Mezzo-soprano Janna Baty makes faculty artist recital debut

baty_vMezzo-soprano Janna Baty, now in her second year on the faculty of the Yale School of Music, will perform a recital on Wednesday, October 7, 2009 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall. In her first appearance on the Faculty Artist Series, Baty and pianist Karl Paulnack will perform Beethoven’s An die Ferne Geliebte and selected songs from the Spanish composer Fernando Obradors, as well as Apparition, a piece by George Crumb for soprano and amplified piano. In addition, Baty and Paulnack will be joined by flutist Laura Gilbert and cellist Jacques Wood for Ravel’s Chansons Madécasses.

Admission to the concert is free. For more information on the Faculty Artist Series and other performances at the Yale School of Music, visit or call 203 432-4158.

About the artist
Janna Baty, mezzo-soprano, has appeared recently with the Hamburgische Staatsoper, the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Eugene Opera, Opera North, and Boston Lyric Opera. She appears regularly with the contemporary ensembles Collage New Music, Auros Group for New Music, and Boston Modern Orchestra Project, with whom she recorded a disc for Naxos of works by Reza Vali. Ms. Baty was winner of the XXI International Music Competition “Dr. Luis Sigall” in Chile. She has sung under Seiji Ozawa, Michel Plasson, Carl Davis, Robert Spano, and Steuart Bedford. Festival appearances include Aldeburgh and Britten (England), Semanas Musicales de Frutillar (Chile), and Tanglewood and Norfolk (U.S.). As recitalist and chamber musician, she has performed in Europe, the U.S., and South America with such distinguished musicians as violist Nobuko Imai, pianists Claude Frank and Peter Frankl, and guitarist Stephen Marchionda. Ms. Baty has worked with composers Bernard Rands, Sydney Hodkinson, Peter Child, Christopher Lyndon Gee, Fred Lerdahl, Yehudi Wyner, and John Harbison, in performances of their music. An alumna of Oberlin College and the Yale School of Music, she joined the Yale faculty in 2008.

Published September 22, 2009
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Fall Opera Scenes announced

A scene from <em>The Bear</> performed by Yale Opera in Sprague Hall, spring 2009.

A scene from Yale Opera's production of William Walton's opera The Bear, Sprague Hall, spring 2009.

This October, Yale Opera will continue its tradition of offering two distinct evenings of fully-staged operatic scenes. The artistic staff features stage director Marc Verzatt and music directors Douglas Dickson and Timothy Shaindlin. In addition, John Carver Sullivan will be the costume designer, and William Warfel will design the lighting.

Each opera scene will be sung in its original language with projected English translations.

Friday, October 30 will present scenes by Mozart, Dvorak, and Ambroise Thomas. The evening of Saturday, October 31 will feature the music of Donizetti, Rossini, Stravinsky, and Massenet.

The singers, all part of Yale Opera, include Mireille Asselin, Eric Barry, Jeremy Bowes, Andrew Craig Brown, Gala El Hadidi, Jennifer Feinstein, Adam Frandsen, Stephanie Jeanne Gilbert, Amanda C. Hall, Jihee Kim, Michael-Paul Krubitzer, Lóránt Najbauer, David Pershall, Tyler Simpson, Vince Vincent, and Chrystal E. Williams.

The opera scenes will take place Friday, October 30 and Saturday, October 31 at 7:30 pm in Morse Recital Hall at Sprague Memorial Hall. Doris Yarick-Cross is the artistic director of Yale Opera. MORE

Published September 22, 2009
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