Free opera event with Frederica von Stade

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A Taste of Opera: In conversation with Frederica von Stade
Tuesday, June 3, 2014 | 7 p.m.-8 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
Field Hall, Curtis Institute of Music (1726 Locust St., Philadelphia, PA 19103)

Before she commands the stage in the East Coast Premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon’s new opera A Coffin in Egypt (June 6-15 at the Perelman Theater), beloved mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade sits down with WHYY’s Willo Carey for a conversation about Ms. von Stade’s operatic legacy.

Frederica von Stade in A Coffin in Egypt

She’ll share career highlights, her commitment to new music, and the creation of A Coffin in Egypt’s Myrtle Bledsoe, a role which inspired her to come out of retirement and was written for her by composer Ricky Ian Gordon and librettist Leonard Foglia. The conversation will include video clips of some of her most famous roles, including Cinderella, Cherubino, and Hansel. Flicka, as she is affectionately known by friends and fans alike, will offer insight into the process of originating a complex character and the life of an internationally-cherished singer. Registration is required at operaphila.org. Seating is general admission, will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, and is not guaranteed. Limit four (4) tickets per order.

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Mike Berman