The Soldier's Tale

Fresh, funny and aptly ominous... the staging was so imaginative that this familiar work seemed newly powerful.
— Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times
A triumph.... The only thing wrong with Yale In New York’s staging of The Soldier’s Tale is that the performance seen in Zankel Hall Sunday night might be the last. This production is so smart, so dramatically and musically accomplished, and so true to the intent of Stravinsky and librettist C.F. Ramuz, that its biting tragedy is made more piquant by the thought that no one else might be able to witness it.
— George Grella, New York Classical Review

A co-production with Yale School of Drama and Yale School of Music. Sprague Hall and Carnegie Hall 2014

Music by Igor Stravinsky
Text by C.F. Ramuz
New translation and stage direction by Liz Diamond
Music direction by David Shifrin
Emily Coates, Choreographer

Michael Yeargan, Scenic Designer
Ilona Somogyi, Costume Designer
Solomon Weisbard, Lighting Designer

An enchanting new production... showed how accessible and amusing Stravinsky’s music could be
— Jon Sobel, Classicalite

Michael Cerveris,  The Reader
Tom Pecinka,  The Soldier
James Cusati-Moyer,  The Devil
Mariko Parker, The Princess

David Shifrin, clarinet*
Ani Kavafian, violin*
Mikio Sasaki,  trumpet
Stephen Ivany, trombone
Michael Zuber, bassoon
Georgi Videnov, percussion
Samuel Suggs, bass

Photos by Christopher Ash