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From the Porch – Yale Opera Welcomes Artistic Director Gerald Martin Moore

August 23, 6:00 pm

Hill-Stead is thrilled to be the chosen venue to welcome the Yale School of Music opera program’s new artistic director, Gerald Martin Moore. Known throughout the world for his pedagogical work with some of opera’s most accomplished and celebrated artists, Mr. Moore brings to Yale his passion for teaching voice and preparing those young singers who will soon be introduced to audiences worldwide. Selected Yale Opera students will perform for this special welcome and celebration. Jill Brunelle, a repertoire pianist, who collaborates on all facets of Yale’s spectacular performing arts programs will accompany them on piano. Ms. Brunelle has performed internationally at numerous festivals as well as at Carnegie Hall and Jordan Hall. Join us for a memorable evening!


6 pm        Gates open
6:30 pm   Performance begins

Bring a blanket, chairs, and a picnic. Order beverages online through The Wise Old Dog using this link or bring your own.


In-person tickets  |  $30 per person
Tickets must be purchased in advance. No tickets will be sold at the gate. 

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Gerald Martin Moore is an internationally renowned singing teacher and a vocal consultant. He has worked closely with Renée Fleming for many years since first collaborating on the production of Alcina with William Christie at the Palais Garnier in Paris. He then went on to work with Ms. Fleming on many subsequent roles, Decca recordings and recitals. Other leading artists he has prepared for roles and recordings include Natalie Dessay, Marie McLaughlin, Sabine Devielhe, Erin Morley, Elīna Garanča, and Sarah Connolly. He has worked in such houses as Covent Garden, La Scala, the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco, Opera de Bastille, Champs-Elysees and Chatelet in Paris as well as the Aix-en-Provence, Edinburgh and Glyndebourne Festivals. Since moving to NYC in 2008 he has been on the teaching faculty of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann program and is also on the adjunct faculty at Curtis Institute of Music. He regularly gives masterclasses at Glyndebourne, Merola, Washington National Opera, COC in Toronto, Atelier Lyrique Montreal, LA Opera, And the Ryan Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago. An authority on vocal technique, Mr. Moore is a frequent guest on multiple radio programs and was honored with an hour-long special interview on BBC Radio 3’s Voices, focused particularly on American singers and child stars. For OPERA magazine, he interviewed Beverly Sills on the technique of coloratura singing. Mr. Moore may currently be heard as a regular host of the Metropolitan Opera Quiz, and is also in demand as a judge for prestigious vocal competitions, including the Metropolitan Opera regional auditions. In addition to teaching voice, Mr. Moore has assisted William Christie and Les Arts Florissants in preparing the soloists for productions and recordings including Handel’s Orlando, Semele, and Alcina, and Mozart’s Die Zauberflote, Le Nozze di Figaro, and Die Entführung. He similarly assisted Sir Charles Mackerras at the Edinburgh Festival for Mozart’s Idomeneo and La Clemenza di Tito, Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda, together with Rossini’s Zelmira, Adelaide di Borgogna and La Donna del Lago conducted by Maurizio Benini. As a specialist in ornamentation, Mr. Moore has composed countless embellishments for leading singers, notably in his role as vocal consultant to Opera Rara and Decca. An additional area of Mr. Moore’s expertise is the neglected French repertoire of Delibes, Thomas, Gounod, Meyerbeer, and Massenet. Mr. Moore is featured as a vocalist with soprano Rebecca Caine in a cabaret evening they created and recorded as an album, celebrating legendary stars of the British musical stage, entitled Leading Ladies. He is a frequent recitalist, most notably with Renée Fleming. He has performed before such dignitaries as President Obama and the First Lady, President Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, HRH Prince Charles, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Gerald was recently featured accompanying Renee Fleming in the soundtrack for the movie Bel Canto and also coached Julianne Moore who plays the role of Roxanne.

Jill Brunelle is a repertoire pianist at Yale University, working with Yale Opera, Yale School of Drama, the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, and Yale College. Her recent music directing credits include The Fantasticks at Ivoryton Playhouse, and The Addams Family and Violet at Southern Connecticut State University. At Yale School of Drama Ms. Brunelle directed Steven Sondheim’s Passion, The Apple Tree, Trouble in Tahiti, and The Medium. As Yale Opera Chorus Master she has prepared ensembles for Eugene Onegin, Hänsel und Gretel, Die Zauberflöte, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Le Nozze Di Figaro and La Bohème. Ms. Brunelle recently celebrated five years as Music Director at the renowned Foote School Summer Theater. Her 2019-2020 season includes Fun Home at the Yale School of Drama, Ragtime at Ivoryton Playhouse, and the world premiere of the new opera Salt. Ms. Brunelle has served as faculty/staff at Boston University, New England Conservatory, Tufts University, Hartt School of Music,

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From the Porch, Hill-Stead’s new multicultural performing arts series is a diverse and dynamic showcase featuring music, dance, theater, and more. Building on the success of Hill-Stead’s indoor events and nationally acclaimed Sunken Garden Poetry Festival, the inclusive summer programming will take place on our 152-acre campus. The experiential events will happen several nights per week and be open to audiences of all ages.

Hill-Stead will kick off the inaugural series with a venerable celebration of the Year of the Woman to coincide with the centennial of women’s suffrage. Our signature events will amplify women’s crucial role in history.

Our grateful thanks to the following sponsors who are helping to make the From the Porch series possible



The Richard P. Garmany Fund at The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving



Farmington Valley Arts Center

Harvey & Lewis Opticians

Kemper Associates Architects

Thomaston Savings Bank

Updike Kelly & Spellacy


Farmington Family Dentistry

Jan-Gee McCollam

Northeast Surety, LLC


Shredneck LLC

Please consider joining us as a sponsor of this series and be a part of this shared endeavor to bring the arts to the community. You will provide a much-needed boost to Connecticut’s incomparable cultural organizations and art providers. Every sponsor will be recognized all season long on Hill-Stead’s web and email promotion and onsite signage. See the Sponsorship Registration Form for more information.

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