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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Rising stars of Yale Opera offer two evenings of opera scenes in Sprague Hall October 29 and 30

Scene from Yale Opera's production of Le Rossignol last April in Sprague Hall.

The Yale School of Music will present the up-and-coming singers of Yale Opera in two evenings of selected opera scenes. The annual Fall Opera Scenes production is an audience favorite, bringing together the creative talents of artistic director Doris Yarick Cross and stage director Marc Verzatt. In addition, this October’s production will feature the work of costume designer John Carver Sullivan, lighting designer William Warfel, and musical directors Douglas Dickson and Timothy Shaindlin.

Each evening offers a different program, though both lean toward the tragic more than the comic. Friday, October 29 will feature scenes from Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Verdi’s La traviata and Falstaff, and Carlisle Floyd’s Of Mice and Men. Scenes on Saturday, October 30 are selected from Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito, Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Donizetti’s Anna Bolena, and Gounod’s Faust. The performances begin at 7:30 in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall, 470 College Street (corner of Wall Street) in New Haven.

The singers, all students in the renowned Yale Opera program, include Jorge Prego, Eric Barry, Andrew Brown, Jennifer Feinstein, Stephanie Gilbert, Alexander Hahn, Jihee Kim, Samuel Levine, Cameron McPhail, Lorant Najbauer, David Pershall, Annie Rosen, and Lisa Williamson. MORE

Published October 5, 2010
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Yale Opera presents a new production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute


Tamino with the Magic Flute and the Three Ladies

Follow the sound of Tamino’s magic flute into Mozart’s bewitching fairytale opera, where good triumphs over evil, darkness gives way to light, and love conquers all.

The Yale School of Music presents Yale Opera’s new production of Mozart’s classic Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) at the Shubert Theater, 247 College Street, Friday, February 13 and Saturday, February 14 at 8:00 pm and Sunday, February 15 at 2:00 pm. The creative team that created this exciting Magic Flute includes stage director Marc Verzatt and other members of the artistic staff of Yale Opera, Italian conductor Federico Cortese, lighting designer William Warfel, costume designer Thierry Bosquet (principal and men’s chorus costumes originally created for New York City Opera), and set designer Mikiko Suzuki MacAdams. The original set was built by students from the Yale School of Drama. Performers include an international cast of singers from Yale Opera, a chorus drawn from the New Haven and Yale communities, and the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale. Doris Yarick Cross is the artistic director of Yale Opera.

The Magic Flute, Mozart’s last opera, is one of the most widely-performed and best-loved works in the repertory, with both comical whimsy and profound symbolism in abundance. It is actually a Singspiel, or “song-play,” with music and spoken dialogue. For this production, the spoken dialogue is in English, and director Marc Verzatt and Yale voice professor Richard Cross have collaborated on a new and often hilarious translation. The music will be sung in German with projected English translations.

The alternating casts feature the talented young singers of Yale Opera, including sopranos Mireille Asselin, Amanda Hall, Adelaide Muir, and Samantha Lane Talmadge; mezzo-sopranos Gala El Hadidi, Ana Sinicki, Emily Righter, Chrystal Williams; tenors Eric Barry, Tadeusz Szlenkier, and Michael-Paul Krubitzer; baritones David Pershall and Vince Vincent; and basses Jeremy Bowes, Damien Pass, and Tyler Simpson. Soprano Stephanie Gregory, an alumna of the Yale School of Music, will join the cast as a guest artist. The three spirits will be sung (also in alternating casts) by Yale College students Lucy Fitz Gibbon, Emily Misch, Eliza Bagg, Chloe Zale, Elizabeth Picker, and Marianne Schuck.

Tickets are $19-$41, $13 for students with ID, at the Shubert box office, 203.562.5666 or 888.736.2663, or at www.shubert.com. Senior and group discounts are available. For further information, please visit the School of Music web site at  music.yale.edu, or call 203.432.4158.

Published February 12, 2009
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