New Opera Group at Yale to Stage Inaugural Performance

The recently established Yale Baroque Opera Project will present its first production, “Ardo, Ardo: Monteverdi in Motion,” on November 10 and 11 at 4 p.m. in Sprague Memorial Hall.

Performances are free, and the public is welcome. Reservations and tickets are not required; doors will open 30 minutes before each performance.

“Ardo, Ardo” (“I burn, I burn”—words that recur throughout the text of the libretto) is a theatrical entertainment created from a series of madrigals and other dramatic works by Claudio Monteverdi (1567–1643).

“Monteverdi was the both the last great madrigalist and the first great opera composer. Famously dubbed by one recent historian as ‘the creator of modern music,’ he was especially renowned in his own time for his powerful sense of drama and his profound understanding of human passions, both qualities that speak eloquently to audiences today,” said Ellen Rosand, the George A. Saden Professor of Music at Yale.

Conceived by Richard Lalli, musical director of the Yale Baroque Opera Project and professor of music at Yale, “Ardo, Ardo” aims to combine the theatrical impact of an opera with the lyrical flow of a dance concert. Ethan Heard, Yale College Class of 2007, directs the performance. Choreographers include Lalli, Heard and undergraduates from Yaledancers.

More than 35 costumed singers and dancers will be joined by an early music ensemble playing on strings, theorbo, lute, harp and harpsichord. Performers come from a variety of campus groups, including the Yale Schola Cantorum, directed by Simon Carrington, and the Yale Voxtet, directed by James Taylor, both supported by the Institute of Sacred Music; the Yale Collegium Players, directed by Robert Mealy; and other undergraduate singers and dancers.  

The Yale Baroque Opera Project was established this September to introduce Yale College students to the aesthetic, stylistic and performance aspects of 17th-century Italian opera. During each semester  for the nextthree years, YBOP will present a performance of music from this period featuring undergraduate musicians. For more information, contact ybop@yale.edu.

The Yale Baroque Opera Project is funded through a Distinguished Achievement Award given to Ellen Rosand, professor of musicology in the Department of Music, by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Rosand’s definitive work, “Opera in Seventeenth-Century Venice: The Creation of a Genre,” has just been released in paperback. Her newest book, “Monteverdi’s Last Operas,” will be published later this year.



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