06 March 2012

Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music’s Wagner Intensive expands to 10 days of training

In its second year, the Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music’s Wagner Intensive, a program created to help launch the careers of singers exploring the Wagnerian repertoire, will expand to 10 days of training. The Intensive will be held from Wednesday, July 18 to Saturday July 28, 2012 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, 2012 for consideration.

During ten 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 Baritone Gordon Hawkins. Participants will present two final public performances on Saturday, July 28th in the recently re-opened Gamble Auditorium.

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 Brünnhilde (performed in Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, Milan, New York, Oslo and the UK).

Timothy 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, Erik in Der fliegender Holländer, Florestan 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 Gordon Hawkins’ operatic career has included a wide range of roles in some of the world’s most prestigious houses. He regularly appears in leading Wagner roles across the globe.

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

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