Yale Opera presents a new production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute


Tamino with the Magic Flute and the Three Ladies

Follow the sound of Tamino’s magic flute into Mozart’s bewitching fairytale opera, where good triumphs over evil, darkness gives way to light, and love conquers all.

The Yale School of Music presents Yale Opera’s new production of Mozart’s classic Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) at the Shubert Theater, 247 College Street, Friday, February 13 and Saturday, February 14 at 8:00 pm and Sunday, February 15 at 2:00 pm. The creative team that created this exciting Magic Flute includes stage director Marc Verzatt and other members of the artistic staff of Yale Opera, Italian conductor Federico Cortese, lighting designer William Warfel, costume designer Thierry Bosquet (principal and men’s chorus costumes originally created for New York City Opera), and set designer Mikiko Suzuki MacAdams. The original set was built by students from the Yale School of Drama. Performers include an international cast of singers from Yale Opera, a chorus drawn from the New Haven and Yale communities, and the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale. Doris Yarick Cross is the artistic director of Yale Opera.

The Magic Flute, Mozart’s last opera, is one of the most widely-performed and best-loved works in the repertory, with both comical whimsy and profound symbolism in abundance. It is actually a Singspiel, or “song-play,” with music and spoken dialogue. For this production, the spoken dialogue is in English, and director Marc Verzatt and Yale voice professor Richard Cross have collaborated on a new and often hilarious translation. The music will be sung in German with projected English translations.

The alternating casts feature the talented young singers of Yale Opera, including sopranos Mireille Asselin, Amanda Hall, Adelaide Muir, and Samantha Lane Talmadge; mezzo-sopranos Gala El Hadidi, Ana Sinicki, Emily Righter, Chrystal Williams; tenors Eric Barry, Tadeusz Szlenkier, and Michael-Paul Krubitzer; baritones David Pershall and Vince Vincent; and basses Jeremy Bowes, Damien Pass, and Tyler Simpson. Soprano Stephanie Gregory, an alumna of the Yale School of Music, will join the cast as a guest artist. The three spirits will be sung (also in alternating casts) by Yale College students Lucy Fitz Gibbon, Emily Misch, Eliza Bagg, Chloe Zale, Elizabeth Picker, and Marianne Schuck.

Tickets are $19-$41, $13 for students with ID, at the Shubert box office, 203.562.5666 or 888.736.2663, or at www.shubert.com. Senior and group discounts are available. For further information, please visit the School of Music web site at  music.yale.edu, or call 203.432.4158.

Published February 12, 2009
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Award-winning Jasper Quartet performs Mozart, Bartók, Schumann

jasper_v_email1The Yale School of Music presents a recital by the Jasper String Quartet, the fellowship quartet-in-residence, at 8:00 pm on Monday, March 2 in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Memorial Hall.  The program ranges from Mozart to Bartók, with Mozart’s “Dissonance” Quartet in C major, K. 465; Bartók’s String Quartet No. 3; and Schumann’s String Quartet in A major, Op. 41, no. 3. Fresh from winning four of chamber music’s most prestigious prizes, the Jasper String Quartet is currently studying at the Yale School of Music under the tutelage of the Tokyo String Quartet. The ensemble – J Freivogel and Sae Niwa, violins; Sam Quintal, viola; and Rachel Henderson, cello – has garnered praise for the “tight ensemble, choreographed playing and driving energy in their performance” (Yellow Spring News).

Admission to the recital is free. For more information, visit the Yale School of Music website, music.yale.edu, or call 203 432-4158.

Formed at Oberlin Conservatory in 2003, the Jasper String Quartet recently completed graduate work at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. Its members are now enrolled in the Artist Diploma program at the Yale School of Music. At Yale, they serve as graduate quartet-in-residence, a position they held for two years at Rice. In 2008, the Jasper String Quartet won the Grand Prize and the Audience Award at the Plowman Chamber Music Competition, Grand Prize at the Coleman Competition, First Place at the Yellow Springs Competition, and the Silver Medal at the Fischoff Competition. Festivals include the Aspen Music Festival’s Advanced String Quartet Program, Juilliard String Quartet Seminar, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and Emerson International String Quartet Workshop. They have appeared at the Kennedy Center, Harris Hall (Aspen, Colo.), Vigeland Museum (Oslo, Norway), Lake Louise (Canada), and on the Brooklyn Friends of Chamber Music and Santa Fe Pro Musica Series. The Jasper String Quartet’s members hold degrees from Oberlin Conservatory, Oberlin College, Rice University, and the New England Conservatory. At Rice, they were mentored by James Dunham, Norman Fischer, and Kenneth Goldsmith. The quartet is named for Jasper National Park in Alberta, Canada. For more info, visit www.jasperquartet.com.

Published February 12, 2009
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