Saturday, January 18, 2014

Opera, Hoops, a Phi Beta Kappa Key

Claudia Rosenthal '08, '14MM (top left) will perform in Yale Opera's production of La Boheme next month.  In the past month, Matt Townsend '15 (top right) was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and re-inserted into Yale basketball's starting line-up. (YWAA photo, Yale Opera photo, photo, Yale Basketball photo)

Yale School of Music student Claudia Rosenthal '08, '14MM will sing a part in the upcoming performance by Yale Opera, Puccini's La Boheme, Feb. 14-16 at the Shubert Theater in New Haven.

Edgemont's Rosenthal majored in music and art history as a Yale undergraduate.  She expects to earn a master's degree at the music school this year. At the inauguration festivities for new president Peter Salovey '86 Ph.d. last October, Rosenthal was a featured performer at the Saturday-evening Woolsey Hall concert to celebrate Yale music. She performed last year at the Shubert in Yale Opera's production of  I Capuleti e i Monteechi.

The Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale will accompany the performers.  Michael Gieleta will direct the production.  Opera fans and supporters of Yale music can purchase tickets by clicking LA-BOHEME.

To learn more about and hear Rosenthal describe her experiences at Yale Opera, click YALE-OPERA.

The Yale Daily News reported that Chappaqua's Matt Townsend '15, a 6-7 junior forward on the Yale basketball team, reached two milestones in the past month.  First, after the holidays, he finally earned a starting spot on the basketball team this season.  Second, he was invited to join the Yale chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. One of eight Yale students, all juniors, he was inducted and received his PBK key in a ceremony at Battell Chapel last month. 

Townsend, planning to attend medical school, is majoring in molecular, cellular and developmental biology. He was a standout player at Horace Greeley during his high-school days in Westchester.

Townsend, averaging 8 points and 4 rebounds a game as a recent starter, had 3 rebounds in Yale's 74-67 Ivy League win over Brown Jan. 18.  He proved he wasn't all basketball and all science all the time when he won an English composition prize as a Yale freshman.


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