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New Haven Register: Yale Opera’s ‘La Boheme’ opens at the Shubert in New Haven

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By Joe Amarante

Crowd-pleasing opera “La Bohème,” about young, starving artists in love, arrives at the Shubert Theater on Valentine’s Day for a weekend run, presented by Yale School of Music and Yale Opera. Just don’t expect a Hallmark card confection.

Oxford-trained director Michael Gielata said that with other, older opera troupes, you can end up with an “exquisite singer in their 40s or 50s (often well-fed) playing an 18-year-old.” He’s also not fond of “whipped-cream, cardboard box, chocolate cake ‘Bohèmes.’ That’s not what poverty looks like. That’s not what the gutters of Paris of that time looked like.” MORE

Published February 17, 2014
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Yale Opera presents La Bohème February 14–16

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.

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Published January 16, 2014
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