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Yale Opera offers two evenings of one-act operas by Massenet and Walton

Yale Opera's 2008 production of Bluebeard's CastleYale Opera presents two evenings of one-act operas at 7:30 pm on April 17 and 18, 2009, in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College St, New Haven). Each evening opens with Jules Massenet’s La Navarraise and concludes with William Walton’s The Bear.

La Navarraise, inspired by Jules Claretie’s short story "La cigarette," takes place in Spain during the Carlist War in 1874. It is the tale of Anita (La Navarraise) who, in order to raise money for a dowry to marry the man she loves, assassinates a Carlist leader for the reward money — with tragic results. In The Bear, based on a vaudeville by Anton Chekhov, a landowner heatedly demands money owed from a widow, but their duel turns into a seduction. Both operas feature the work of veteran stage director Vera Lúcia Calábria, with wardrobe by Martha Lehr and lighting by William Warfel. La Navarraise will be performed in French with projected English translations; The Bear will be performed in English with text projections. Douglas Dickson and Timothy Shaindlin provide musical direction and piano accompaniment for the Massenet and the Walton, respectively.

The cast for La Navarraise features mezzo-sopranos Ana Sinicki and Chrystal Williams (alternating the role of Anita), tenors Michael-Paul Krubitzer (Araquil) and Eric Barry (Ramon), bass-baritones Tyler Simpson (Garrido) and Damien Pass (Remigio), baritone Vince Vincent (Bustamente), soprano Mireille Asselin (Waitress), and a chorus of bass-baritone Jeremy Bowes and tenor Tadeusz Szlenkier.

In The Bear, the cast includes mezzo-sopranos Gala El Hadidi and Emily Righter (alternating the role of Yelina Ivanovna Popova), baritone David Pershall (Grigory Stephanovich Smirnov), and bass-baritone Jeremy Bowes (Luka). Doris Yarick-Cross is artistic director of Yale Opera.

Tickets are $8-$12, students $5. For more information, visit the Yale School of Music’s new website,, or call 203 432-4158.

For Calendar Editors

Yale School of Music presents
Yale Opera’s spring production of two one-act operas
Jules Massenet’s La Navarraise and William Walton’s The Bear
Date/time:         Friday and Saturday, April 17-18, 2009 at 8:00 pm
Venue:                Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Memorial Hall, 470 College Street, New Haven
Tickets:              $8-$12 / students $5
Phone/web:       203 432-4158 •