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Yale Opera offers double bill of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and Hoiby’s The Scarf April 29 & 30

April 6, 2011

Performance of The Scarf will memorialize composer Lee Hoiby, recently deceased at age 85

The Yale School of Music and Yale Opera present two evenings of short operas by Henry Purcell and Lee Hoiby on Friday and Saturday, April 29 and 30 at 8 pm. The performances, which will feature the singers of the prestigious Yale Opera program, will take place in Morse Recital Hall (located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street, New Haven).

Yale Opera, April 2010

The creative team features stage director Mark Streshinsky, the artistic director of Berkeley Opera who is acclaimed for his “seamless and imaginative staging” (Cincinnati Enquirer). William Warfel provides original lighting design, and Jeremy Knight has designed the evocative projections.

Each evening opens with Dido and Aeneas, an important opera of the baroque era by Henry Purcell. The opera tells the story of Dido’s abanondment by her beloved Aeneas, and Dido’s heartbreaking lament, “When I am laid in earth,” has become the opera’s most enduring legacy. The Yale Baroque Ensemble, directed by Robert Mealy, will accompany the opera.

Lee Hoiby’s first opera, The Scarf, became an instant hit upon its premiere in 1957. Hoiby died on March 28 at the age of 85. This performance will memorialize an American composer best known for his vocal works, from short songs to operas. Though Hoiby’s lush tonality and lyricism set him apart from composers writing in more dissonant idioms, his music was championed by such figures as Gian Carlo Menotti and Leontyne Price.

Timothy Shaindlin and Douglas Dickson will provide musical direction for Dido and Aeneas and The Scarf, respectively, and Dickson will provide piano accompaniment for The Scarf. Doris Yarick Cross is the artistic director of Yale Opera.

Tickets to this production are $10 to $15, $5 for students. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit music.yale.edu<http://music.yale.edu> or call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.

About the Artistic Team

DORIS YARICK CROSS, artistic director
Soprano Doris Yarick Cross has appeared with most of the major opera companies in the United States, including San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and New York City Opera, as well as companies in Europe, Australia, and Canada. She spent sixteen years in Germany where she sang leading roles in major opera houses. She has sung with the symphony orchestras of Pittsburgh, Minnesota, Quebec, Toronto, San Francisco, and the New York Philharmonic. Well-known as a recitalist, she has appeared in hundreds of concerts across the country. She has served on the faculty of the University of Texas and was head of the voice department at the University of Connecticut prior to coming to the Yale School of Music in 1983.

MARK STRESHINSKY, stage director
Mark Streshinsky’s recent directing credits include Bizet’s Carmen in Cincinnati, where he has also directed Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor and Offenbach’s Contes d’Hoffmann, Puccini’s Bohème in Dallas, Handel’s Giulio Cesare in Kansas City, and Mozart’s Nozze di Figaro and Rossini’s Cenerentola for Michigan Opera Theatre. He directed the world premiere of David Carlson’s Anna Karenina in Miami and St. Louis. Now serving as the new artistic director of Berkeley Opera, Mark has created critically acclaimed productions of Eugene Onegin, Handel’s Acis and Galatea, Legend of the Ring (a one-evening version of Wagner’s Ring cycle), and the world premiere of Chrysalis, by composer Clark Suprynowicz and playwright John O’Keefe. Mark has been a member of the staging staff of San Francisco Opera, New York City Opera, Dallas Opera, Los Angeles Opera, and Seattle Opera. He has served on the faculties of West Coast Opera Works, Opera North, and Des Moines Metro Opera’s young artist programs. Streshinsky regularly directs fire operas and fire ballets for The Crucible, an industrial arts center in Oakland, California.

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