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Jessye Norman Master Class Series Announced


The SMTD Department of Voice has announced the 2014 Jessye Norman Master Class Series, featuring acclaimed operatic artists. All events are free and open to the public.

Monday, February 10, 2014, 7:00-10:00 p.m., Britton Recital Hall, E. V. Moore Building.

David Aronson/Sylvia Greenberg Dual Master Class

David Aronson, coach/conductor, and his wife Sylvia Greenberg, soprano, will present a master class on operatic and song literature. Aronson, a native of New York, has conducted at the Vienna State Opera, was Kapellmeister at Lucerne and at Salzburg as assistant to Herbert von Karajan.  A renowned opera coach, Aronson has worked with many of the world's leading singers, including Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, Bryn Terfel, Renee Fleming, Elina Garanca, and Anna Netrebko.

Israeli soprano Sylvia Greenberg made her vocal debut in a concert with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under Zubin Mehta. During her years as a member of the Zurich Opera House and of the Deutsche Oper Berlin she sang many coloratura roles, such as Zerbinetta, Blonde, Oscar and Sophie. However, Mozart's Queen of the Night became the artist's hallmark at virtually all of the major European opera houses. Guest engagements have led her to the festivals in Salzburg, Bayreuth and Aix en Provence as well to the Teatro alla Scala in Milan where she sang the title role in Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor. She appeared in world premieres of operas by Manzoni and Berio in Milan and in Salzburg.


Friday, February 21, 7:00 p.m., Orchestral Rehearsal Room, E. V. Moore Building. 

Mark S. Doss will present a master class and special presentation on "Role Study in the Opera World." Mark Steven Doss is a Grammy Award-winning African-American bass-baritone, specializing in opera, concert, and recital. He has performed major roles with many international opera companies, including Milan's La Scala, Vienna State Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, Brussels' La Monnaie, Canadian Opera Company, and Oper Frankfurt. He divides his time between Toronto, Ontario and Erie, Pennsylvania.


Friday, March 14, 2014, 3:30-7:00 p.m. in Stamps Auditorium, Walgreen Drama Center.

Thomas Hampson, world renowned baritone and exponent of American music will present a master class focusing on American art song, and will engage in a question and answer period with students and audience members. 

An American lyric baritone, Hampson is a pre-eminent classical singer who has appeared world-wide in major opera houses and concert halls and made over 170 musical recordings.

Hampson's operatic repertoire spans a range of more than 80 roles, including the title roles in Mozart's Don Giovanni, Rossini's Guillaume Tell, Ambroise Thomas' Hamlet, and Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin; Figaro in Rossini's Barber of Seville. The center of his Verdi repertoire remains Posa in Don Carlo, Germont in La Traviata, the title roles in Macbeth and Simon Boccanegra, and more recently also Amfortas in Wagner's Parsifal and Scarpia in Puccini's Tosca.

As a recitalist Hampson has won worldwide recognition for his thoughtfully researched and creatively constructed programs that explore the rich repertoire of song in a wide range of styles, languages, and periods. He is one of the most important interpreters of German Romantic song, especially known for his interpretations of the music of Gustav Mahler, and, with his "Song of America" project collaboration with the Library of Congress has become known as the "ambassador of American song."

Hampson's diverse and expansive discography has earned him an Edison Award for Lifetime Achievement, four Edison Awards, four Echo prizes, numerous VEB Deutsche Schallplatten, Gramophone Awards, and Grand Prix du Disque, as well as six Grammy Award nominations, and one Grammy Award.


Thursday, April 3, 2014, at 4:30 p.m., Room 2043, E. V. Moore Building.

Axel Bauni will present a master class focusing on the art of German romantic lieder and the Second Viennese School. Contemporary music is of special interest to the pianist Axel Bauni, who, after having studied lieder interpretation with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Aribert Reimann, is internationally active as the accompanist to artists such as Juliane Banse, Claudia Barainsky, Stella Doufexis, Christine Schäfer, Dietrich Henschel, Thomas Quasthoff, and Yaron Windmüller. Bauni is responsible for projects including a series of lieder recitals titled Lied des 20. Jahrhunderts at the MusikTriennale in Cologne in 2000 and the artistic directorship of the festival Lied:Strahl in the German Pavilion at EXPO 2000 in Hanover. He has taught continuously and given master classes in Germany and abroad, including the Banff Center in Canada, the Folkwang-Hochschule Essen, the conservatories of Hamburg, Saarbrücken, and Würzburg, and the Conservatoire de Lausanne. In 2003 he was appointed professor and director of an interpretation class for contemporary lieder for singers and pianists at the Universität der Künste Berlin.





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