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Yale Opera performs The Marriage of Figaro at the Shubert Theater Feb. 13–15
The Yale Opera program at the Yale School of Music presents Mozart‘s timeless romantic comedy The Marriage of Figaro this February 13–15 at the Shubert Theater.
Ted Huffman is the stage director of this original production, and Dominique Trottein will conduct the Yale Philharmonia.
Many opera-lovers would name The Marriage of Figaro as their favorite opera. It appeals to those who love great melodies while remaining accessible through its engaging plot and memorable characters. The composer Johannes Brahms said: “In my opinion, each number in Figaro is a miracle; it is totally beyond me how anyone could create anything so perfect.”
This production brings back several artists that have previously collaborated with Yale Opera. Ted Huffman directed Yale Opera’s production of Rossini’s La Cenerentola last spring, and Trottein conducted Così fan tutte at Yale in 2006. Costume designer Rebecca Welles previously designed costumes for La Cenerentola in 2014 and Iolanta in 2013. Set designer Marsha Ginsberg makes her Yale Opera debut with this production.
The Marriage of Figaro will be performed at the historic Shubert Theater, now celebrating its 100th anniversary season, located at 247 College Street, New Haven. The opera will be sung in Italian with projected English translations.
Performances take place Friday and Saturday, February 13–14, at 8:00 pm; and Sunday, February 15 at 2:00 pm.
About the Artists
Each season of Yale Opera offers a variety of programs. A highlight is the fully staged production at New Haven’s Shubert Theater, complete with costumes, sets, and orchestra; recent productions include I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Così fan Tutte, Le Nozze di Figaro, Die Zauberflöte, and La bohème. Yale Opera also undertakes fully-staged productions with piano or chamber accompaniment in Morse Recital Hall. In recent years, these productions have included Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta, Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Hoiby’s The Scarf, and Stravinsky’s Le Rossignol. LEARN MORE
Stage director Ted Huffman graduated from Yale University and apprenticed at San Francisco’s Merola Opera Program. He has since created original productions for many of the world’s leading opera houses and festivals, including the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Festival Aix-en-Provence, La Monnaie, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Canadian Opera Company, and Aldeburgh Festival. During the 2014–15 season, Ted directs Svadba with Zack Winokur for Festival Aix-en-Provence, Macbeth (world premiere) for Glyndebourne, Eugene Onegin for Theater an der Wien in the Kammeroper, and La cambiale di matrimonio for the Philharmonia Baroque in collaboration with San Francisco Opera’s Adler Fellows. FULL BIO
After studying in Lille, Tourcoing and Paris, Dominique Trottein was hired as coach by the Opéra de Nantes, and then to conduct the chorus at the Opéra de Nancy. Afterwards, he devoted himself to orchestra conducting, and is regularly invited at the Opéra de Tours (Candide, Titus), in Saint Etienne (The Magic Flute), Metz (Le Carnaval de Londres), Nantes (La Dame de Pique and Don Carlo) and the Festival of Saint-Céré (Tosca, Manon, Le Barbier de Séville, Falstaff). He also had the opportunity to conduct Carmen (Théâtre Mogador – Paris). FULL BIO