Yale Opera announces two new productions for 2012

Speranza Scappucci will be the first woman to conduct a Yale Opera production

The Yale Opera program at the Yale School of Music has announced two new productions for the spring semester of 2012. February will feature Mozart’s comedy Così fan tutte at New Haven’s historic Shubert Theater. In April, Yale Opera will perform Benjamin Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia in Morse Recital Hall.

Speranza Scappucci will conduct Così fan tutte, becoming the first woman to conduct a Yale Opera production. Maestra Scappucci is on the roster of the Metropolitan Opera as an assistant conductor and is active internationally as a vocal coach and continuo harpsichordist.

The young Australian director Justin Way, praised for his “creative energy” and “clever and sympathetic” work, will provide stage direction. The production will feature the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale, the School of Music’s premier ensemble.

Così fan tutte will be sung in Italian with projected English translations. Performances take place February 10–12 at the Shubert Theater (247 College Street). The Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 pm; the Sunday performance is at 2 pm. Tickets are available at the Shubert Theater box office, online at www.shubert.com, or by phone at 203 562-5666.

Yale Opera’s new production of Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia will feature stage direction by Vera Calabria, who has worked with some of the world’s most prestigious opera houses and now also works frequently with young singers as director and dramatic coach. Douglas Dickson and Timothy Shaindlin will provide musical direction.

The Rape of Lucretia will be performed Friday and Saturday, April 27 and 28. Both performances take place at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street (corner of Wall Street), New Haven. Tickets are available through the Yale School of Music box office in Sprague Hall, 203 432-4158, or music.yale.edu.

Published November 10, 2011
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Guitarist Benjamin Verdery plays music by Yale composers Nov. 29

The Yale School of Music presents classical guitarist Benjamin Verdery in a Faculty Artist Series concert on Tuesday, November 29. Verdery will perform his own music as well as that of other Yale composers: Martin Bresnick, Christopher Theofanidis, Ezra Laderman, David Lang, and Jack Vees.

The concert will feature multiple premieres, including the world premiere of Verdery’s arrangement of David Lang’s “Little Eye,” which the composer based on the passage of time playing the game “I spy with my little eye” on long car trips with children. Jack Vees will be a guest performer in “Little Eye.”

Verdery will also give the Yale premieres of his own piece “Now and Ever” and of “January Echoes” by Christopher Theofanidis.

Several composers have composed music for Verdery, including Daniel Asia, John Anthony Lennon, Ingram Marshall, Anthony Newman, and Roberto Sierra. On this concert are Ezra Laderman’s “On Vineyard Sound” and Martin Bresnick’s “Joaquin is Sleeping” (2008), both solo classical guitar pieces written for Verdery. The program will also include “National Anthem,” a piece by Jack Vees for electric guitar and tape based on a song by the band The National.


Published November 10, 2011
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