November 9, 2012

NEC Presents Acclaimed Wagnerian Bass-Baritone Greer Grimsley in Vocal Residency, Nov. 13—15

Will Present Three Public Masterclasses, Work Intensively with Singers in Coaching Sessions

New England Conservatory is delighted to present bass-baritone Greer Grimsley in a three-day vocal residency, November 13—15. One of the premier Wotans of his day, Grimsley will sing the role of the King of the Gods in the Metropolitan Opera’s Ring Cycle in spring of 2013.  Long a favorite at Seattle Opera where he has also sung Kurwenal and Scarpia, he will reprise the role of Wotan during that company’s Ring performances August 4—25.

During his sojourn here, Grimsley will lead three free public masterclasses, Nov. 13 at 6 p.m. in NEC’s Keller Room, Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. in Brown Hall, and Nov. 15 at 8 p.m. in Brown Hall.  Full days of private coachings will precede this unusual wealth of public classes that allow music lovers to watch the transmission of wisdom and practical hints from senior artist to aspirant. Over the course of three sessions, a full dozen singers of all types will perform a wide variety of repertoire for Grimsley, ranging from Mozart to Bellini to Gershwin. This is the second of two residencies this semester by visiting artists who work with our Vocal Arts students, exposing them to the practices of the professional singer's world at the highest level. Renowned dramatic soprano Jane Eaglen led the first series in October.

The residency is made possible by a generous gift from NEC Overseer Muffy Glauber and her husband, Robert.


American Bass-Baritone Greer Grimsley is internationally recognized as an outstanding singing actor and one of the most prominent Wagnerian singers of our day.  Continuing his reign as a leading interpreter of Wotan, he will sing the role for the Metropolitan Opera’s Ring Cycle in Robert Lepage’s new landmark production in the spring of 2013.

In addition to performing this role once again in summer 2013 with Seattle Opera, Grimsley’s roles this season include the Two Villains in Les Contes d’Hoffmann at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, and the High Priest in Samson et Dalila in his hometown of New Orleans Opera. Future seasons see returns to San Francisco Opera in two productions, the Gran Teatre del Liceu in two productions, a return to Dallas Opera, and a return to San Diego Opera.

Grimsley appeared on the June 2010 cover of Opera News magazine, featuring a seven-page focus on his role as "King of the Gods." Commenting on Seattle Opera’s 2009 Der Ring des Nibelungen, the Seattle Times said, “Grimsley’s big, resplendent voice is the right size and color for this vital role; as Wotan, he sounds like a singer who has found his true home. He’s an adept actor, too, never overplaying his hand and relating to the rest of the cast with unflagging intensity.” He has also performed the role of Wotan in Die Walküre and Das Rheingold at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, and in the full Ring Cycle with the Teatro La Fenice di Venezia, Oper Köln, and on tour in Shanghai.

For further information, check the NEC Website  or call the NEC Concert Line at 617-585-1122.  NEC’s Jordan Hall, Brown Hall, Williams Hall and the Keller Room are located at 30 Gainsborough St., corner of Huntington Ave. St. Botolph Hall is located at 241 St. Botolph St. between Gainsborough and Mass Ave.


Recognized nationally and internationally as a leader among music schools, New England Conservatory in Boston, MA offers rigorous training in an intimate, nurturing community to 720 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral music students from around the world. Its faculty of 225 boasts internationally esteemed artist-teachers and scholars. Its alumni go on to fill orchestra chairs, concert hall stages, jazz clubs, recording studios, and arts management positions worldwide. Nearly half of the Boston Symphony Orchestra is composed of NEC trained musicians and faculty.

The oldest independent school of music in the United States, NEC was founded in 1867 by Eben Tourjee. Its curriculum is remarkable for its wide range of styles and traditions. On the college level, it features training in classical, jazz, contemporary improvisation, world and early music. Through its Preparatory School, School of Continuing Education, and Community Programs and Partnerships Program, it provides training and performance opportunities for children, pre-college students, adults, and seniors. Through its outreach projects, it allows young musicians to engage with non-traditional audiences in schools, hospitals, and nursing homes—thereby bringing pleasure to new listeners and enlarging the universe for classical music, jazz, and contemporary improvisation.

NEC presents more than 900 free concerts each year, many of them in Jordan Hall, its world- renowned, century-old, beautifully restored concert hall. These programs range from solo recitals to chamber music to orchestral programs to jazz, contemporary improvisation, and opera scenes. Every year, NEC’s opera studies department also presents two fully staged opera productions at the Cutler Majestic Theatre or Paramount Theatre in Boston.

NEC is co-founder and educational partner of From the Top, a weekly radio program that celebrates outstanding young classical musicians from the entire country. With its broadcast home in Jordan Hall, the show is now carried by National Public Radio and is heard on 250 stations throughout the United States.

Contact: Ellen Pfeifer
Senior Communications Specialist
New England Conservatory
290 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115