Yale Opera performs Tchaikovsky rarity May 3–4

Michael Gieleta directs, Timothy Shaindlin is musical director

The Yale Opera program at the Yale School of Music presents Tchaikovsky’s one-act opera Iolanta on Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4 at 8 pm. The “richly melodious opera” (New York Times) was a great success upon its premiere; its fairytale plot features a blind princess growing up in an enclosed garden and, through the illumination of love, regaining her sight.

The production will be directed by Michael Gieleta, the artistic director of the Cherub Company who works in both theater and opera. Timothy Shaindlin, whose expertise is well-known to Yale Opera devotees, will be the musical director.

Iolanta was Tchaikovsky’s last opera; it premiered in 1892, less than a year before the composer’s death at age 53, and has become “unfairly obscure” (Boston Globe). This lyrical, one-act masterpiece runs approximately ninety minutes.

Performances will take place at Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College St., corner of Wall Street). The singers are all students in the prestigious Yale Opera program, which is directed by Doris Yarick-Cross. Casting will be announced shortly.

Both performances take place at 8 pm. Tickets are $10–15, $5 with student ID. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158 or visit music.yale.edu. Tickets can also be purchased on Facebook; join the event here. MORE

Published April 1, 2013
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