Russian Liederabend to showcase Yale Opera singers

On Wednesday, Dec. 5, Yale Opera will present a Russian Liederabend (“evening of songs”) featuring a wide array of Russian vocal music, from solo songs and arias to ensemble pieces. The program will include works by such composers as Tchaikovsky, Borodin, Glinka, Shebalin, Pakhmutova, and Rachmaninoff.

With Yale Opera’s production of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin slated for two performances in February, Russian was a natural choice for the language of this year’s Liederabend. Integral to both projects is Emily Olin, Lecturer in Voice and Opera at the School of Music, who organized the Liederabend and will perform as the evening’s collaborative pianist. Olin put together the concert program with current Yale Opera singers in mind, tailoring musical selections to students’ individual voices.

In addition to her musical guidance, Olin has taught weekly Russian language classes and diction coachings throughout the semester. Soprano Laura Nielsen ’20MM described Olin as “an incredible resource” for the singers in the opera program. “In addition to her warm and loving personality,” Nielsen said, “she has a wonderful way of communicating subtle differences in pronunciation and helping us non-native speakers improve our Russian.”

Singing in Russian presents challenges for many singers. For Nielsen, one of the most difficult aspects of learning Russian music has been becoming proficient in reading Cyrillic. “I have only just started to be able to absorb this new alphabet and the new sounds that it includes,” Nielsen said. “I have to do so much extra work in reading that it makes learning a piece much more challenging than learning a piece in English, Italian, or French.” In many undergraduate vocal programs, it is not unusual for students to focus on Italian, French, and German repertoire, and to skip Russian works entirely. “I am so grateful to have been exposed to so much more Russian music this year,” Nielsen said.

In addition to showing off their newly enhanced Russian language skills, Yale Opera singers look forward to sharing rarely heard repertoire. “I am singing a wonderful aria from a Russian adaptation of The Taming of the Shrew by Vissarion Shebalin, written in 1957,” Nielsen said. She hopes people will come to broaden their musical horizons and to hear “the best of what each of the singers has to offer.”

Yale Opera’s Russian Liederabend, on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 7:30 p.m., in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Memorial Hall, is free and open to the public.

Published November 29, 2018
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Doris Yarick-Cross and Richard Cross to retire at year’s end

Richard Cross and Doris Yarick-Cross

For decades, the Yale School of Music’s voice and opera programs have developed remarkable artists who have graced the stages of the world’s most prestigious venues and performed with celebrated opera companies and instrumental ensembles. Doris Yarick-Cross and Richard Cross, who have served on the School’s faculty since 1983 and 1995, respectively, have been an important part of those achievements. Today, we offer our gratitude to Doris and Richard, who, together, plan to retire at the end of the current academic year. Doris and Richard will teach currently enrolled students through the completion of their degree programs.

“In her initial contract, Doris was given the responsibility of establishing a professional opera program in the School of Music,” YSM Dean Robert Blocker said. “With her vision and leadership, Yale Opera has become an internationally renowned program where singers come to launch their careers as vocal artists.” Richard’s “inimitable teaching style and gift for languages has given generations of Yale Opera students unparalleled lyrical training,” Blocker said. “In partnership with Doris and our other stellar voice faculty and staff, Richard has played an essential role in shaping the lives of hundreds of ascendant singers.” MORE

Published October 16, 2018
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Yale Opera presents Liederabend: An Evening of Russian Songs Dec. 6

sprague-ext-nightYale Opera will present Liederabend: An Evening of Russian Song on Saturday, December 6 at 7:30 pm. Singers in the School of Music’s opera program will perform with pianist Emily Olin, who also prepared the students in Russian language and repertoire. Richard Cross will be the narrator of the evening.

The first half of the concert consists of Russian art songs, including selections by Rachmaninoff, Glinka, and Tchaikovsky, among others.

The second half is comprised of arias and duets from well-known Russian operas, such as excerpts from Mussorgsky’s Khovanshchina, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Sadko, and Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. MORE

Published December 3, 2014
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Yale Opera presents an evening of Russian song Dec. 4

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Yale Opera and the Yale School of Music present Liederabend, the German word for “evening of song,” on Tuesday, December 4 at 8 pm.

The concert will feature the singers of Yale Opera in a selection of Russian folk tunes and art songs by composers from Rimsky-Korsakov and Borodin to Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, and Kabalevsky. Also on the program are selections by lesser-known composers such as Shebalin and Tariverdiev.

The concert, which is free and open to the public, takes place in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven).

The Yale Opera program is led by artistic director Doris Yarick-Cross. Faculty pianist Emily Olin is coaching the singers in the repertoire and Russian language, and will accompany the singers on this program.

For more information, visit the Yale School of Music website or call the concert office at 203 432-4158.

Published December 3, 2012
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Yale Opera performs German art song Dec. 12

Liederabend features music of Schubert, Mahler, and more

The Yale School of Music will present Liederabend: An Evening of German Art Song on Monday, December 12, 2011.

The concert will feature the singers of Yale Opera in a selection of German Romantic lieder. The event takes place at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College St., New Haven).

On the program are German art songs by Schubert, Schumann, and Brahms, as well as Hugo Wolf, Carl Loewe, and Richard Strauss. The concert will also include music of Gustav Mahler, who is best known for his symphonies but also wrote numerous songs, and by his wife Alma Mahler.

Pianists Timothy Shaindlin and Kyle Swann will accompany the singers. Doris Yarick Cross is the artistic director of Yale Opera. The next Liederabend performance will take place on Thursday, March 22, 2012.

The concert is free and open to the public; no tickets are required. For more information, call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158 or visit music.yale.edu.

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Published November 23, 2011
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Springtime in Italy: Singers from Yale Opera perform Italian art songs May 2

The Yale School of Music presents the rising stars of Yale Opera in an evening of Italian art songs on Monday, May 2, 2011 at 8 pm in Sprague Hall (470 College Street at the corner of Wall Street, New Haven).

This Liederabend (the German word for “evening of song”) will feature works in Italian ranging from the baroque to the twentieth century. The program will include music by Claudio Monteverdi, one of the first composers of opera, as well as the nineteenth-centruy composer Gaetano Donizetti and two figures that carried opera into the twentieth century: Giuseppe Verdi and Pietro Mascagni. All these composers are best known for their vocal writing, though their solo works are less frequently performed than their operas.

All the singers are students in the prestigious Yale Opera program, led by artistic director Doris Yarick Cross. Pianist Douglas Dickson is coaching the singers in the repertoire and will perform on the program.

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Published April 7, 2011
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Rising stars of Yale Opera present an evening of Russian song

December 13 concert at Sprague Hall features an all-Tchaikovsky first half

Yale Opera and the Yale School of Music present Liederabend, the German word for “evening of song,” on Monday, December 13 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). The concert will focus on the art song of Russia, beginning with Tchaikovsky and then moving into the twentieth century.

The first, all-Tchaikovsky half of the concert features songs to texts by Alexei Tolstoy, Lev Mey, the composer’s younger brother Modest Tchaikovsky, and other writers. The second half of the concert will feature songs by Prokofiev and Shostakovich as well as highlighting the contributions of lesser-known composers such as Mikael Tariverdiev, Nariman Sabitov, Georgy Sviridov, and several more.

All the singers are students in the Yale Opera program at the Yale School of Music, led by artistic director Doris Yarick Cross. Pianist Emily Olin is coaching the singers in the repertoire and Russian language, and will perform with the singers on this program. MORE

Published November 17, 2010
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Yale Opera’s Liederabend offers evening of German song

Rising opera stars turn to art songs by Brahms, Mahler, Mendelssohn, J. Marx, Schubert, Schumann, R. Strauss, and Wolff

Sprague_interiorThis December, Yale Opera will continue its tradition of Liederabend, evenings of art songs focusing on a single country or language. The rising stars of Yale Opera, along with pianist Kyle Swann, will take the audience on a tour of German-language song. The program will feature music by several Romantic composers: Brahms, Mahler, Mendelssohn, J. Marx, Schubert, Schumann, R. Strauss, and Wolff. The Liederabend (German for “evening of song”) will take place on Monday, December 14 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Memorial Hall. Admission is free. Doris Yarick-Cross is the artistic director of Yale Opera. MORE

Published November 30, 2009
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An evening of Italian songs by Yale Opera

Morse Recital Hall

The Yale School of Music presents a spring Liederabend on Monday, April 27, at 8:00 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College St, New Haven). Students of Yale Opera will offer an evening of the finest Italian songs from across three centuries, including selections by Verdi, Puccini, Rossini, Mascagni, Pizzetti, and many others. Timothy Shaindlin is the musical director and accompanist of this concert. Doris Yarick-Cross is the artistic director of Yale Opera. MORE

Published April 14, 2009
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