21 March 2011

New summer music program to help launch the careers of singers beginning to explore the Wagnerian repertoire

The Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music is proud to announce the founding of a new summer music program created to help launch the careers of singers beginning to explore the Wagnerian repertoire.

B-W’s Wagner Intensive will be held from Saturday, July 23 to Saturday July 30, 2011 in the newly renovated B-W Conservatory of Music facility. 

Top Wagner singers and teachers Jane Eaglen and Timothy Mussard will lead the Intensive as co-artistic directors. Mature singers who are exploring the Wagnerian repertoire are encouraged to submit an audition by April 1, 2011 for consideration.

During eight days of intensive training, singers will participate in private lessons, repertoire coachings, scene study, German language study, staging rehearsals, and master classes.  In addition to instruction with Eaglen and Mussard, participants will interact with top Wagner coach / conductors Eric Weimer and William Vendice and guest master class artist Mezzo Soprano Nancy Maultsby. Participants will present two final public performances on Saturday, July 30 at 2:00 and 6:00 pm in the recently opened Kulas Music Hall.

Jane Eaglen, artist faculty member and co-artistic director of the Intensive, has one of the most formidable reputations in the opera world today, including roles of 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 the UK).

Dr. Mussard, artist faculty member and co-artistic director of the Intensive, is one of America's most distinguished Heldentenors with a career which has taken him all over the world in roles such as Herold in Salome, Eric in Der Fliegender Hollander, Floestan in Fidelio, Radames in Aida, Siegfried in Der Ring Des Nibelungen, and numerous other roles.

Coach / Conductor Eric Weimer has established himself as one of the pre-eminent coach / Assistant Conductors in the international opera world and is currently on the music staff at Chicago Lyric Opera. Conductor William Vendice was Head of Music Staff and Chorus Master at Los Angeles Opera from 1995 to 2007. Master class guest artist Nancy Maultsby’s operatic career has included a wide range of roles in some of the world’s most prestigious houses. She has performed often with Lyric Opera of Chicago.

For more information, please contact (440) 826-2365, or visit: http://www.bw.edu/academics/conservatory/outreach/smp/wagner/

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