[ students & alumni ]

Yale Opera students and alumni perform in Warsaw in March 2016

Evanna Chiew

Evanna Chiew

Students and alumni of the Yale Opera program will perform in Warsaw, Poland on March 18 and 25, 2016 as part of the twentieth annual Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival. Each concert will offer different repertoire, with a program on March 18 program featuring one-act operas by Vaughan Williams and Holst, and the second program on March 25 featuring Krzysztof Penderecki conducting his own St. Luke Passion.

The Yale Opera singers involved in the performances are current students Evanna Chiew ’16 AD and Kathleen Reveille ’16 MM, and alumni Nicole Percifield ’15 AD, Eric Barry ’10 MM, ’11 AD, and David Pershall ’10 MM, ’11 AD. Krzysztof Penderecki is a former member of the Yale School of Music faculty.

For the Friday, March 18 concert, Evanna Chiew, Nicole Percifield, and Kathleen Reveille will each sing in a concert performance of Ralph Vaughan Williams’s one-act opera, Riders to the Sea. The performance will feature additional cast members Gary Griffiths and Anna Fijałkowska, along with the Warsaw Philharmonic Women’s Chamber Choir and the Warsaw Chamber Opera Sinfonietta conducted by Łukasz Borowicz. MORE

Published February 29, 2016
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Yale in New York presents Songs from the Koch Collection Dec. 4, 7

newyork-carnegie_thThe Yale School of Music continues its acclaimed Yale in New York series when singers of Yale Opera bring manuscripts to life in two upcoming concerts: Thursday, December 4 in New Haven and Sunday, December 7 in New York City.

The young singers will perform treasures from the Frederick R. Koch Collection housed at Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library. The program will show off the collection’s vocal holdings with art songs by Debussy, Duparc, Mahler, Schumann, Sibelius, and Wolf.

Frederick R. Koch — dubbed the “other” Koch brother by Vanity Fair — is a lifelong supporter of the arts and a graduate of the Yale School of Drama. The Koch Collection at the Beinecke contains 19th and 20th-century musical and literary manuscripts, correspondence, and other materials. Richard C. Levin, past president of Yale University, described it as “one of the greatest collections to come to Yale since the year of its founding.” MORE

Published November 21, 2014
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[ in the press ]

Three Yale divas on bill with New Haven Symphony Orchestra

Nicole Percifield, soprano

New Haven Register | By Joe Amarante

NEW HAVEN » Soprano trifecta. That could refer to three talented sopranos performing the week before Thanksgiving with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. Or to Nicole Percifield’s fall plans.

Percifield, Canadian-raised and Northeast-educated in Boston and New York, has three major singing gigs this autumn — Nov. 21 in the title role of “Suor Angelica” with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, her Carnegie Hall debut Dec. 7 with the Yale in New York series and teaming with the NHSO again just before Christmas as soprano soloist for three performances of “The Messiah.” MORE

Published November 20, 2014
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