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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.
About the Creative Team
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.
Michael Gieleta, stage director
Michael Gieleta, the Artistic Director of the Cherub Company, is an active director in both theater and opera. His most recent directing credits include Noël Coward’s Bitter Sweet at Bard SummerScape and Maria for Wexford Festival Opera (which he will reprise later this year at Krakow Opera). He has directed operas at Chicago Opera Theater, Wexford Opera Festival, Cape Town Opera, Opera Integra, Opera Brava, and the State Theatre, Pretoria, among others. Michael trained at Oxford, Milan and Warsaw universities; he was a trainee director at the National Theatre Studio in London.
Timothy Shaindlin, musical director
Timothy Shaindlin’s work spans over 30 years in the top opera houses of North America and Europe. A native of New York City, he joined the Yale School of Music faculty in 2008. After studies at The Juilliard School and Indiana University, he worked for the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Washington National Opera, San Diego Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, and Pittsburgh Opera. In Europe, he worked for Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu and played master classes for Tito Gobbi. Mr. Shaindlin’s work on the podium includes conducting engagements with the Wolf Trap Opera Festival, Hawaii Opera Theatre, Pittsburgh Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, Chicago Light Opera Works, and Eugene Opera. He has assisted such renowned conductors as Christoph Eschenbach, Sir Andrew Davis, Daniel Barenboim, and Valery Gergiev. As linguist and translator, Mr. Shaindlin’s supertitle translations have been featured in many opera houses in the United States, and his is the first-ever English translation/transliteration of the original version of Boris Godunov.