New Song on the Rio Grande Vocal Series
Ferrante will be featured on Friday, Sept. 23 with a master class beginning at 2 p.m. in the TAMIU Center for the Fine and Performing Arts’ (CFPA) Recital Hall.
Ferrante is recognized as one of the leading character singers of his generation. Praised by Opera News for “singing up a stylish storm” and for getting “the gold star for trills,” the American tenor sings both comedians and protagonists on the operatic stage, and in concert, a repertoire of a wide range of composers from Bach and Handel to John Musto and Lowell Liebermann. The Baltimore native now makes his home in Miami, FL and serves on the voice faculty of the New World School of the Arts.
On Saturday, Sept. 24, the Rio Grande Vocal Series will continue with Twyla Robinson, who will begin her master class at 12 noon, also in the CFPA Recital Hall. It will be followed by a roundtable discussion with the artist, affording students a chance to learn what’s it like to have a singing career.
Robinson has consistently earned tremendous praise for her consummate musicianship, dramatic sensibility, and ravishing vocal beauty. She has performed with many of the world’s leading orchestras, including London Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Staatskapelle, The Cleveland Orchestra, and Los Angeles Philharmonic, singing under such conductors as Bernard Haitink, Pierre Boulez, Franz Welser-Möst, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Michael Tilson Thomas. In high demand for concert performances, Robinson regularly performs with top orchestras in the United States and Europe.
Song on the Rio Grande is planning a recital in October, a February master class and two additional recitals later in 2012.
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