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Yale Opera presents La Bohème February 14–16

bohemeThe Yale School of Music and Yale Opera present a new production of Puccini’s beloved La Bohème this coming February. Set in nineteenth-century Paris, the classic opera tells the poignant story of young artists in love.

Giuseppe Grazioli conducts and Michael Gieleta is the stage director. Both are veterans of Yale Opera: Grazioli has conducted Don Giovanni  (2011) as well as productions of Gianni Schicchi, Suor Angelica, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Gieleta directed last spring’s production of Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta.

The cast features the vibrant young singers of the Yale Opera program, which is directed by Doris Yarick-Cross. The Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale will play Puccini’s rich score.

Anya Klepikov, a past winner of Opera America’s Emerging Director/Designer Showcase, is the scenic designer. John Carver Sullivan and William B. Warfel return to Yale Opera as costume designer and lighting designer, respectively.

The opera will be performed February 14–16 at the Shubert Theater. The Friday and Saturday performances take place at 8 pm; the Sunday performance is at 2 pm. The opera will be sung in Italian with projected English supertitles.

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Published January 16, 2014
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WNPR: Hazeltine Time at Yale

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By Owen McNally

Yale School of Music Professor Willie Ruff, the noted music maven, founder, artistic director and eminence grise behind Yale’s distinguished Ellington Jazz Series, regularly presents a wide spectrum of premier jazz stylists without compromising Duke Ellington’s personal credo that the art of swing is an eternal verity for the music. Right in line with Duke’s pre post-modernist aesthetic of the meaning of soul, grit and groove is the hard-swinging, deeply expressive modern jazz pianist David Hazeltine, who leads his trio at 8:00 pm Thursday, January 16, at the series’ classy roost in Morse Recital Hall at Sprague Hall, 470 College Street in New Haven.

If you love Cedar Walton and Tommy Flanagan, you’re sure to dig Hazeltine, a charter member of One for All, the blue-ribbon, hard bop sextet featuring, among other worthies, West Hartford’s Steve Davis on trombone. Hazeltine is joined by two superb, simpatico swingers, the redoubtable double bassist George Mraz, who doubles on alto saxophone, and drummer Billy Drummond.

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Published January 16, 2014
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