Yale alumnae take part in Opera Boston’s Cardillac

Opera Boston is presenting the long-delayed New England premiere of Hindemith’s opera Cardillac on February 25 and 27, and March 1. Making their Opera Boston debuts in mainstage roles are Sol Kim-Bentley, a graduate of Yale College, and Janna Baty, a YSM alumna who is now on the faculty of the School of Music.

Paul Hindemith, whose first opera is rarely performed, taught at Yale for many years. Academically, many of his contributions were to early music, particularly in founding the university’s collegium musicum. He modeled much of Cardillac on the structure of Handelian opera.

Opera News and the Boston Globe have both written preview articles about the production.

Soprano Sol Kim-Bentley, a longtime featured member of Opera Boston’s ensemble, was most recently a memorable Roll Seller in 2009’s The Nose. Cardillac marks her principal role debut as Cardillac’s Daughter, who cannot compete with her father’s golden creations for his love. Kim-Bentley, a two-time Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions regional finalist, most recently understudied the title role in their world premiere of Zhou Long’s Madame White Snake (performing the role for an  invited  dress rehearsal),  sang the role of Tosca with Longwood Opera, and was the Roll Seller in Opera Boston’s New England premiere of Shostakovich’s The Nose. MORE

Published February 24, 2011
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Aaron Jay Kernis is DePauw University’s Composer-in-Residence for 2011

91015The DePauw University School of Music announced that composer Aaron Jay Kernis, a member of the Yale School of Music faculty, will begin a residency under the auspices of the “Music of the 2st Century” series on Wednesday, March 2. During his residency, Kernis will participate in classes, sit in on rehearsals, and spend time in studio sessions. His visit will culminate with a final concert on Sunday, March 6 in the Green Center for the Performing Arts.

Kernis is the winner of the coveted 2002 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition and one of the youngest composers ever to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize. The New York Times has cited his “fearless originality [and] powerful voice.”

Music of the 21st Century, an annual event at DePauw, brings some of the world’s most outstanding and recognized composers to work side-by-side with the students at the DePauw School of Music. Previous visitors have included Joan Tower, Samuel Adler, Chen-Yi, Jake Heggie, George Crumb, Augusta Read Thomas, Tania León, Frederic Rzewski and Martin Bresnick.

In preparation for Kernis’ visit as composer-in-residence, students have been studying and practicing many of his works that will be performed in a series of concerts throughout the week.

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Published February 24, 2011
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