Yale Opera presents master class with Alan Held

On Tuesday, February 26 at 7 pm, renowned bass-baritone Alan Held will work with several singers from Yale Opera in public master class. Esteban Cordero, tenor; Stephen Daniel, baritone; David Leigh, bass; Nikhil Navkal, tenor; and Brian Vu, baritone, will perform for Mr. Held. The class will also feature pianists Douglas Dickson and Timothy Shaindlin.

The master class takes place in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street. The event is free and open to the public.

Recognized internationally as one of the leading singing actors today, American bass-baritone Alan Held has appeared in major roles in the world’s finest opera houses, including The Metropolitan Opera, The Vienna State Opera, The Royal Opera House Covent Garden, The Paris Opera, The Bavarian State Opera, Teatro all Scala, Teatre del Liceu, Hamburg State Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Washington National Opera, Netherlands Opera, Theatre Royal de la Monnaie, and Teatro de la Maestranza. His many roles include Wotan in Wagner’s Der Ring Des Nibelungen, Leporello in Don Giovanni, The Four Villains in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Jochanaan in Salome, Kurwenal in Tristan und Isolde, Don Pizzaro in Fidelio, Orestes in Elektra, Balstrode in Peter Grimes, and the title role in Wozzeck and Cardillac.

Equally at home on the concert stage, he has performed with the world’s leading orchestras including The Berlin Philharmonic, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, The Pittsburgh Symphony, The National Symphony Orchestra, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, The Los Angeles Philharmonic, The BBC-Scottish Symphony Orchestra, The Paris Orchestra, The Kirov Opera Orchestra, and The Montreal Symphony Orchestra. He has also appeared at the Salzburg and Tanglewood Festivals as well as the BBC Proms. He has worked with such distinguished conductors as James Conlon, Sir Andrew Davis, Sir Colin Davis, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Valery Gergiev, Bernard Haitink, Mariss Jansons, James Levine, Sir Charles Mackerras, Zubin Mehta, Franz Welser-Möst, Kent Nagano, Sir Simon Rattle, David Robertson, Donald Runnicles, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Jeffrey Tate. MORE

Published February 25, 2013
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Bach Collegium Japan performs Bach motets March 3

On Sunday, March 3, conductor Masaaki Suzuki will lead the Bach Collegium Japan in a performance of motets by J.S. Bach.  The concert will take place at 5 pm in Woolsey Hall (500 College Street). Tickets are $20, $10 for students, and all proceeds will be donated to ongoing earthquake relief efforts in Japan.

Masaaki Suzuki, the founding director of Bach Collegium Japan, is Visiting Professor of Choral Conducting at Yale, where he directs the Yale Schola Cantorum.

Suzuki founded Bach Collegium Japan in 1990 to introduce Japanese audiences to period instrument performances of great works from the Baroque period. The ensemble consists of both orchestra and chorus; major activities include an annual concert series of Bach cantatas and a number of instrumental programs. It enjoys an international reputation through performances all over the world, and through acclaimed recordings of Johann Sebastian Bach’s church cantatas for the BIS label.

The Bach Collegium Japan’s 2013 U.S. tour includes performances in Avery Fisher Hall with the New York Philharmonic and Yale Schola Cantorum March 6–9.

Masaaki Suzuki returns to Yale in April to conduct Yale Schola Cantorum and Juilliard415 in performances of Bach’s Mass in B minor in New Haven, New York, and on tour to Japan and Singapore.

The U.S. tour of the Bach Collegium Japan Chorus is supported by the Japan Foundation and arranged by International Arts Foundation. Yale Institute of Sacred Music sponsors the New Haven concert. Tickets are available at music.yale.edu.

Published February 25, 2013
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Tafelmusik brings House of Dreams to Yale Mar. 5

“One of the world’s top baroque orchestras.”
– Gramophone

The Yale School of Music presents Tafelmusik in the multimedia program House of Dreams on Tuesday, March 5 at 8 pm, in Morse Recital Hall.

House of Dreams is a groundbreaking and world-renowned venture into the collaboration between visual and musical arts in the time of Purcell, Handel, Vivaldi, and Bach. Planned as an international project involving the Handel House Museum (London), the Palazzo Smith Mangilli-Valmarana (Venice), the Golden ABC (Delft), the Palais-Royal (Paris), and the Bach Museum and Archive (Leipzig), in conjunction with extensive historical research, House of Dreams is a performance experience that evokes the locations and exact settings, including the visual artistic masterpieces, that inspired some of the greatest baroque composers of the age.

Tafelmusik has been hailed as “one of the world’s top baroque orchestras” by Gramophone Magazine. In recent seasons, the orchestra made its debut at Carnegie Hall to sold-out performances that The New York Times praised for “stately, buoyant, and crisply etched playing… elegant phrasing and lithe clarity.” The Toronto-based period instrument orchestra has toured worldwide, and is the only Canadian orchestra to have held an annual international residency at the Klang und Raum Festival (Germany).

This concert is presented jointly by the Oneppo Chamber Music Series, directed by David Shifrin, and the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments, directed by William Purvis. Morse Recital Hall is located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street (corner of Wall Street), New Haven.

Tickets are $25–$35, $15 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.

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Published February 25, 2013
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