Though opera patronage has decreased in the last century in favor of other arts and media (such as musicals, cinema, radio, television and recordings), mass media and the advent of recording have supported the popularity of many famous singers including Maria Callas, Enrico Caruso, Amelita Galli-Curci, Kirsten Flagstad, Juan Arvizu, Nestor Mesta Chayres, Mario Del Monaco, Renata Tebaldi, Risë Stevens, Alfredo Kraus, Franco Corelli, Montserrat Caballé, Joan Sutherland, Birgit Nilsson, Nellie Melba, Rosa Ponselle, Beniamino Gigli, Jussi Björling, Feodor Chaliapin, Cecilia Bartoli, Renée Fleming, Marilyn Horne, Bryn Terfel and "The Three Tenors" (Luciano Pavarotti, Plácido Domingo, and José Carreras
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Marilyn Horne. Richard Miller. James Fairchild. Charles Grandison Finney. Asa Mahan. William Dawes, trustee and fundraiser. Mildred H. McAfee, Dean of Women. Elizabeth Watson Russell Lord, Assistant Principal, Women's Department (1884–94); Assistant Dean, Women's Department (1894-1900). Asa Mahan, 1835–50. Charles Grandison Finney, leader in the Second Great Awakening, president 1851–66. James Fairchild, 1866–89. William Gay Ballantine, 1891–96. John Henry Barrows, 1899–1902. Henry Churchill King, 1902–27. Ernest H. Wilkins, 1927–46. William Stevenson, 1946–60. Robert K. Carr, 1960–69. Robert W. Fuller, 1970–74. Emil Danenberg, 1975–82. S. Frederick Starr, 1983–94. Nancy Dye, 1994–2007.
In 2007, he was instated as a member of the board of the Manhattan School of Music where he is also part of the Artistic Advisory Board, positions which allow him to frequently teach master classes for the school's Distance Learning Program that are streamed live to Internet and smart phone users worldwide. In March 2011, Hampson continued his dedication to song with the opening of the first Lied Academy as part of the Heidelberger Frühling Festival.
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The tour played a significant role in popularizing opera in Japan, and boasted an impressive line-up of artists in productions of La traviata, Carmen, and La bohème; including Marilyn Horne as Carmen, Joan Sutherland as Violetta, and tenors Franco Corelli and Luciano Pavarotti alternating as Rodolfo. From 1975 to 1981 the Met was guided by a triumvirate of directors: the General Manager (Anthony A. Bliss), Artistic Director (James Levine), and Director of Production (the English stage director John Dexter). Bliss was followed by Bruce Crawford and Hugh Southern. Through this period the constant figure was James Levine.
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After her retirement from the recital stage in 1951, Lehmann taught master classes at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California, which she helped found in 1947. She also gave master classes in New York City's Town Hall (for the Manhattan School of Music), Chicago, London, Vienna, and other cities. For her contribution to the recording industry, Lehmann has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1735 Vine St. However, her first name is misspelled there as "Lottie".
For five years she sang with the Manhattan School of Music children's chorus. She attended the Joffrey Ballet School. She is a graduate of The Cathedral School of St. John the Divine and the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts. She earned her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees at the Juilliard School, where she was a pupil of Edith Bers. She has also studied with Marilyn Horne, Brian Zeger, Warren Jones, and Margo Garrett. She is a 2005 winner of the Marilyn Horne Foundation Vocal Competition. In 2006, she received The Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation Award. She was also chosen as a recipient of a Movado Future Legends award in 2006.
A native of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, she trained at The Mannes College of Music and Marilyn Horne's Music Academy of the West, where she was the youngest person ever to win the Marilyn Horne Foundation Vocal Competition. She became a Young Artist with the Palm Beach Opera when she was 14 and made her operatic debut there two years later as the Sandman in Engelbert Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel. She also appeared on the National Public Radio program From the Top when she was 15 performing "O mio babbino caro" from Gianni Schicchi. She was invited back to From the Top in 2010, a show taped in Burlington, Vermont, with commentary by Marilyn Horne.
Koldofsky was director of vocal accompanying at the Music Academy of the West from 1951 to 1989. She was accompanist for Lotte Lehmann, Rose Bampton, Jeanne Dusseau, Herta Glaz, Jan Peerce, Hermann Prey, Martial Singher and Marilyn Horne. Horne, Martin Katz and Carol Neblett were students of Koldofsky. Koldofsky retired from teaching in 1990 and moved to Santa Barbara in 1991. She died there at the age of 92. The annual Marilyn Horne Song Competition is presented in Kodolfsky's memory since 1997. Marilyn Horne recalls Kodofsky as “Teacher, mentor, accompanist, and my dear friend.” In 2012, the University of Toronto established the Gwendolyn Williams Koldofsky Prize in Accompanying.
Marilyn Horne: Divas in Song, RCA Victor Red Seal, 1994. Frederica von Stade: Voyage à Paris, RCA Victor Red Seal, 1995.
Robert Sims is a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Binghamton University, Northwestern University, and the American Conservatory of Music. He has also studied at the Music Academy of the West, Chautauqua Musical Institute, and the Oberlin/Urbania Vocal Institute in Urbania, Italy.
He has served on the faculties of Indiana University, The Music Academy of the West, University of Utah, Brigham Young University and guest lecturer at Stanford, Yale, Catholic University and Manhattan School of Music. His professional operatic and recital career has spanned over five decades and every continent. Ballam, a native of Logan, Utah, has performed in the major concert halls in America, Europe, Asia and the Soviet Union, with command performances at the Vatican and the White House. His operatic repertoire includes more than 1,000 performances of over 110 major roles.
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During his career, he was on the faculty of the Manhattan and Eastman Schools of Music. From 1954 to his death he was professor of 'cello at the University of Southern California. He was also one of the 'cellists in the Paganini Quartet and the Hungarian Quartet, and was a founding member of the Alma Trio, a piano trio, and remained with that ensemble from 1942 until it disbanded in 1976; in the early 1980s, the trio reformed, with Rejto again as the cellist. Mr. Rejto taught for a number of years at the Music Academy of the West summer program for gifted students, where his master classes were extremely popular, not just to cellists.
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The National Medal of Arts is an award and title created by the United States Congress in 1984, for the purpose of honoring artists and patrons of the arts. A prestigious American honor, it is the highest honor given to artists and arts patrons by the United States government. Nominations are submitted to the National Council on the Arts, the advisory committee of the National Endowment for the Arts, who then submits its recommendations to the White House for the President of the United States to award. The medal was designed for the NEA by sculptor Robert Graham.
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The first staging of the opera in America was at the Houston Grand Opera under Lawrence Foster, in October 1975, with Marilyn Horne in the title role, a part with which she would become particularly associated. In July 1982 Horne sang the part alongside John Alexander's Goffredo and Samuel Ramey's Argante, in a National Arts Centre (NAC) production in Ottawa directed by Frank Corsaro. The performance, with Mario Bernardi conducting the NAC Orchestra, was applauded by Montreal Gazette critic Eric McLean for its fine music making and its displays of "architectural and sartorial splendour".
Then she received her vocal training at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music under Marlene Rosen and Mary Schiller. In 1999 Kuznetsova won the Marilyn Horne Foundation Vocal Competition, which resulted in her New York debut recital in 2000. An alumna of the Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Kuznetsova performed title roles in a number of new productions at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, including Juliette (Roméo et Juliette by Gounod), Gilda (Rigoletto by Verdi), and the Vixen (The Cunning Little Vixen by Janáček). Dina Kuznetsova came to international attention in 2002, when she sang Donna Anna (Don Giovanni by Mozart) with Daniel Barenboim at the Berlin State Opera.
He is on the faculty of The Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music, as well as a faculty artist at the Music Academy of the West, following three years of participation in Music Academy Summer Festivals. He also holds the Robert Mann Chair in Strings and Chamber Music at the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music. Dicterow's musical gifts became apparent when, at age 11, he made his solo debut with the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. Harold Dicterow, his father, served as principal of the second violin section in the Los Angeles Philharmonic for 52 years.
His collection of songs and dances transcribed for saxophone quartet, The Renaissance Book, is published by Galaxy Music. * Paul Cohen bio at Manhattan School of Music web site
He studied the clarinet and flute at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio, earning a bachelor's degree. In June 1953, Horn gained a master's from the Manhattan School of Music. Moving to Los Angeles he played with Chico Hamilton's quintet from 1956 to 1958 and became an established West Coast session player. He played on the Duke Ellington Orchestra's Suite Thursday and worked with Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett and others. He scored the 1959 animated television series Clutch Cargo. In 1960 Horn recorded for Fantasy Records with Latin Jazz vibraphonist Cal Tjader (with drummers Willie Bobo and Mongo Santamaria) for the album Latino!
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She concurrently worked on the faculty of the Aspen Music Festival and School; as an adjunct professor at the Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College; and as a professor at the Manhattan School of Music from 1982–1989. In addition to working as a University professor, Peck taught out of a private studio. One of her notable pupils was actor Kevin Kline who began studying with her to prepare his voice for the music in the 1983 film version of The Pirates of Penzance. Kline stated in an interview that Peck "was very, very strict about protecting the voice", and that he must choose between cigarettes and her if he was a smoker.
Fortner went on to obtain a bachelor's degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and a master's degree from the Manhattan School of Music. In 2009, Fortner was part of vibraphonist Stefon Harris' band, including for a tour of Europe. Fortner was pianist in trumpeter Roy Hargrove's quintet from 2010 to 2017. Fortner became strongly influenced by fellow pianist Barry Harris from 2011, when he realised that his knowledge of the music was too shallow. Fortner recorded with the Hargrove band's saxophonist, Justin Robinson, in 2013.
She holds a B.A. in Theater Studies and Acting from Yale University and a M.M. in Classical Voice from the Manhattan School of Music. She is best known for her portrayal of Mimi in Baz Luhrmann's 2002–03 production of La bohème on Broadway, for which she received a 2003 Tony Award. Since then, Seegmiller has performed around the United States and Europe in concerts, operas and musical theatre, at venues such as the Estates Theatre in Prague, Wolf Trap in Virginia, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Utah Symphony and Opera, and at several music festivals.
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During this period, he also studied with Marilyn Horne at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara. In 1994 the Peruvian tenor, Ernesto Palacio invited him to Italy to work on a recording of Vicente Martín y Soler's opera Il Tutore Burlato. Palacio subsequently became Flórez's teacher, mentor and manager and has had a profound influence on his career. Flórez's first breakthrough and professional debut came in 1996 at the Rossini Festival in the Italian city of Pesaro, Rossini's birthplace. At the age of 23, he stepped in to take the leading tenor role in Matilde di Shabran when Bruce Ford became ill.
In addition to his teaching at Barnard College and Columbia University, Malas also served on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music and Curtis Institute of Music. He was a National Patron of Delta Omicron, an international professional music fraternity. Malas was married to Marlena Kleinman Malas, a voice teacher in New York. They had two sons, Nicol and Alexis. Malas died June 23, 2019 in New York. * Barnard College, Columbia University biography Giovanni Bononcini.
He later studied singing with Judith Boroschek in Düsseldorf from 1967 to 1976, and with Richard Miller at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music from 1985 to 1990. Bell made his professional opera debut at the Glyndebourne Festival Opera in 1955, which was followed by performances later that year at the Berlin State Opera. From 1958 to 1961 he was heard annually at the Bayreuth Festival as the Night Watchman in Richard Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. He appeared at the Berlin Festival in 1958 in Boris Blacher's Abstrakte Oper. In 1961 he portrayed Ford in Giuseppe Verdi's Falstaff in a CBC Television production starring Louis Quilico in the title role.
He is currently on the faculty of Manhattan School of Music where for the past fifteen years he has given classes in vocal chamber music and vocal accompanying. Raymond Beegle was a contributing editor of The Opera Quarterly from 1989 to 2004, and for many years reviewed for Fanfare Magazine, as well as the British journal, The Classic Record Collector. At present he is associate editor of Classical Voice. Lawson Gould, Inc., Galaxy, and Walton Press publish his translations and edited editions of numerous choral and vocal chamber works. Raymond Beegle has been a resident of New York City since 1970. Manhattan School of Music. Classical Voice.