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Yale Opera performs fall scenes Nov. 2 & 3

October 16, 2012

Creative team includes stage director Hans Nieuwenhuis, musical directors Douglas Dickson & Timothy Shaindlin

The Yale School of Music presents the rising stars of Yale Opera in two evenings of opera scenes on Friday and Saturday, November 2 and 3. Each evening will feature a different selection of scenes from popular operas by composers as diverse as Bizet, Sullivan, Puccini, and more. Both performances will take place at 7:30 pm in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street (corner of Wall Street), New Haven.

A favorite of local audiences, the annual Fall Opera Scenes production will showcase the voice students of the renowned Yale Opera program, which is directed by Doris Yarick-Cross. This autumn’s production will also feature the work of stage director Hans Nieuwenhuis, musical directors Douglas Dickson and Timothy Shaindlin, costume designer Valerie Webster, and lighting designer William Warfel.

Each performance spotlights an assortment of comic and tragic works. Friday, Nov. 2 will feature scenes from Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Bizet’s Carmen, Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore, and Massenet’s Manon and Werther. The program on Saturday, Nov. 3 will feature excerpts from Puccini’s La Bohème, Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Rossini’s Otello, Bizet’s Les pêcheurs de perles, and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance.

Tickets to the Fall Opera Scenes go for a song:  $10–$15, $5 with student ID. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit music.yale.edu or call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.


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

Hans Niewenhuis, stage director

Hans Nieuwenhuis studied law at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam before devoting his professional life to the theater as an actor, writer, and ultimately stage director. He assisted several world-renowned opera stage directors and made his directing debut with The Netherlands Opera in 1978. He was a resident stage director for this company from 1977 to 1984. His international career started in 1981 with the staging the U.S. premiere of Satyagraha. After that he directed more then 90 productions around the world. Nieuwenhuis was founder and, from 1992 to 2011, General Director of Opera Studio Nederland. Currently Mr. Nieuwenhuis is General Director of the Orfeo Foundation. During the last three decades Hans Nieuwenhuis has devoted himself to aspiring young opera singers and has been a regular jury member of numerous international competitions. Hans Nieuwenhuis was recently appointed Knight of the Order of Orange-Nassau by Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands for his work in opera, theater, and music.