Deceptive Cadence debates: does classical music need fixing?

Deceptive Cadence, NPR’s classical music blog, has been discussing whether classical music needs fixing:

If there is one thing we can count on in classical music it’s that people will continue to argue over its future. Is it dying a slow death? Or is it relatively healthy, merely hitting a few bumps in an awfully rocky economic road?
– Thomas Huizenga

NPR has collected opinions from prominent performers and composers. Among the contributors are several who have studied and/or taught at Yale:

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Published January 25, 2011
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Yale Opera presents an exciting new production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni Feb. 11 through 13

Stage director Sam Helfrich makes his Yale Opera debut

Working model of set. Photo by Andrew Cavanaugh Holland.

The Yale School of Music and Yale Opera will present Mozart’s masterpiece Don Giovanni February 11 through 13 at New Haven’s historic Shubert Theater. Performances take place at 8 pm February 11 and 12, and at 2 pm February 13.

With stage director Sam Helfrich at the helm, the creative team features original set design by Andrew Holland, costume design by Kaye Voyce, and lighting design by William Warfel. Giuseppe Grazioli, who enjoys an international career and has worked with Yale Opera numerous times, will conduct the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale.

Helfrich, making his Yale Opera debut, is “delighted to be working with Yale Opera’s talented young singers on Don Giovanni, perhaps Mozart’s greatest opera.”

“The designers and I have created an entirely new production for Yale Opera, drawing inspiration from the Spanish origins of the Don Juan story in order to create a theatrical event rooted in classic images and, at the same time, hip, youthful, and which should strike a chord with smart modern audiences.”
– stage director Sam Helfrich

The opera will be performed in the original Italian with projected English translations. MORE

Published January 25, 2011
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