Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Master voice classes open for observation

Some of the country’s most renowned opera singers will soon be visiting the Patel Conservatory in Tampa as part of our Classical Voice Intensive.
Elite voice instructors like Salvatore Champagne and Beverly Rinaldi will conduct master classes for Patel Conservatory music students.
The public is invited to observe these classes at no charge.
“The Classical Voice Intensive brings master teachers from around the U.S. together with the rising stars of classical music to share their expertise and experience. It is a rare treat to have so many amazing teachers in one place,” said Gregory Ruffer, Patel Conservatory music department chair.
Anyone interested in classical singing will thoroughly enjoy these evenings.
The following master classes are open for observation in the TECO Theater at the Patel Conservatory:
Salvatore Champagne
Tues., July 10, 7 to 9 p.m.
A graduate of Oberlin College and the Juilliard School, Champagne made his debut touring Europe as a soloist with Leonard Bernstein. He sang leading tenor roles with Badisches Staatstheater in Germany and in many of Europe’s opera houses.

Mark Lubas is among the guest
artists offering master classes.
Wed., July 11, 7 to 9 p.m.
Lubas holds degrees from the New England Conservatory. He has appeared as a tenor soloist with Nashville Symphony and sung roles with Boston Lyric Opera, Mobile Opera and Opera Carolina.

Stella Zambalis

Thurs., July 12, 7 to 9 p.m.
A soprano, Zambalis has sung with the Metropolitan Opera, Houston Grand Opera and La Scala in Milan, among others. Her concert appearances have included Houston Symphony, Radio Symphony Orchestra of Berlin and the Moscow Radio and Television Orchestra.

Beverley Rinaldi

Fri., July 13, 7 to 9 p.m.
A master teacher of great singers, Rinaldi began as a Broadway performer and later moved into opera, performing at Avery Fisher and Carnegie Halls.
David Friedman
Mon., July 16, 7 to 9 p.m.
Composer, conductor, author and singer, Friedman is known for conducting Broadway musicals and recently, writing Broadway musicals. His Chasing Nicolette is slated to open on Broadway next season.

Gregory Ruffer and Robyn Frey-Monell

Tues., July 17, 7 to 9 p.m.
Conductor and noted voice teacher, Ruffer is the music department chair at the Patel Conservatory and chorus master for Opera Tampa. He was conductor of The Orlando Chorale and has sung with The Washington Chorus and Paul Hill Chorale.
A soprano, Frey-Monell holds degrees from Westminster Choir College and Columbia University. She has appeared as soloist with Carmel Bach Festival and The Orlando Chorale and has sung with Opera Pacific and Los Angeles Master Chorale.
Brad Diamond
Wed., July 18, 7 to 9 p.m.
Diamond holds degrees from Westminster Choir College and the Cincinnati College-Conservatory and teaches voice at the University of South Florida. A tenor, he has appeared with Lyric Opera Cleveland, Opera Pacific and Florentine Opera Company of Milwaukee.

Ruth Golden

Thurs., July 19, 7 to 9 p.m.
Golden was a leading soprano with New York City Opera from 1985-1991 under Beverly Sills. She has performed at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Symphony Space and with Live from Lincoln Center.

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