Performance of The Scarf will memorialize composer Lee Hoiby, recently deceased at age 85
The Yale School of Music and Yale Opera present two evenings of short operas by Henry Purcell and Lee Hoiby on Friday and Saturday, April 29 and 30 at 8 pm. The performances, which will feature the singers of the prestigious Yale Opera program, will take place in Morse Recital Hall (located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street, New Haven).
Yale Opera, April 2010
The creative team features stage director Mark Streshinsky, the artistic director of Berkeley Opera who is acclaimed for his “seamless and imaginative staging” (Cincinnati Enquirer). William Warfel provides original lighting design, and Jeremy Knight has designed the evocative projections.
Each evening opens with Dido and Aeneas, an important opera of the baroque era by Henry Purcell. The opera tells the story of Dido’s abanondment by her beloved Aeneas, and Dido’s heartbreaking lament, “When I am laid in earth,” has become the opera’s most enduring legacy. The Yale Baroque Ensemble, directed by Robert Mealy, will accompany the opera.
Lee Hoiby’s first opera, The Scarf, became an instant hit upon its premiere in 1957. Hoiby died on March 28 at the age of 85. This performance will memorialize an American composer best known for his vocal works, from short songs to operas. Though Hoiby’s lush tonality and lyricism set him apart from composers writing in more dissonant idioms, his music was championed by such figures as Gian Carlo Menotti and Leontyne Price.
Timothy Shaindlin and Douglas Dickson will provide musical direction for Dido and Aeneas and The Scarf, respectively, and Dickson will provide piano accompaniment for The Scarf. Doris Yarick Cross is the artistic director of Yale Opera.