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Public Classes & Performances
Public Master Class #1
Saturday, July 21, 8 p.m.
Presenter – Gordon Hawkins, baritone
Public Master Class #2
Sunday, July 22, 3 p.m.
Presenter – Jane Eaglen, soprano
Public Master Class #3
Tuesday, July 24, 8 p.m.
Presenter – Timothy Mussard, heldentenor
Public Master Class #4
Wednesday, July 25, 3 p.m.
Presenter – William Vendice, conductor/coach
Public Master Class #5
Thursday, July 26, 8:00 pm
Presenter – Eric Weimer, conductor/coach
Saturday, July 28, 2 & 6 p.m.
Semi-staged Wagner scenes
All master classes are being held on campus in the Boesel Musical Arts Center’s Kadel Music Hall, 49 Seminary St, Berea.
The 2 and 6 p.m. final performances will include different repertoire at each and will be held at the Kulas Musical Arts Building’s Gamble Auditorium, 96 Front Street, Berea.
First-of-its-Kind Wagner Intensive Program Brings Renowned Artists to BW
Top Wagner singers and teachers Jane Eaglen and Timothy Mussard, both faculty members at BW, are leading the Intensive as co-artistic directors. Also serving as coach / conductors are Eric Weimer and William Vendice with guest master class artist baritone Gordon Hawkins.
With sessions open to the public, the program enables spectators to hear the rich music of German composer Richard Wagner and see B-W's impressive newly renovated Conservatory of Music.
Rare opportunity for vocalists
Designed to help launch the careers of singers beginning to explore the Wagnerian repertoire, the Intensive offers participants opportunities to participate in private lessons, repertoire coaching, scene study, German language study, staging rehearsals and master classes. A selective group of 15 vocalists having impressive national credentials will be participating in the program.
"To our knowledge, there is no other program like it in the country," said Mussard. In fact, he said, singers often have to find private tutors to help them build the endurance and vocal strength needed for Wagner's operas. "It is very unusual to have two Wagnerian artists of international status on the voice faculty of a mid-sized liberal arts school," Mussard said. "That speaks to the caliber of talent offered through BW's Conservatory of Music.
“Jane [Eaglen] and I developed this program to help young singers in their 30s who have the potential to singer Wagner," Mussard continued. "At this time, the demand for singers trained in Wagner is greater than the supply. In fact, it is the only area in opera where the supply is less than the demand."
Bringing renowned professionals to campus
BW’s Wagner Intensive is being led by singers, teachers and conductors who bring decades of international experience and acclaim to the sessions.
Jane Eaglen(soprano) has one of the most formidable reputations in the opera world today. Her roles include Isolde (for the Metropolitan Opera, Seattle Opera, Teatro Liceu Barcelona, Lyric Opera of Chicago and in Puerto Rico); Norma (for the Metropolitan Opera, Seattle Opera, Ravenna Festival with Maestro Muti, and the Bastille); and Brunnhilde (performed in Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, Milan, New York, Oslo and UK).
Timothy Mussard, recognized as one of America's most distinguished Heldentenors, has enjoyed a lengthy and acclaimed opera career which has taken him throughout the world, performing in roles such as Herod in Salome, Erik in Der Fliegender Hollander, Florestan in Fidelio, Radames in Aida, Siegfried in Der Ring Des Nibelungen, Lohengrin in Lohengrin and many more.
Eric Weimer has established himself as one of the pre-eminent coach/assistant conductors in the international opera world. A scholar and performer, he has worked for the past 12 seasons with Lyric Opera of Chicago and has written Opera seria and the Evolution of Classical Style. Through his work at some of the world's leading companies--in particular, Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Metropolitan Opera, and the Bayreuth Festival--he has prepared some 150 productions, collaborating with most of the world's greatest opera maestri.
Likewise, William Vendice has had a successful and distinguished career as a conductor. He was head of music staff and chorus master at Los Angeles Opera from 1995 to 2007. Prior to his return to his native California, Maestro Vendice was a member of the conducting staff at the Metropolitan Opera, where he conducted Barber of Seville, Lucia di Lammermoor, Die Entföhrung aus dem Serail, Porgy and Bess, L'italiana in Algeri, and the Finals Concert of the Metropolitan National Auditions..
Guest master class artist Gordon Hawkins is critically acclaimed throughout the world for his in-depth interpretations and luxuriant baritone voice. He recently made a triumphant San Francisco Opera debut as Alberich in Francesca Zambello’s highly-acclaimed Ring Cycle. Considered the leading Alberich in the world, he has also performed it with the Washington National Opera, Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville, and the Los Angeles Opera.
Chance for the public to hear “big voices”
"For singers with big voices to sing with other singers with big voices is rare," said Eaglen. "I think the final concerts will be very exciting. It's a chance for the public to hear some new voices singing some amazing music."
BW's Wagner Intensive received support from the Wagner Societies of Boston, New York, Northern California and Ohio.