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Yale Opera’s spring production May 2–3 offers three operas each performance
The Yale School of Music presents Yale Opera‘s spring production, a triple bill of one-acts, on May 2 and 3 in Morse Recital Hall. Each performance will feature short operas by Giacomo Puccini, Lee Hoiby, and Ralph Vaughan Williams.
The production features stage direction by Louisa Proske, a graduate of Yale School of Drama and a co-artistic director of Heartbeat Opera. Douglas Dickson and Timothy Shaindlin are the musical directors. Doris Yarick Cross is the artistic director of Yale Opera.
Puccini’s comic one-act Gianni Schicchi is inspired by a reference in Dante’s Inferno (Canto XXX) where a man’s will sends his relatives into a frenzy of deception in their race to stop his estate being left to charity. The opera contains what is probably the composer’s most famous aria, “O mio babbino caro.”
The evocative Riders to the Sea, by Ralph Vaughan Williams, is based on the play of the same name by Irish author John Millington Synge. Setting Synge’s text almost verbatim, the opera tells the story of the Irishwoman Maurya who has lost her husband, father-in-law, and five of her six sons at sea. She fears for what little she has left.
Lee Hoiby’s comic Bon Appétit! taps the wit and antics of one of America’s best-loved television personalities, Julia Child. The one-act, one-woman opera takes place in Child’s kitchen as the irrepressible chef attempts to bake a chocolate cake.
Performances are Saturday, May 2 at 8 pm and Sunday, May 3 at 2 pm. Morse Recital Hall is located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street, New Haven.
Tickets start at $10, $5 for students, and are available online or from the Yale School of Music box office at 203 432-4158.