or The Royal Middy
(Der Seekadett, 1876)
Music by Richard Genée, Original lyrics by F. Zell
Researched by Dario Salvi

Conducted by Maestro Dario Salvi (US debut)
Imperial Vienna Orchestra of Norwick, England

This concert is made possible by a gift from the Dietrich W. Botstiber Foundation

May 19 & 20, 2018
The Czarevitch (1927)

An Operetta in three acts by Franz Lehár
Original Book and Lyrics by Bela Jenbach and Heinz Reichert 
Original English book by Adam Carstairs  Adapted by Daniel Pantano
Originally performed by COT in 2006

Loosely based on a true story of the self-imposed exile of the son of Peter the Great.  

Aljoscha (the Czarevutch) meets the young girl, Sonja, who is presented to him as
a male Circassian dancer, and eventually discovered that she is in fact a girl..
The two fall in love and escape to Naples for freedom from the crown, and to begin
their love affair.

Eventually Aljoscha learns that his father has died and must return to Russian to
lead his country. He knows he bring Sonia with him, or continue his relationship
with Sonja. She knows that she must gives him up for the future of Russia.

This operetta was written during the composer’s mid-period (1925-1934)
along with Paganini, Friederike and The Land of Smiles, which all end
in unhappy relationships.

The Czarevitch (Aljoscha) – Andrew McGowan (debut), tenor
Sonja, a young dancer – Katie Erikson, soprano
Ivan, a valet – Andrew Shaw, baritone
Mascha, his wife – Christina Chenes, soprano
The Grand Duke - James Longacre
The Duchess - Anne Hagen

José Meléndez
, music director and piano

Late Summer of 2018
Tales of Offenbach…

Everyone knows of the Tales of Hoffman, but so much
more has been written by Jacques Offenbach (1819 – 1888),
who is considered one of the founders of classic operetta

His works are big and funny, even in contemporary times. Come hear some of his best solos and ensembles, sung in both French and English. Including works from Orpheus in the Underworld, La belle Hélèn,
La vie Parisienne, La Grand-Duchess
, La Perichole, and some surprises for you!

José Meléndez , music director and piano

(*Singers, Dates and Productions are subject to change)

The Helen Corning Warden Theater at the
Academy of Vocal Arts 1920 Spruce Street Philadlephia

$30 General admission / $20 Seniors / $10 Students
Under 16 years old are free
Reservations can be made by calling 215-389-0648
Walk-ups are always welcomed

All tickets will be paid for at the door
Cash and Personal checks only

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