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Yale Opera presents La Bohème February 14–16

Conductor Giuseppe Grazioli and stage director Michael Gieleta return to Yale Opera
January 16, 2014

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.

Tickets are $19–50, $13 with student ID. For more information, call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158. Tickets are available from the Shubert Theater box office at 247 College Street, 203 562-5666 or shubert.com.


About the Creative Team

Giuseppe Grazioli, conductor

After receiving a degree in piano and composition, Giuseppe Grazioli studied orchestral conducting with Gianluigi Gelmetti, Leopold Hager, Franco Ferrara, Peter Maag, and Leonard Bernstein. Recent appearances include Turin’s Regio Theater, Rome’s Opera Theater, Opéra de Nantes et Angers, Opéra de Quebec, Washington Opera, and the Festival della Valle d’Itria. In 2001, he was invited to La Scala for the closing concert before its restoration; he then conducted the final of the Operalia Competition in Paris (Théâtre du Châtelet), after which Placido Domingo invited him to Washington to lead Lucia di Lammermoor.

With a repertoire ranging from classical to contemporary music, Giuseppe Grazioli has led the Italian premieres of Leonard Bernstein’s Mass, Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Oratorio, and Nicola Piovani’s ballet Fellini, as well as the world première of Marco Tutino’s Vita in 2003 with the La Scala Orchestra. With Yale Opera, he has conducted productions of Gianni Schicchi, Suor Angelica, A Midsummer Night’s Dream,  and Don Giovanni.

Among his recordings are some rarities of the twentieth century by De Falla, Auric, Martinu, Casella, Malipiero, Rieti, Lambert, Bax, and Bartók; the first recording of Zandonai’s Quadri di Segantini. In 2011 he started recording the complete symphonic works of Nino Rota for Decca with Orchestra Sinfonica Giuseppe Verdi. The seires includes the world-premiere recording of Napoli milionaria. 

Michael Gieleta, stage director

Michael Gieleta grew up in the U.K. of an Italo-Polish background and now directs theatre and opera internationally. He trained at Oxford University and assisted at the Royal Opera House, Glyndebourne Opera Festival, Royal Shakespeare Company and, with Franco Zeffirelli among others, in London’s West End

In theatre, he has worked extensively on new and rediscovered material by the leading authors in the English-speaking theatre; his interests range from Peter Nichols, Tom Stoppard, Nilo Cruz, and Martin Sherman, to Noel Coward, Peter Shaffer, and Glyn Maxwell. He directs regularly across Continental Europe, where his production of Slobodzianek’s Our Class opened the Rome Theatre Festival in 2012. His role often extends itself to that of a translator and a dramatug. As the Artistic Director of the Cherub Company London, he has enjoyed much success in producing shows and launching border-crossing cultural exchanges.

Last season he directed Yale Opera’s production of Iolanta. Other opera credits include Maria at Wexford and Gdansk, The Kiss at Wexford and in St. Louis, The Magic Flute at Chicago Opera Theater, and Manon  for Cape Town Opera. The coming seasons will bring his work to Santa Fe Opera and Houston Grand Opera, among others. Michael has a long association with the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and dedicates his spare time to the nurturing of emerging artists in theatre and opera. 

Anya Klepikov, scenic designer

Anya Klepikov is a New York based set and costume designer for theater and opera. Her recent opera work includes costumes for the upcoming production of An American Tragedy, Glimmerglass Festival, set for Mourning Becomes Electra, Florida Grand Opera, set and costumes for Shostakovich’s Moscow, Cheryomushki!, Chicago Opera theater, set and costumes for Philip Glass’s Hydrogen Jukebox, Fort Worth Opera Festival, and the set for Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, Princeton Festival. Anya is also a frequent collaborator of director Mike Donahue and a frequent guest artist at Princeton University, where she recently designed costumes for Monteverdi’s Coronation of Poppea, set and costumes for Der Bourgeois Bigwig, a new adaptation of Moliere’s Bourgeois Gentilhomme with Richard Strauss’s incidental music, as well as sets for Prokofiev’s banned adaptation of Pushkin’s Eugene Onegin. Anya’s costumes for A Woman of No Importance, Yale Rep, won the Connecticut Critics’ Circle Award for Outstanding Costume Design, and her work has been featured in American Theatre Magazine and Live Design Magazine. Work on camera includes the costumes and apartment design for Adam Goldman’s new web series, Whatever This Is. Anya is a teaching artist with the Roundabout Theater Company and has lectured on Color at the Yale School of Drama. BA, University of Chicago; MFA, Yale School of Drama. www.anyaproductiondesign.com

John Carver Sullivan, costume designer

John Carver Sullivan returns to Yale Opera, where he has designed costumes for I Capuleti e i Montecchi, the 2010 and 2011 opera scenes productions, La Tragédie de Carmen and Le Rossignol. His long association with Colin Graham and Opera Theatre of St. Louis has included designs for world premiere productions of The Woodlanders, The Village Singer, and The Postman Always Rings Twice, among many others.  He has also designed the Broadway production of Moose Murders, off-Broadway productions at the York Theatre of The Musical of Musicals – The Musical, Little By Little, and The Jello is Always Red, and multiple productions for the Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music. His theatrical work includes productions for Goodspeed Opera, the Alley Theatre, Berkeley Rep, and the Folger Library Theatre. Mr. Sullivan currently serves as the Chair of the Theatre Department at Southern Connecticut State University.

William B. Warfel, lighting designer

William B. Warfel has done lighting design and production management for over 30 Yale Opera productions since 1978. He was Co-chair of Design and Professor of Lighting at the Yale School of Drama from 1967 to 1993 and is currently in private practice as a lighting designer and theater consultant in Hamden, CT. A graduate of both Yale College and the School of Drama, Mr. Warfel taught at Dartmouth College and Long Island University and worked in the lighting profession in New York City prior to returning to the New Haven area.  He has lectured and taught in Finland, China, Egypt, Iceland and Sweden and has worked on consulting projects in Scotland, Nigeria, and Ecuador. Mr. Warfel is a founding member of the International Association of Lighting Designers.



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