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Yale Opera announces spring repertoire

October 9, 2009

Winter production of The Marriage of Figaro
to be followed in April by a double-bill of Carmen and Le Rossignol

A scene from Yale Opera's production of Mozart's The Magic Flute at the Shubert Theatre, February, 2009. Photo by Jennifer Lester.

A scene from Yale Opera’s production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute at the Shubert Theatre, February, 2009. Photo by Jennifer Lester.

Yale Opera and artistic director Doris Yarick-Cross are pleased to announce the repertoire for its winter and spring productions. The winter production, which will take place at New Haven’s historic Shubert Theater in February, will be an Mozart’s popular The Marriage of Figaro. The opera will be performed in the original Italian with projected English translations. This production by Robert Driver will feature a creative team including stage director Vera Lúcia Calábria, set designer Boyd Ostroff, and lighting designer William Warfel. Christoph Campestrini will conduct the Yale Philharmonia.

The month of April will bring a double-bill of Bizet’s La Tragédie de Carmen and Stravinsky’s Le Rossignol. Both productions will be performed in their original languages – French for Carmen and Russian for Le Rossignol – with projected English translations. Mark Streshinsky will provide stage direction, Douglas Dickson and Timothy Shaindlin will provide musical direction and accompaniment, and William Warfel will design the lighting. The performances will take place April 16 and 17 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall.


Original Production – Robert Driver
Set Designer – Boyd Ostroff
Lighting Designer – William Warfel
Musical Preparation – Douglas Dickson and Timothy Shaindlin
Chorus Master – Steven Gearhart
Stage Manager – Lisa Marie Shuster

Scenery Produced by Opera Company of Philadelphia

Performances in the Shubert Theatre, New Haven, February 12 and 13, 2010 at 8 pm and February 14, 2010 at 2 pm.


Count Almaviva: David Pershall, baritone; Vince Vincent, baritone
Countess Almaviva: Stephanie Gilbert, soprano; Amanda Hall, soprano
Susanna, maid to the Countess, betrothed to Figaro: Mireille Asselin, soprano; JiHee Kim, soprano
Figaro, valet to Count Almaviva: Jeremy Bowes, bass-baritone; Tyler Simpson, bass-baritone
Cherubino, the Count’s page: Gala El Hadidi, mezzo-soprano; Chrystal E. Williams, mezzo-soprano
Marcellina, housekeeper to Bartolo: Jennifer Feinstein, mezzo-soprano
Bartolo, a doctor from Seville: Andrew Brown, bass-baritone
Don Basilio, music master: Eric Barry, tenor; Michael‐Paul Krubitzer, tenor
Don Curzio, magistrate: Adam Frandsen, tenor
Antonio, gardener, Susanna’s uncle: Lóránt Najbauer, baritone


Carmen: Gala El Hadidi, mezzo-soprano; Jennifer Feinstein, mezzo-soprano
Don José: Adam Frandsen, tenor; Michael‐Paul Krubitzer, tenor
Escamillo: David Pershall, baritone; Tyler Simpson, bass-baritone
Micaëla: Amanda Hall, soprano


The Nightingale: Mireille Asselin, soprano; Jihee Kim, soprano
The Cook: Stephanie Gilbert, soprano
The Fisherman: Eric Barry, tenor
The Emperor of China: Andrew Brown, bass-baritone; Tyler Simpson, bass-baritone
The Chamberlain: Lóránt Najbauer, baritone
The Bonze: Jeremy Bowes, bass-baritone
Death: Chrystal E. Williams, mezzo-soprano
Three Japanese Envoys Adam Frandsen, tenor; Michael‐Paul Krubitzer, tenor; Andrew Brown, bass-baritone/Tyler Simpson, bass‐baritone

Stage Director – Mark Streshinsky
Musical Preparation – Douglas Dickson and Timothy Shaindlin
Lighting Designer – William Warfel
Stage Manager – Laura Lynne Knowles
Performances: April 16 and 17, 2010 at 8:00pm
Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall