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The Soldier’s Tale: full performance now available to watch on demand

Performance features a new translation by Liz Diamond; on-demand stream will be available for six months beginning June 1, 2014
June 1, 2014

SoldiersTale_0431The Yale School of Music is pleased to present an on-demand stream of Igor Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale, a co-production with Yale School of Drama. The stream will be available for six months beginning June 1, 2014.


In April, the Yale in New York concert series, under the artistic direction of David Shifrin, presented a new collaboration between the two performing arts schools: a fully-staged original production and new translation of Igor Stravinsky’s darkly comic The Soldier’s Tale. Performances took place Tuesday, April 1 in Morse Recital Hall on the Yale campus, and Sunday, April 6 in Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall. One of the largest collaborations between the two schools, the production brought together School of Music faculty and student musicians with the School of Drama faculty, student, and alumni designers, actors, and technicians.

Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale (L’histoire du Soldat) was written in response to the events of World War I, and premiered in 1918. Here is a lively new translation of the original libretto by Liz Diamond, OBIE Award-winning Resident Director at Yale Repertory Theatre and Chair of the Directing Department at Yale School of Drama. Diamond also staged the production.

Tony Award winning actor Michael Cerveris, an alumnus of Yale College, took the lead role of The Reader. Three School of Drama students performed the remaining three roles: Tom Pecinka as The Soldier; James Cusati-Moyer as The Devil; and Mariko Parker as The Princess.

The production’s creative team included scenic design by two-time Tony Award winner Michael Yeargan, Resident Set Designer at Yale Repertory Theatre and Co-Chair of the Design Department at Yale School of Drama. Choreography is by Emily Coates, a lecturer in dance at Yale College and former dancer with New York City Ballet, Mikhail Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project, and Twyla Tharp. In addition, lighting design is by Solomon Weisbard, a recent graduate of the School of Drama whose work in theatre and dance has been seen in New York and around the country; costumes are by Ilona Somogyi, Costume Design Advisor at Yale Rep and a member of the School of Drama faculty.

The music director was YSM faculty clarinetist David Shifrin. Shifrin and fellow faculty member Ani Kavafian (violin) performed alongside five students on double bass, bassoon, cornet, trombone, and percussion.

During the creation process, stage director and translator Liz Diamond said, “David Shifrin and I envision this production as a music/dance chamber theatre piece, in which the playfully rhyming poetry of the libretto, and movement and dance (from ballet to hip hop) will collide and combine, much as the lyrical and ironic modes of the music do.”

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Performers and Creative Team

The Soldier’s Tale: Music by Igor Stravinsky; Text by C.F. Ramuz
New Translation and Stage Direction by Liz Diamond*
Music Direction by David Shifrin*

Michael Cerveris ’83 BA, The Reader
Tom Pecinka ’15 MFA, The Soldier
James Cusati-Moyer ’15 MFA, The Devil
Mariko Parker ’14 MFA, The Princess

David Shifrin, clarinet*
Ani Kavafian, violin*
Mikio Sasaki ’15 MM, trumpet
Stephen Ivany ’14 MM, trombone
Michael Zuber ’14 MM, bassoon
Georgi Videnov ’15 MM, percussion
Samuel Suggs ’14 MM, bass

Michael Yeargan*, Scenic Designer
Emily Coates* ’06 BA, ’11 MM, Choreographer
Ilona Somogyi* ’94 MFA, Costume Designer
Solomon Weisbard ’13 MFA, Lighting Designer

* Yale faculty