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Rising stars of Yale Opera offer two evenings of opera scenes in Sprague Hall October 29 and 30

October 5, 2010

Scene from Yale Opera's production of Le Rossignol last April in Sprague Hall.

The Yale School of Music will present the up-and-coming singers of Yale Opera in two evenings of selected opera scenes. The annual Fall Opera Scenes production is an audience favorite, bringing together the creative talents of artistic director Doris Yarick Cross and stage director Marc Verzatt. In addition, this October’s production will feature the work of costume designer John Carver Sullivan, lighting designer William Warfel, and musical directors Douglas Dickson and Timothy Shaindlin.

Each evening offers a different program, though both lean toward the tragic more than the comic. Friday, October 29 will feature scenes from Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Verdi’s La traviata and Falstaff, and Carlisle Floyd’s Of Mice and Men. Scenes on Saturday, October 30 are selected from Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito, Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Donizetti’s Anna Bolena, and Gounod’s Faust. The performances begin at 7:30 in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall, 470 College Street (corner of Wall Street) in New Haven.

The singers, all students in the renowned Yale Opera program, include Jorge Prego, Eric Barry, Andrew Brown, Jennifer Feinstein, Stephanie Gilbert, Alexander Hahn, Jihee Kim, Samuel Levine, Cameron McPhail, Lorant Najbauer, David Pershall, Annie Rosen, and Lisa Williamson.

Tickets to the performance are $10 to $15, $5 for students. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit music.yale.edu or call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.

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About the Directors

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, and she has sung with the New York Philharmonic and the symphony orchestras of Pittsburgh, Minnesota, Québec, Toronto, and San Francisco. She is well-known as a recitalist and has appeared in hundreds of concerts across the country. Cross 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.