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Yale Opera presents a fresh production of La Cenerentola
The Yale School of Music and Yale Opera present a new production of Rossini’s La Cenerentola on May 2–3, 2014. In this new production, directed by Ted Huffman, the operatic retelling of the Cinderella story is full of comedy, complete with tall wigs and wide skirts.
Douglas Dickson provides musical direction and accompaniment. The cast features the vibrant young singers of the Yale Opera program, which is directed by Doris Yarick-Cross.
The opera will be performed Friday and Saturday, May 2–3 at 8 pm. Performances are in Morse Recial Hall, located in Sprague Memorial Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). The opera will be sung in Italian with projected English supertitles.
About the Creative Team
Ted Huffman, stage director
Stage director Ted Huffman studied humanities at Yale University and is a graduate of San Francisco’s Merola Opera Program. During the 2013–14 season, Ted directs Les mamelles de Tirésias for La Monnaie and Festival Aix-en-Provence, Hydrogen Jukebox for Skylight Music Theater, Giasone for English Touring Opera, La Calisto for Cincinnati Opera, and La Cenerentola for Yale Opera.
Recent credits include Most of the Boys (World Premiere) for the Royal Opera House, Die Dreigroschenoper for Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and Royal Festival Hall, Der Kaiser von Atlantis for Central City Opera, Galileo, Galilei for Cincinnati Opera, and Hänsel und Gretel for Pittsburgh Opera. Ted received a “Best Opera Direction” nomination from Opernwelt in 2011 for his production of Henze’s El Cimarrón. His production of The Lighthouse, part of English Touring Opera’s autumn 2012 season, was shortlisted for an RPS Music Award and a UK Theatre Award. Future invitations include projects for Glyndebourne, Theater an der Wien, Aldeburgh Festival, the Philharmonia Baroque and San Francisco Opera’s Adler Fellows.
Douglas Dickson (musical direction and accompaniment) received his B.A. degree from Princeton University and his M.M.A. from the Yale School of Music. On various occasions the Washington Post has called him an “intelligent, sensitive” pianist with “super technique,” and has praised him for his “finely integrated oneness” he achieves as an accompanist. Mr. Dickson has performed in the U.S., Europe, Asia, and South America in venues ranging from Japan’s Expo Hall to the Cincinnati Coliseum. While still in college, he was the accompanist for the American Boychoir. As part of Duodecaphonia, a prize-winning piano duo, he has performed at the Kennedy Center and elsewhere.
Mr. Dickson has been music director for productions at Quinnipiac University, Yale School of Drama, Opera Theater of Connecticut, and Connecticut Experimental Theater. He was music director and conductor for Yale Opera’s production of Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, and he conducted a concert featuring Yale Opera with the Orchestra Verdi in Milan. He has taught at Quinnipiac University since 1993, and joined the Yale faculty in 1998. He made his Carnegie debut in an all-Ives concert at Weill Recital Hall. For Naxos, he recorded more than eighty Charles Ives songs.