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Yale Opera presents a new production of Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi

January 18, 2013

Marc Verzatt is stage director; Speranza Scappucci returns as music director

The Yale Opera program at the Yale School of Music will present an original production of Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi on February 15–17, 2013. A retelling of the Romeo and Juliet story, this bel canto masterpiece is “an opera of definite dramatic appeal” (New York Times) replete with “music of extraordinary grace” (All Music Guide).

Speranza Scappucci, who last year became the first woman to conduct a Yale Opera production, returns to conduct Capuleti. Maestro Scappucci has worked for several opera companies around the world as an assistant conductor, including the Metropolitan Opera, the Wiener Staatsoper, the Rome Opera, and the Salzburg Festival.

Marc Verzatt, named the Outstanding Stage Director of the Year in 2006 by Classical Singer magazine, is the stage director. Verzatt has directed numerous Yale Opera productions, including The Magic Flute, Die Fledermaus, and La bohème.

Tony nominee Riccardo Hernandez is the set designer. To view a video of Hernandez on set at the Yale Repertory Theatre, click here.

The production also features costume design by John Carver Sullivan, the head of the theater program at SCSU, and lighting design by Yale Opera favorite William Warfel.

Performances will take place at New Haven’s historic Shubert Theater. Singers are all students in the prestigious Yale Opera program, which is directed by Doris Yarick-Cross. The production will feature the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale, the School of Music’s premier ensemble.

I Capuleti e i Montecchi will be sung in Italian with projected English translations. Performances take place February 15–17 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.

For more information, call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158 or visit music.yale.edu.