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Springtime in Italy: Singers from Yale Opera perform Italian art songs May 2

April 7, 2011

The Yale School of Music presents the rising stars of Yale Opera in an evening of Italian art songs on Monday, May 2, 2011 at 8 pm in Sprague Hall (470 College Street at the corner of Wall Street, New Haven).

This Liederabend (the German word for “evening of song”) will feature works in Italian ranging from the baroque to the twentieth century. The program will include music by Claudio Monteverdi, one of the first composers of opera, as well as the nineteenth-centruy composer Gaetano Donizetti and two figures that carried opera into the twentieth century: Giuseppe Verdi and Pietro Mascagni. All these composers are best known for their vocal writing, though their solo works are less frequently performed than their operas.

All the singers are students in the prestigious Yale Opera program, led by artistic director Doris Yarick Cross. Pianist Douglas Dickson is coaching the singers in the repertoire and will perform on the program.

This concert is free and open to the public. For more information, visit music.yale.edu or call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.

About the Artists

The Yale Opera program at the Yale School of Music, led by artistic director Doris Yarick Cross, has been extraordinarily successful in preparing singers for professional careers. Graduates of the program appear on the rosters of the world’s major opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Teatro alla Scala (Italy), Covent Garden, English National Opera, Bayerische Staatsoper (Germany), and  Vienna Staatsoper, among many others. In addition to its fine studio voice faculty, Yale Opera provides specialized instruction in diction, language, style, acting, and body movement. Yale Opera singers have worked with such distinguished stage directors as Colin Graham, Sam Helfrich, Thor Steingraber, and Vera Calabria, and conductors Federico Cortese, Dominique Trottein, and Jeremy Silver. Guest master class clinicians have included Alan Held, Ann Murray, Renata Scotto, Sherrill Milnes, and Marilyn Horne.

Douglas Dickson received his B.A. degree from Princeton University and his M.M.A. from the Yale School of Music. He has performed in Europe, Asia, South America, and throughout the United States; his performances have been heard on NPR stations in many states, Colombian National Radio, and ABC-TV. As a vocal accompanist he has played for the master classes and studios of Sherrill Milnes, Renata Scotto, Régine Crespin, Carlo Bergonzi, and Licia Albanese. Mr. Dickson has been accompanist or music director for productions at Quinnipiac College, the Yale School of Drama, Opera Theater of Connecticut, Connecticut Experimental Theater, and Shubert Opera. He was music director and conductor for Yale Opera’s spring 2000 production of Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia. In 1997 and 1998 he performed and taught at the Itu Festival of Arts in Brazil, and has served for nine years on the faculty of Quinnipiac College. Mr. Dickson joined the Yale faculty in 1998.

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