Yale Opera presents a new production of Benjamin Britten’s 
The Rape of Lucretia April 27 & 28

A scene from Yale Opera's 2011 spring production.

The Yale School of Music and Yale Opera present an all-new production of Benjamin Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia on Friday and Saturday, April 27 and 28 at 8 pm. The performances, which feature the singers of the prestigious Yale Opera program, take place in Morse Recital Hall (located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street, New Haven).

The creative team features stage director Vera Calabria, who has directed numerous productions for Yale Opera and worldwide, and Douglas Dickson, who will provide musical direction and accompaniment.

William Warfel provides original lighting design, and Paul Lieber is creating the evocative projections. Doris Yarick Cross is the artistic director of Yale Opera.

Benjamin Britten, one of the foremost English composers of the twentieth century, composed Lucretia a year after  his first big operatic success, Peter Grimes. Soon after, Britten wrote: “The time has come when England, which has never had a tradition of native opera, but has always depended on a repertory of foreign works, can create its own operas…” Over the course of his career, he went on to write a total of sixteen operas.

Britten was a pacifist, and in The Rape of Lucretia (1946, with a libretto by Ronald Duncan) he explores the consequences of violence. Though Lucretia is a chamber opera, with a cast of just eight singers, one commenter has written that “the pared-down textures produced an intensification of Britten’s operatic vision.”

Tickets to Yale Opera’s production are $10–$15, $5 for students. Click HERE to purchase tickets, or call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158. MORE

Published April 10, 2012
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Yale Opera announces two new productions for 2012

Speranza Scappucci will be the first woman to conduct a Yale Opera production

The Yale Opera program at the Yale School of Music has announced two new productions for the spring semester of 2012. February will feature Mozart’s comedy Così fan tutte at New Haven’s historic Shubert Theater. In April, Yale Opera will perform Benjamin Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia in Morse Recital Hall.

Speranza Scappucci will conduct Così fan tutte, becoming the first woman to conduct a Yale Opera production. Maestra Scappucci is on the roster of the Metropolitan Opera as an assistant conductor and is active internationally as a vocal coach and continuo harpsichordist.

The young Australian director Justin Way, praised for his “creative energy” and “clever and sympathetic” work, will provide stage direction. The production will feature the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale, the School of Music’s premier ensemble.

Così fan tutte will be sung in Italian with projected English translations. Performances take place February 10–12 at the Shubert Theater (247 College Street). The Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 pm; the Sunday performance is at 2 pm. Tickets are available at the Shubert Theater box office, online at www.shubert.com, or by phone at 203 562-5666.

Yale Opera’s new production of Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia will feature stage direction by Vera Calabria, who has worked with some of the world’s most prestigious opera houses and now also works frequently with young singers as director and dramatic coach. Douglas Dickson and Timothy Shaindlin will provide musical direction.

The Rape of Lucretia will be performed Friday and Saturday, April 27 and 28. Both performances take place at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street (corner of Wall Street), New Haven. Tickets are available through the Yale School of Music box office in Sprague Hall, 203 432-4158, or music.yale.edu.

Published November 10, 2011
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Yale Opera begins rehearsals for spring double-bill

Yale Opera begins staging rehearsals on Monday March 23 for the spring double-bill performance of Jules Massenet’s La Navarraise and William Walton’s The Bear.  Stage director Vera Calabria returns to New Haven for this production following her most recent appearance directing Yale Opera’s Fall 2008 Scenes.

Performances will be Friday April 17 and Saturday April 18 at 7:30pm in Sprague Hall.  Please check the Yale School of Music website for more information and to purchase tickets, and check back here frequently for rehearsal updates.

Published March 23, 2009
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