The Yale School of Music presents the singers of Yale Opera in two evenings of opera scenes on Friday and Saturday, October 28 and 29. Each evening will feature a different selection of scenes from popular operas by composers as diverse as Handel, Gounod, Puccini, and more. Both performances will take place at 7:30 pm in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, corner of Wall Street).
A favorite of local audiences, the annual Fall Opera Scenes production showcases the creative talents of artistic director Doris Yarick Cross and stage director Marc Verzatt. This autumn’s production will also feature visual projections designed by students in the Yale School of Drama’s program in projection design. The projection program is directed by Wendall K. Harrington, and here each scene will incorporate the work of a different design student.
The creative team also includes costume designer John Carver Sullivan, lighting designer William Warfel, and musical directors Douglas Dickson and Timothy Shaindlin. The singers are all students in the renowned Yale Opera program.
Each performance incorporates both the comic and the tragic, including a little bit of Shakespeare. Friday, Oct. 28 will feature scenes from Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, Berlioz’s Les Troyens, and Verdi’s La Traviata. The program on Saturday, Oct. 29 will feature excerpts from Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Handel’s Giulio Cesare, Bellini’s I Puritani, Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta, and Puccini’s La Bohème.
Tickets to the Fall Opera Scenes are $10–$15, $5 with student ID. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit music.yale.edu or call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.
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.
Marc Verzatt, stage director
Marc Verzatt maintains an active career directing opera, operetta, and musical theater throughout the U.S. and Europe. His recent productions with Yale Opera include The Magic Flute, Die Fledermaus, La bohème, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Katya Kabanova. Mr. Verzatt began as an assistant stage director for the Lyric Opera of Chicago and was soon appointed as acting coach and stage director of the Lyric Opera Center for American Artists. He was also co-artistic director and director of the Young Artists Program of the Lake George Opera Festival. A lecturer in opera at Yale, Verzatt has also been a guest professor with Philadelphia’s Academy of Vocal Arts and a visiting professor at the University of Notre Dame. He studied drama at Rutgers University and ballet under scholarship with New Jersey’s Garden State Ballet, and subsequently made his professional debut as a dancer with the Metropolitan Opera. He received Classical Singer Magazine’s award for Stage Director of the Year in 2006.
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