Christmas Star Events Proven and Explained by Researcher Using Nasa Astronomy Computer Programs

Zanesville, OH (PRWEB) December 10, 2011

Irene Worthington Baron used over sixty NASA astronomy computer programs to search skies of 2,000-years ago for evidence and proof of the Christmas star. The author reports confirming each discovered birth announcement of Jesus Christ by using multiple astronomy computer programs.

The titles of the NASA computer programs used by the author are listed in the illustrated book, Unraveling the Christmas Star Mystery, at the URL:, and at the end of this press release.

Ms. Baron stated, ?Just because a spectacular celestial event occurred in the dawn sky of 2,000- years ago did not mean it was part of Jesus Christ?s birth announcement. The event had to have the correct associated symbolism that was used by ancient priests, astronomers, astrologers, and cosmologists referring to the birth of the new and most powerful God to be born in the universe.?

The author correlated interpretations of celestial symbols and symbolic events used by the star watchers of Christ?s time with the actual events as they occurred in the dawn sky. The difficulties she encountered during the research are included in the book.

Readers will find text references of the ancient symbolism in the book correlated with endnotes that are listed by chapter. References are listed in the newly published digital book, Unraveling the Christmas Star Mystery, at the URL:, and at the end of this press release.

According to Ms. Baron, there were ten major, celestial events announcing the birth of Jesus Christ, the last being the position marker over Bethlehem. The events created what she considers to be the greatest birth announcement in the history of mankind.

Individuals using astronomy computer programs are invited by the author to verify the celestial events she discovered. In her book she identifies each event by day, hour, month, and year.

It has become common knowledge that the star watchers of 2000-years ago studied the sky at dawn. Participating individuals must therefore set the time of their searches to dawn in the time zone of Bethlehem.

It is common knowledge to current astronomers that ancient astronomers, astrologers, priests and cosmologists used symbols and symbolism to interpret star movements prior to the Babylonians of 4,000-years ago.

The movements of the stars and planets in the heavens are precise and mathematical. The author therefore concluded that the ancient star watchers, well versed in mathematics and astronomy, were able to make predictions of star movements years in advance. Ms. Baron stated it is logical to conclude that having advance knowledge is what enabled the entourages of wisemen/magi/astronomers/priests, and their support personnel, ample time to travel from their homelands to Bethlehem in Judea to pay homage to the new God and become, perhaps, the first gentiles to worship Him.

Ms. Baron learned the details concerning the ancient interpretations of symbols and star movements by using abstracts, books, papers, and periodicals concerning ancient history and archeology including studies of ancient writings, wall carvings, art, astronomy, and historical artifacts. As stated earlier, these references are included at the end of this press release. A few examples of the resources identifying the symbols and symbolism of the ancient astronomers, astrologers, and cosmologists and their interpretations include:

Archaeoastronomy and the Roots of Science by E. Krupp, AAAS Selected Symposium 71. Westview Press.

The Norton History of Astronomy & Cosmology by J. North, published by the W.W. Norton & Company.

Echoes of the Ancient Skies: The Astronomy of Lost Civilizations by E.C. Krupp, published by Harper & Row Publishers.

The Reports of The Magicians and Astrologers of Nineveh and Babylon with editor R.C. Thompson, published by Luzac & Company.

The author reports from her research that the spectacular birth announcement events began in July of that eventful year when the ancient ?wandering star? gods Venus, Mars, and Jupiter were closely lined up in the dawn sky. At opposition, they had their full faces brilliantly illuminated like neon signs. Symbolically, astronomers were being asked to pay attention for what was to come. From that point on, significant and spectacular symbolic events happened rapidly.

The author found the ancient dawn sky gods moved in unique ways to help create the impressive Christmas star events. According to her research, each celestial event provided further symbolic evidence that the new God being born on Earth was destined to become the most powerful God of the Universe.

Ms. Baron stated, ?The ancient star watchers were probably shaking in the sandals when they interpreted the phenomenal and spectacular events. The predicted birth of the greatest God in the universe was probably, to them, the biggest event to ever happen on Earth.?

According to her references, the ancient priests and astronomers assigned different attributes to each of the ?wandering stars,? including Saturn. Their various symbolic beliefs concerning the Moon god of knowledge and their all powerful Sun god of creation are also discussed and referenced in the book.

Using references to verify her findings, Ms. Baron explains the specific celestial symbolic interpretations of ancient civilizations including the Akkadians, Asians, Assyrians, Babylonians, Chinese, Egyptians, Mespotamians, Persians, and Sumerians.

The digital book was written and illustrated by the author to enable persons ages twelve and older to understand the information presented. Astronomy knowledge needed to understand the birth announcement events is explained in an easy to comprehend format.

The digital book, Unraveling the Christmas Star Mystery, is available from major electronic book sellers such as the Amazon Kindle Store, Barnes & Noble eBooks, and the Sony Reader Store.

One reviewer reports:

Unraveling the Christmas Star Mystery is a thorough, accurate and spellbinding account of the Christmas star phenomenon based on numerous NASA computer programs, Biblical passages, historical records, illustrations on ancient monuments, coins, and legal seals dating back three thousand or more years. The scientific data with ancient observations and beliefs form a precise explanation of the birth of Jesus and the associated phenomenon of the Christmas star. This text is a good source of information for the scholar, teacher, and population in general. Recommended highly for Biblical Scholars.

H. Lewis, M.D.

Ms. Baron currently resides in Ohio.

Additional information may be found on her Web site:

She will be glad to answer astronomy questions related to her research. She may be contacted through the email address: irenebaron(at)irenebaron(dot)com.

The public domain, astronomy computer programs were sent to the author by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration education library. She used their computer programs to discover, verify, and report the astronomy events listed in the digital book: Unraveling the Christmas Star Mystery. The computer program titles include:

????Adjust Right Ascension & Declination for Precession

????Altitude Azimuth

????Altazimuth Calculator ? Interpolator

????Angular separation ? Two Stars



????Close Encounters


????Coordinates: Moon & Planets ? Any Date


????Dynamic Planet Orbit Plotter for different Solar Masses

????Elongations & Transits of Polaris



????Ephemeris computer

????Equinoxes & Solstices

????Galilean Satellite Positions

????????????????Great Circle Distance

????Julian Day & Calendar Interchange

????Lunar Eclipse/Umbra

????Lunar & Solar Eclipse Calculations

????Mars: Next Opposition & Data

????Messier and NGC Catalogs

????Moon: Eclipses for Any Year

????Moon Finder

????Moon: Phases for Any Date

????Moon Phase Program

????????????????Moon Phases

????Moon Plotter for Phases/Locations

????????????????North Sky: A Computerized Star Chart

????Northern Star field


????Planet Coordinates

????Planet Data

????Planet Finder

????Planet Grand Tour

????Planet Locator and Solar System Simulator

????Planet Orbits

????Planet views


????RA & DEC ;Moon & Planets ? Any Date

????Retrograde Motion of Mars

????Rise/Set/Transit & Star Time

????Satellite Passage

????Solar Eclipse #1

????Solar Eclipse #2

????Solar System Orrery

????Solar system: Rise Transit Set

????Spirografix ? True Path Plotter

????Star & Nebula Locator

????Summing Stellar Magnitudes

????Sun Azimuth & Maximum Altitude


????Sunrise/Set Version #2

????Sunrise Sunset, Dawn & Dusk

????Sunrise/Sunset/Sun locations


????Time Dilation

????Time: Local Mean == Sidereal

????Times of rising and Setting of Mercury and Venus For Any Date

????Twilight times: any Location

????Ursa Star Time

????Year Sunrise/Set & Twilight Calculator

????Zodiac Sunsigns

She also used the purchased computer program TellStar ? Your Computer Graphics Window to the Universe distributed by Spectrum HoloByte.

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Ms. Baron attributes her success to numerous pastors who permitted access to their personal books and church libraries. She highly appreciates the helpful reference librarians at John McIntire Public Library in Zanesville, OH who obtained numerous books from other libraries at her request. The extensive library of the Zanesville Art Center was also utilized as was the Internet.


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(PRWEB) March 05, 2012

In her new book ?No Longer a Bastard? (published by CrossBooks), Minister A. Mason Rogers offers a faith-based argument for removing the negative power of the word “bastard.?

?No Longer A Bastard? was written to dispel the myth about the word bastard and the stigma that is placed on individuals because of single parenthood. ?The word bastard has been used to be offensive, to degrade, injure and has been insulting to many people due to the nature in which it was used,? Rogers writes. ?We don?t get to choose our biological parents, but we get to choose a loving father who loves us unconditionally because we allow him to chastise us concerning the errors that we make in this life therefore restoring us to right fellowship and relationship.?

?No Longer a Bastard? offers this dedication to readers:

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Much of the inspiration for ?No Longer a Bastard? can be given to Rogers?s own childhood. ?I was born to a single parent,? she offers. ?My father died when I was 10 years old. I never really knew him, and I would have loved to have had a father-daughter relationship. It would have filled so many areas in my life that were empty.?

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Opera Company of Philadelphia 2012-2013 Season Features Five New Productions

Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) March 01, 2012

Season Highlights:

Corrado Rovaris, OCP’s Jack Mulroney Music Director, renews contract through 2016.

Opera at The Academy Series:

New, art-inspired La Boheme opens the season featuring the returns of Norah Amsellem, Leah Partridge, and Troy Cook, with Bryan Hymel in his OCP debut.

OCP American Repertoire Program features East Coast Premiere of Silent Night by Kevin Puts and Mark Campbell in a new co-production with the Minnesota Opera starring William Burden, Kelly Kaduce, Troy Cook, Liam Bonner, and Craig Irvin.

A New Production of The Magic Flute from Director Robert B. Driver starring Antonio Lozano, Elizabeth Zharoff, Mark Stone, and the OCP debut of Rachele Gilmore.

Aurora Series for Chamber OPERA AT THE PERELMAN SERIES:

Curtis Opera Theatre?s new production of OWEN WINGRAVE in association with OCP and Kimmel Center Presents

The OCP Premiere of POWDER HER FACE by Thomas Ad?s in a new production starring Nancy Gustafson as Margaret, Duchess of Argyll

Philadelphia, PA: General Director David B. Devan is pleased to announce the Opera Company?s 38th Season, featuring five new productions at the Academy of Music and the Perelman Theater and a cast of much-anticipated debuts and returning star voices.

?The 2012-2013 Season features a carefully-planned blend of classics along with important works that will be new to many of our audiences,? Devan shared. ?We are especially thrilled to be able to realize five new productions in the upcoming season, allowing us to produce masterpieces like La boh?me and The Magic Flute in imaginative and beautiful settings that honor the opera while providing a fresh and innovative look at them.?

The Opera at the Academy season opens with director Davide Livermore?s romantic La boh?me, inspired by the impressionist art at the turn of the 20th Century, and in spring 2013, director Robert B. Driver directs The Magic Flute in a lush and contemporary rainforest setting.

Devan is also moving forward with recently announced artistic initiatives aimed at broadening the scope of new and rarely-performed works in Philadelphia. ?In 2011, we launched the American Repertoire Program, our commitment to produce an American opera in each of the next 10 seasons starting with this June?s Dark Sisters. Next season, we are proud to be producing the East Coast Premiere of Silent Night, an exciting new American work by composer Kevin Puts and librettist Mark Campbell, in a magnificent co-production with the Minnesota Opera. It?s a moving story, and really offers the finest in opera and theater for today?s audiences.?

Other works already announced as part of the American Repertoire Program include Theodore Morrison?s Oscar, planned for 2015, and Cold Mountain by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon in 2016, both co-commissioned and co-produced with The Santa Fe Opera.

Further supporting its commitment to new works, the Opera Company?s Composer In Residence Program, in collaboration with New York?s Gotham Chamber Opera and Music-Theatre Group, will move into its next phase with the selection of a second composer in summer 2012. Current Composer In Residence Lembit Beecher is in his first year of the three-year residency, and produced a concert of his works in New York during January 2012.

The popular Aurora Series for Chamber Opera at the Perelman Theater returns with two contemporary British works ? Benjamin Britten?s Owen Wingrave produced by the Curtis Opera Theatre in association with OCP and Kimmel Center Presents, and the Opera Company of Philadelphia premiere of Powder Her Face by Thomas Ad?s.

Devan also shared the renewal of Maestro Corrado Rovaris?s contract as music director. Rovaris, who was appointed as the company?s Jack Mulroney Music Director in 2004, has extended his commitment through the 2015-2016 Season. ?Corrado has been pivotal to the success that the Opera Company of Philadelphia is experiencing. He embraces cutting-edge repertoire selections, and his international career allows him to identify artists and collaborators for us to engage here in Philadelphia. We are thrilled that our very talented orchestra and chorus will continue to develop under his leadership through 2016.?



by Giacomo Puccini


September 28, 30m, October 3, 5 & 7m, 2012

Sung in Italian with English translations

What better way to open the season than with an inspired new production of Puccini’s ultra-romantic blockbuster, La boh?me? The timeless story of a shy” rel=””>stress and a passionate poet who chance upon each other on a snowy Parisian evening, La boh?me is known for its poignant melodies and characters that touch the very heart of our humanity. With sweeping orchestral and choral music, this original production from Italian director Davide Livermore (Cinderella, ?06) shines a spotlight on the true bohemian influences at the turn of the 20th century by showcasing the intensely moving impressionist art created at that time.

Soprano Norah Amsellem, who received audience and critical acclaim as Desdemona in Otello in 2010 and who frequently performs in Paris, London, and Vienna, returns to sing the role of Mim?. Academy of Vocal Arts alumnus-turned-international tenor Bryan Hymel makes his company debut as Rodolfo, following a season where he made his debut as Don Jos? in Carmen at La Scala and sang the title role in Faust with The Santa Fe Opera. Returning to the OCP stage as the tumultuous couple, Marcello and Musetta, are two Philadelphia favorites, baritone Troy Cook and soprano Leah Partridge. Cook, who returns to OCP in April as Lescaut in Manon Lescaut, recently sang the role of Guglielmo in Cos? fan tutte with Royal Opera, and created the role of Father Palmer in the World Premiere of Silent Night at the Minnesota Opera. Partridge?s recent performances include Violetta in La traviata with OCP and in Dresden, Germany. This season, she adds Le?la in The Pearl Fishers to her leading roles with Pittsburgh Opera and Michigan Opera Theatre. Music Director Corrado Rovaris conducts Puccini?s captivating score.


American Repertoire Program

A NEW CO-PRODUCTION with the Minnesota Opera

February 8, 10m, 13, 15 & 17m, 2013

Music by Kevin Puts???? Libretto by Mark Campbell

Sung in English, German, French, Italian, and Latin with English translations

The critically-acclaimed new opera Silent Night recounts a miraculous moment of peace during one of the bloodiest wars in human history. On World War I?s Western Front, weapons are laid down when Scottish, French and German officers defy their superiors and negotiate a Christmas Eve truce. Enemies become brothers as they come together to share Christmas and bury their dead in a moving dramatic work that features soaring, lyrical melodies and a stellar cast of stars.

Composer Kevin Puts, known for his orchestral repertoire, makes his operatic debut with this piece. Opera News said of the Minnesota Opera World Premiere, ?The opening night ovation for Silent Night was long and clamorous, the loudest acclaim fittingly reserved for composer Kevin Puts ?With this remarkable debut, Puts assumes a central place in the American opera firmament. Much will be expected from him.”

Several Opera Company of Philadelphia favorites return as part of the original cast for this new work, with acclaimed tenor William Burden starring as the drafted opera singer whose voice inspires peace among adversaries, and soprano Kelly Kaduce as his love interest, Anna S?renson. Burden has performed an array of new and rarely performed works in recent seasons, including the role of Daniel Hill in San Francisco Opera?s Heart of a Soldier and Hippolyt in OCP?s Phaedra, and he sings the role of Peter in San Francisco?s The Gospel of Mary Magdalene in 2013. Kaduce, who was last seen in Philadelphia as Princess Lan in Tan Dun?s Tea: A Mirror of Soul in 2010, has current performance credits in the title role of Madama Butterfly with The Santa Fe Opera, Portland, and the Minnesota Opera, and sang the title role in Rusalka in Montreal last fall. Also returning in his second production of the season is baritone Troy Cook, as Father Palmer, the Scottish priest who provides spiritual guidance.

A host of important OCP debuts are in store, including baritone Liam Bonner as Lieutenant Audebert, the conflicted French commander. Bonner?s performance credits include the title role in Pell?as et M?lisande with Opera Theatre of St. Louis and Sid in Los Angeles Opera?s Albert Herring. Bass-baritone Craig Irvin, a frequent guest artist with Wolf Trap Opera, makes his OCP debut as Lieutenant Horstmayer, the German commanding officer, with tenor Gabriel Preisser making his debut as Lieutenant Gordon, a role he created at the Minnesota Opera World Premiere.

Tony-nominated director and playwright Eric Simonson, with frequent productions at Steppenwolf Theater and on Broadway, stages this new production with scenic design by Francis O?Connor, costume design by K?rin Kopischke, lighting design by Marcus Dilliard, and projection design by Andrzej Goulding. Maestro Michael Christie, newly appointed to the role of music director for the Minnesota Opera and long-standing music director at Colorado Music Festival and the Phoenix Symphony, makes his company debut at the orchestra podium.

Silent Night is based on the screenplay for Joyeux No?l by Christian Carion for the motion picture produced by Nord-Ouest Production, and was built by the Minnesota Opera and jointly owned by Minnesota Opera and Opera Company of Philadelphia.


by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


April 19, 21m, 24, 26 & 28m, 2013

Sung in German with English translations

Mozart?s fabled tale returns to OCP, ushering in the spring with a vivid, new production. We meet the noble Tamino, an impassioned, contemporary adventurer whose search for enlightenment amid a series of daunting trials ultimately leads him to find his one true love. The Magic Flute is an opera that delights both seasoned opera buffs and novices, from the famously dazzling “Queen of the Night” aria, to Papageno’s melodies, replete with humorous, bucolic whimsy.

This new production from director Robert B. Driver and designer Guia Buzzi transports audiences to the lush rainforests of Brazil, marrying the beauty and wonder of our natural resources to Tamino?s quest to protect that which is right and good. Sets and costumes are co-produced with Festival Amazonas de ?pera in Brazil.

The rising cadre of starring artists includes Spanish tenor Antonio Lozano as Tamino, who makes his OCP debut in 2012 as Belmonte in The Abduction from the Seraglio on the heels of performances as Lindoro in The Italian Girl in Algiers in Oveido, Spain. Soprano Elizabeth Zharoff, a Curtis Institute alumna who also stars as Konstanze in Abduction, returns in the role of Pamina. Baritone Mark Stone, well-loved in Philadelphia as well as leading opera houses throughout Europe, returns following his recent success in the title role of Don Giovanni in Berlin, as Papageno, the comical sidekick with a keen eye for birds. The Queen of the Night is sung by Rachele Gilmore in her company debut. Gilmore made her debut at La Scala this season as Olympia in The Tales of Hoffmann, a role she also sang at the Metropolitan Opera. Jack Mulroney Music Director Corrado Rovaris leads the Opera Company Orchestra.


Underwritten by the Wyncote Foundation

This season, the Aurora Series brings us two sharply contrasting contemporary British works, produced in the intimate and highly theatrical setting of the Perelman Theater. From Benjamin Britten?s haunting rendition of a short story by Henry James, to an operatic take on the lascivious story of a noble woman and her much-publicized sexual appetite by Thomas Ad?s, this Aurora Series pairing provides two rare and unforgettable performance experiences!

Curtis Opera Theatre’s


In association with OCP and Kimmel Center Presents

By Benjamin Britten


March 13, 15 & 17, 2013

Sung in English

From the heart and mind of famed composer Benjamin Britten emerges a stirringly beautiful chamber opera based on a short story by Henry James. The opera, which premiered in 1970, introduces us to Owen Wingrave, a committed pacifist born into a renowned military family. Met with a torrent of disapproval over his beliefs yet desperate to keep the love of his would-be bride, Owen is determined to prove his inner strength ? even if it leads to his own mysterious end.

The gifted young voices of the Curtis Opera Theatre, under Artistic Director Mikael Eliasen, star in this highly-anticipated production. Britten?s orchestral music, by turns spellbinding and terrifying, will be brought to life by the Curtis Symphony Orchestra.

Further details of the creative team will be announced later in the spring of 2012.


By Thomas Ad?s Libretto by Philip Hensher


June 7, 9m & 12, 2013

Sung in English

This bawdy British romp is based on the real life of Margaret, Duchess of Argyll, whose famously scandalous divorce in the 1960s would have provided weeks? worth of fodder for today’s 24-hour news cycle. As intimate details of her sexual proclivities and lurid tales of trysts with potentially-famous partners became public, she earned herself the dubious nickname of “The Dirty Duchess.”

Contemporary British composer Thomas Ad?s creates a chamber opera with a story both comic and tragic, as groundbreaking in its subject matter as its eclectic musical style, which draws on everything from big band and swing to Strauss and Schubert for inspiration. The New York Times said “?Powder Her Face? is a delightful entertainment … we have a distinctive composer among us.”

Celebrated soprano Nancy Gustafson, renowned for leading performances at the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera Covent Garden and La Scala, among others, makes her Opera Company of Philadelphia debut in the title role. Bass Ben Wager, an Academy of Vocal Arts alumnus with a host of leading role credits in Berlin, returns to OCP as the Hotel Manager, with tenor Christopher Tiesi, a Curtis Institute alumnus who made his OCP debut as Gastone in La traviata in 2010, as the Electrician. Soprano Ashley Emerson, a graduate of the Metropolitan Opera?s Lindemann Program who has performed the role of Papagena in The Magic Flute with the Met and Flora in Opera Theatre of St. Louis?s Turn of the Screw, is featured as the Maid. Maestro Corrado Rovaris leads this Aurora Series chamber work.

Please be advised that Powder Her Face features explicit sexual content and adult situations which are inappropriate for young audiences.



by Giacomo Puccini


September 28, 30m, October 3, 5 & 7m, 2012

Sung in Italian with English translations

Conductor:????????????Corrado Rovaris

Director & Designer:????Davide Livermore

Lighting Design:????????Drew Billiau

Rodolfo:????????Bryan Hymel*????????????

Mim???:????????Norah Amsellem????????

Musetta:????????Leah Partridge????????????

Marcello:????????Troy Cook

Schaunard:????Craig Verm*

Colline:????????Jeremy Milner

Benoit/Alcindoro:????Kevin Glavin


Music by Kevin Puts????

Libretto by Mark Campbell

American Repertoire Program

A NEW CO-PRODUCTION with the Minnesota Opera

February 8, 10m, 13, 15 & 17m, 2013

Sung in English, German, French, Italian and Latin with English translations

Conductor:????????????????????????Michael Christie*

Director:????????????????????Eric Simonson*

Set Design:???????????? ????Francis O?Conner*

Costume Design:???????? ????K?rin Kopischke*

Lighting Design:????????????????Marcus Dilliard*

Projection Design:???? ????Andrzej Goulding*

Nikolaus Sprink:????????William Burden????????????

Anna Sorenson:????????Kelly Kaduce????????????

Lt. Audebert:????????Liam Bonner*????????????

Lt. Horstmayer:????????Craig Irvin????????????

Lt. Gordon????:????????????Gabriel Preisser*????????

Father Palmer:????????Troy Cook????????????

Ponchel:????????????Andrew Wilkowske*

Jonathan Dale:????????Zach Borichevsky*????????

William Dale:????????Brandon Cedel????????????

Kronprinz:????????????????Albert J. Glueckert*???????????? ????

French General:????????Harold Wilson*????????????

Madeleine Audebert:????Angela Mortellaro*????????

Scenery and costumes for this production were constructed at The Minnesota Opera Shops and are jointly owned by The Minnesota Opera and Opera Company of Philadelphia.


by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


April 19, 21m, 24, 26 & 28m, 2013

Sung in German with English translations

Conductor:????????Corrado Rovaris

Director:????????????Robert B. Driver

Set & Costume Design:????Guia Buzzi

Lighting Design:????????Drew Billiau

Tamino:????????????Antonio Lozano????????????

Pamina:????????????Elizabeth Zharoff????????

Queen of the Night: ????Rachele Gilmore*????????

Sarastro: ????????????????Jordan Bisch*????????????

Papageno:????????????????Mark Stone

Papagena:????????????????Sarah Shafer*

Sprecher:????????????????Ben Wager

First Lady:???????????????? Devon Guthrie*????????????

Second Lady:????????Tammy Coil

Third Lady:????????Katherine Pracht*

Monostatos:????????Joseph Gaines*????????????

A co-production with Festival Amazonas de ?pera


Music by Thomas Ad?s

Libretto by Philip Hensher


June 7, 9m & 12, 2013

Sung in English

Conductor:????????Corrado Rovaris

Duchess:????????Nancy Gustafson*????????

Hotel Manager:????Ben Wager

Maid:????????Ashley Emerson*

Electrician:????Christopher Tiesi

*Opera Company of Philadelphia debut


La boh?me, Silent Night and The Magic Flute are performed at The Academy of Music, Broad and Locust Streets. Curtis Opera Theatre?s Owen Wingrave and OCP?s Powder Her Face are performed at the Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Broad and Spruce Streets.

Performance times: Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m.; Fridays at 8:00 p.m.; Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m.

Full season subscriptions to Opera at the Academy or the Aurora Series for Chamber Opera at the Perelman Theater are available beginning February 9th at noon at Phone hours are Monday through Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 215-732-8400. Remaining single tickets will go on sale in August 2012 with Ticket Philadelphia.


The Aurora Series for Chamber Opera at the Perelman Theater is generously underwritten by Wyncote Foundation. US Airways is the official airline of the Opera Company. YAMAHA is the official piano of the Opera Company of Philadelphia. Hyatt at the Bellevue is the official hotel of the Opera Company. Burdumy Motors Incorporated is the official automotive dealership of the Opera Company. Macy?s is the sponsor of Opera Overtures pre-opera talks before each performance. The Opera Company of Philadelphia is supported by major grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, Fidelity Foundation, Jacob Burns Foundation, Inc., The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, The Lenfest Foundation, The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage through the Philadelphia Cultural Management Initiative, The Pew Charitable Trusts, The William Penn Foundation and Wyncote Foundation. Additional support is provided by Beneficia Foundation, Independence Foundation, and OPERA America?s Opera Fund. The Opera Company of Philadelphia receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. General operating support is provided, in part, by the Philadelphia Cultural Fund.


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