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Andy Berry ’16MM wins prize from Dell’Arte Opera

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Andy Berry, left, as Figaro with Opera Theater of Yale College

Andy Berry ’14BS, ’16MM was selected for the top award in the Osgood/dell’Arte Opera Ensemble Participation Prizes.

The announcement noted, “Mr. Berry has been the incarnation of reliability in every way, from bedrock-solid musicality and preparation to his ever-ready supply of physical wit and inventiveness. He never failed to deliver and indeed to surprise in rehearsal as each of his featured roles was addressed for the first time. His sensual bass anchored every ensemble in TWO operas in both rehearsal and performance”

The announcement concluded: “It is astounding every day to realize anew that this singer is only 22 years old; he works and delivers like a completely seasoned professional. It is thrilling to contemplate the career that lies ahead of him.”

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Published September 9, 2014
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Yale acquires Petryn Collection, including Amati & Guarneri violins

Nicolò Amati, Cremona, 1679

The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments has acquired the Andrew F. Petryn Collection of String Instruments and Bows, director William Purvis is pleased to announce. The collection of more than twenty objects was received in bequest following Mr. Petryn’s death in October 2013. Highlights include violins by Italian masters Nicolò Amati and Andrea Guarneri, and three bows by the pre-eminent French archetier François Tourte.

The Guarneri and Amati violins are magnificent examples of the work of two great representatives of the famed Cremonese school of string instrument making. They are in an especially fine state of preservation, and their provenances are well documented over the many generations that have ensued since they left the hands of their makers over four centuries ago.

In addition, the collection also comprises two violins of German make and twelve more bows by important archetiers, among them Jean Adam, Jacques LaFleur, François Nicolas Voirin, James Dodd, and Albert Nürnberger.

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Published September 9, 2014
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