Opera students to sing in Orchestra New England concert, led by Yale alumnus

Four members of the Yale Opera program will be featured in Orchestra New England’s (O.N.E.) performance of Stravinsky’s one-act chamber opera “Renard” on Saturday, Feb. 25. The students are tenor s Andrés Moreno Garcia, Luis Aguilar Regalado, baritone Zachary Johnson, and bass Stephen Clark.

The concert also features Yale alumnus Perry So, who will make his O.N.E. debut as guest conductor for the concert, which takes place at 7:30 p.m. at the United Church on the Green, 270 Temple St.

In addition to Renard, the program features dances from Jean-Philippe Rameau’s 1770 opera “Les Boreades,” Edgar Varese’s “Octandre,” and the world premiere of Connecticut composer Joseph Russo’s “New England Portrait.”

So’s conducting career and relationship with O.N.E. began in 2002 when So was a sophomore at Yale. He was majoring in comparative literature at the university but was interested in conducting, and was introduced to O.N.E. founder James Sinclair. So began training with Sinclair, and with the elder composer’s guidance, he founded the Saybrook College Orchestra, and undergraduate group. So eventually received his graduate degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Music, and has since conducted throughout the world and made recordings in Europe and South Africa.

So is one of a select group of guest conductors invited to lead O.N.E. during its 43 years. “He has known O.N.E. now for a dozen years and understands our very special internal relationship,” says Sinclair. “Perry is a brilliant fellow, a great musician, and an exciting and inspiring presence on the podium.”

Tickets are $35 for reserved seating and $20 for general admission. Student rush tickets will be available for $5 at the door. A reception will follow the concert, which is sponsored by WSHU. For tickets and information, visit the O.N.E. website or call 203-777-4690.