Concert Operetta Theater
"The only concert operetta in the USA!"
Helen Corning Warden Theater,
In the beautiful 1910 ballroom at The Academy of Vocal Arts
1920 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Daniel Pantano, Executive and Artistic Director
2129 W. Ritner Street Philadelphia, PA 19145
(215) 389-0648 ConcertOT @ aol . com
Concert Operetta Theater is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.
All donations are tax-deductible.
Click here to see and hear over 263 videos clips of
past productions and concerts on YouTube!
Over 275,000 people have viewed our clips.
Click here to see 13 clips from COT's performance of Apple Blossoms
Saturday June 15 and Sunday June 16
Both performances at 4:00pm
The Gypsy Princess (1915)
One of the most beloved operettas performed througout Europe.
There 's a secret in Prince Edwin's family...
will it disrupt his wedding to Sylva, the Gypsy Princess?
Music by Emmerich Kálmán
Original Book and Lyrics by Leo Stein & Bela Jenbach
English translation by Nigel Douglas
Adaptation by Daniel Pantano (2001)
Jennifer Holbrook as Sylva and
Jeffrey Halili as Prince Edwin
John Myers (debut) as Boni and Evelyn Rossow as Countess Stasi
with Brian K. Major as Feri
and Christina Chenes, Thomas Faracco, William Lim Jr.,
Karina Sweeney-Riley, Isaac Wenger
Richard Raub, music director and pianist
The Academy of Vocal Arts - Helen Corning Warden Theater
1920 Spruce Street Philadelphia, PA 19103
$30 General Admission
$20 Senior Admission
Under 16 years old are free
Tickets can be pruchased at the door (cash and checks only please)
To make a reservation (not for purchase) please call 215-389-0648
A sneek peek at COT's 2013-2014 season!
Two One Acts by Victor Herbert
Lyrics by Grant Stewart
Based on Je dine chez ma mere by Adrien Decourcelle and Lambert Thiboust
COT presents the 100th anniversary and Philadelphia debut of
which premiered at
The Metropolitan Opera House (NYC) on January 24, 1914
Cyrano deBergerac (1899) Pocket Operetta Version
Lyrics by Harry B. Smith
A new libretto by Alyce Mott (VHSource.com)
based loosely on a story by Edmond Rostand
Frederica (Friederike) by Franz Lehár (1928)
Original book and libretto by Ludwig Herzer and Fritz Löhner
sung in the original English translation (1930) by Adrian Ross and Harry S. Pepper
The love story of Frederika and Johann Goethe during his studies in Strasbourg.
Frederika must sacrifice her love for him for the good of his art.
The Best of Jeanette MacDonald & Nelson Eddy
including music of Coward, Delibes, Flotow, Friml, Herbert,
Lehár, Puccini, Romberg, Wagner...and more
The Music of Emmerich Kálmán and Franz Lehár
sung in English and German and including selections
from many of their beloved operetta including Sari, Gypsy Princess, Countess Maritza, Duchess of Chicago, The Merry Widow, Count of Luxembourg, Czarevitch, Guiditta and more...
What the critics have said about Concert Operetta Theater
Daniel Pantano dedicates himself to restoring and preserving this type of music
theater. He is artistic director of the Concert Operetta Theater and he casts his productions with attractive professionals. These shows are worth seeing and hearing
for their tunefulness and wistfulness. And, on occasion, there comes a weekend like
this when we get even more.
Steve Cohen, The Opera Critic
Concert Operetta Theater has carved out a regional niche for itself that needs and deserves support because no one else is doing what it does —
perform the glorious repertoire of operettas.
Michael Caruso, Chestnut Hill Local
The Concert Operetta Theater draws on the huge pool of classically trained singers
based in our region to present classic operettas concert-style, without sets or costumes. They leave the details up to your imagination and concentrate on the music and the dialogue. I was especially impressed with the quality of the acting. There’s no reason,
after all, why a vocalist who can hit high notes shouldn't be able to recite dialogue in a natural, effective manner.
Tom Purdom, Broad Street Review
Concert Operetta Theater productions are available on DVD
Call or email O.K. Video
406 Philadelphia Pike Wilmington, DE 19809
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I totally enjoyed the Saturday afternoon performance of Kalman's operetta Sari, featuring Steven LaBrie....Glorious singing, excellent Hungarian sonics, with umlauted sounds to die for! A special thanks to you for preserving, nurturing and making so vibrant the operetta genre.
I received the Maritza DVD and immediately played it. Bravo! Wie lieblich! Wie entzükend! The voices were uniformly quite good and the women all are very attractive and cute. The small chorus works very well with minimal musical diminution. Your approach and concept is an excellent and efficient, yet musically and theatrically valuable and enjoyable, format!
David Baumgartner, Ohio
"The Cousin from Batavia " was the first COT performance that
I attended, having learned only a few months ago of
your existence through an internet search. I very much
enjoyed the performance and look forward to coming back
for more. I'm glad to see that there are at least a few others
who also enjoy this kind of music. Thank you for your efforts!
Carl Shankweiler Valley View, Pa.
Thank you for keeping the music of the operetta alive.
Last Saturday's Jeanette MacDonald & Nelson Eddy
concert was fantastic. It brought back many happy memories.
The voices were magnificent and the setting -
the beautiful St. Monica'sChurch - made for a heavenly evening.
In a city with far too few performances of
opera and virtually none of operetta,
Concert Operetta Theater has carved out a
regional niche for itself that needs and deserves
support because no one else is doing what it does
— perform the glorious repertoire of operettas.
Michel Caruso, The Chestnut Hill Local
The production (The Czarevitch) was really super...
You must come to realize what a great contribution
you make to the regional music scene.
For that I thank you most sincerely.
Keep up the good...no, excellent work.
Dr. Joseph McGory
Bravo Daniel, Outstanding singing!
The Czarevitch was a wonderful production.
"A Night in Vienna! was an evening of delight, so many
wonderful talented performers. We want to thank you
for "Vienna" and previous productions that have thrilled
us and retrained our faith that operatta can still be
experienced in this era."
Illene and Don Suplee
"Schöne Galathée was truly Schön"
Dan Rothermel, The Savoy Company
"You may be controversial in Philadelphia,
but you certainly understand this material"
Michael Presser, Inside Broadway
"Countess Maritza adds another feather to the crown of
Concert Operetta Theater and its founder Daniel Pantano"
John Lane, The Weekly Press 2003
"The invaluable Concert Operetta Theater…"
Michael Harrington, Philadelphia Inquirer
"After the performance (The Duchess of Chicago)
I jotted down the comment "near perfect!"
J. Gehringer, NJ
"What a magnificent musical afternoon - Bravo!"
F. Horwitz, Chester County, PA
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