Yale Opera presents “Così fan tutte” at Shubert Theater for 3 shows


Chas Rader-Shieber. Photo by Bridget Elliot

New Haven Register | By Joe Amarante

If you’re not taking advantage of the best entertainment options Yale University has to offer, it’s on you. Yale Opera, for example, does a sterling job, and the next opportunity to see a polished production comes Feb. 17-19 at the Shubert Theatre.

Così fan tutte offers not only Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s impeccable music (the overture should be very familiar) but also comedy and, as classicfm.com puts it, “a satirical tale of love that takes a cynical swipe at men and women.”

Chas Rader-Shieber, the veteran opera stage director handling the two-act production for the first time since the mid-2000s, said while he’s done unconventional things with certain operas before, there’s no reason to mess with this one.


Published February 13, 2017
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Yale Opera performs The Marriage of Figaro at the Shubert Theater Feb. 13–15

figaro2The 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.” MORE

Published January 16, 2015
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Brentano String Quartet begins Yale residency with Sep. 23 concert

brentano_vThe Yale School of Music presents the Brentano String Quartet on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 7:30 pm. The acclaimed ensemble will play music by Schubert, Bartók, and Mozart.

The concert opens with Mozart‘s String Quartet in B-flat major, K. 458, nicknamed “The Hunt” for the propulsion and harmony of the first movement. Bartók‘s fascinating String Quartet No. 3 follows, with what one writer has called a “kaleidoscope of coloristic effects.”

Schubert‘s String Quartet in D minor, D. 810, “Death and the Maiden,” a perennial audience favorite, concludes the evening. Schubert, suffering through illness, wrote his “Death and the Maiden” quartet with the full knowledge that he would soon die. MORE

Published September 19, 2014
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Artis Quartet plays Mozart, Zemlinsky, and Brahms Feb. 18

Artis Quartet

The Yale School of Music presents the acclaimed Artis Quartet in a concert of music by Mozart, Zemlinsky, and Brahms on Tuesday, February 18 at 8 pm, in Morse Recital Hall. The newspaper Kurier has praised the quartet’s performances as “top class.”

The Vienna-based quartet is comprised of Peter Schuhmayer, violin; Johannes Meissl, violin; Herbert Kefer, viola; and Othmar Müller, cello. They have performed at the most prestigious concert halls in Europe, including the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Théatre des Champs-Elysées (Paris), and Santa Cecilia (Rome). MORE

Published January 31, 2014
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Yale Choral Artists, Yale Philharmonia perform Mozart’s Mass in C minor Feb. 8

Yale Choral Artists

Yale Choral Artists

The Yale School of Music presents a performance of Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 8 pm. Jeffrey Douma will conduct the combined forces of the Yale Choral Artists, Yale Philharmonia, and Yale Baroque Ensemble.

The concert takes place in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). The performance will also stream live online. LIVE STREAM 

Mozart left portions of his Mass in C minor incomplete; this performance will feature the version of the work completed by Harvard scholar Robert Levin. This edition uses Mozart’s own sketches and related music, preserving the composer’s spirit. Levin, whose completion of the Mozart Requiem has become the preferred performing version today, completed the Mass in C minor for Mozart’s 250th birthday in 2006. MORE

Published January 15, 2014
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Free Lunchtime Chamber Music concert Nov. 6

chamber_music3New Haven, CT | The Yale School of Music will present a Lunchtime Chamber Music concert on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 12:30 pm at Morse Recital Hall (470 College St, New Haven).

This free event features a colorful variety of ensembles composed of graduate musicians who have come from around the world to study at the Yale School of Music. Violinist Wendy Sharp is director of the chamber music program.

The concert will begin with movements two and three of Beethoven’s Violin Sonata Op. 12 No. 1 on period instruments. Next will follow Ravel’s Introduction et Allegro, for harp with flute, clarinet and string quartet; then Mozart’s Violin Sonata K.526, movement 1.

The second half of the concert will begin with Brahms’ Clarinet Sonata in F minor, movements 1 and 2; followed by Poulenc’s Sextet for wind quintet and piano, and  Mozart’s Violin Sonata in A Major, K. 526: Molto Allegro (6’).

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. MORE

Published November 4, 2013
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Delaware Symphony Orchestra offers channels old, new in ‘Classic Masters’


Delaware Online
By Thomas Leitch

The Delaware Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Music Director David Amado, offered its followers a piquant mixture of old and new Friday evening in a program entitled “Classic Masters.”

DSO concertmaster David Southorn jumped on Mozart’s fifth and last violin concerto with all the fresh enthusiasm of a kid in a candy store. His sweet, clear tone beautifully suited Mozart’s generally high solo line in the opening Allegro aperto, and the second and third movements allowed him to show more of his lower register. The principal novelty here were Southorn’s brief, witty embellishments to the score and the original cadenzas he supplied for the first and third movements. In general, however, he was content to let Mozart speak for himself.


Published October 26, 2013
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Pianist Robert Blocker performs Brahms and more Oct. 23

Robert Blocker, piano

The Horowitz Piano Series at the Yale School of Music presents a recital by the pianist and Dean of the Yale School of Music Robert Blocker on Wednesday, October 23. Blocker, a renowned pianist and a leading arts administrator, will perform music by Mozart, Schubert, and Brahms.  MORE

Published October 2, 2013
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Violinist Wendy Sharp performs recital with pianist Joel Wizansky Oct. 20


The Yale School of Music presents a recital by violinist Wendy Sharp with pianist Joel Wizansky on Sunday, October 20th at 4 pm. The event is part of the Faculty Artist Series, which features the School’s prestigious faculty in concerts that are free and open to the public. The concert takes place in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street.

Wendy Sharp, the winner of numerous competitions, is the coordinator of chamber music at YSM. Joel Wizansky has been praised by the Washington Post for his “emotional and rich performance, sparkling runs, beautiful phrasing, and dramatic interpretation.” MORE

Published September 25, 2013
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The Dark Side of Ryo: Mozart’s D Minor Concerto


ryo_yanagitani_3This weekend wraps up the third annual Mozart Festival Texas. A solo recital takes place Friday night with Rick Rowley. Saturday an orchestral concert rounds out the festival with two masterpieces: the ‘Jupiter’ Symphony and the Piano Concerto No. 20.Terry Frazor will conduct and feature piano soloist Ryo Yanagitani, a former Gold Medalist with the San Antonio International Piano Competition.

The d minor concerto is special in Mozart’s catalogue. It is the first of only two minor key concerti that Mozart wrote (out of 27!). Mozart’s dad, Leopold wrote to Mozart’s sister after hearing the work, “I heard an excellent new piano concerto by Wolfgang, on which the copyist was still at work when we got there, and your brother didn’t even have time to play through the rondo because he had to oversee the copying operation.” MORE

Published July 31, 2013
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