Faculty & Staff Profiles

Leslie W. Guinn

Professor Emeritus of Voice

Leslie Guinn (bass-baritone) has performed with many major symphony orchestras, including the Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Baltimore, National, Cincinnati and l’Orchestre de Monte Carlo. Summer festival appearances include Tanglewood, Marlboro Music, Grant Park, Meadowbrook, Caramoor, Saratoga, Casals, Carbillo and Aspen, where he served as artist/teacher for 14 summers. He made his European debut in 1983 with the Stuttgart Opera singing the title role in a new production of Berg’s Wozzeck. Guinn appeared as guest artist with the Bonn Opera in 1990, followed by a series of performances as Wotan in a new production of Wagner’s Ring cycle with the Hannover Opera. He has premiered many new works, including the U.S. premiere of William Bolcom’s Songs of Innocence and Experience; Menotti’s Song of Hope with the Philadelphia Orchestra; Christopher Rouse’s Mitternacht Lieder, which was dedicated to Mr. Guinn; and George Rochberg’s String Quartet No. 7 with Voice, which was written for Guinn. His recording of the Rochberg String Quartet No. 7 and Barber’s Dover Beach with the Concord String Quartet won a GRAMMY nomination for best chamber music recording and was included in High Fidelity’s list of “Best American Music on Record.” His recording Songs of Stephen Foster with mezzo-soprano Jan DeGaetani was named “Record of the Year” by Stereo Review Magazine.

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