February 25, 2013

Great British Baritone and Director Sir Thomas Allen Conducts Masterclass with NEC Singers, March 12

Appears Courtesy of Boston Lyric Opera During Production Residency for Cosi fan tutte


New England Conservatory is delighted to announce that the great British baritone Sir Thomas Allen will lead a vocal masterclass, March 12, 4—6 p.m. in Williams Hall.  Sir Thomas will be in Boston at that time directing and performing in Boston Lyric Opera’s production of Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, March 15—24. Sir Thomas appears at NEC courtesy of BLO.

The masterclass is made possible by the Ruth S. Morse Visiting Scholar in Voice Fund.

An established star of the great opera houses of the world, Sir Thomas is probably most closely associated with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. In 2006, he celebrated the thirty-fifth anniversary of his debut with that company for which he has sung over forty roles.  In 2006, he also celebrated the twenty-fifth anniversary of his debut at the Metropolitan Opera, New York. 

Sir Thomas has been particularly acclaimed for his Billy Budd, Pelléas, Eugene Onegin, Ulisse and Beckmesser, as well as the great Mozart roles of Count Almaviva, Don Alfonso, Papageno, Guglielmo and, of course, Don Giovanni.  His recent engagements have included the title role in Gianni Schicchi for Los Angeles Opera and at the Spoleto Festival; the title role in Sweeney Todd, Beckmesser (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), Prosdocimo (Il Turco in Italia), Music  Master (Ariadne auf Naxos), Peter (Hänsel und Gretel) and Don Alfonso at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Eisenstein (Die Fledermaus), Don Alfonso, Ulisse and Don Giovanni at the Bayerische Staatsoper; Eisenstein at the Glyndebourne Festival; Don Alfonso at the Lyric Opera of Chicago and at the Salzburg Easter and Summer Festivals; Forester (The Cunning Little Vixen) at the San Francisco Opera and Beckmesser, Don Alfonso and Music Master at the Metropolitan Opera, New York. 

He made a triumphant directing debut in 2003 with Albert Herring at the Royal College of Music and he has recently directed tremendously successful productions of Don Giovanni and Così fan tutte for Samling Opera at The Sage, Gateshead.  He made an equally acclaimed U.S. directing debut with Le nozze di Figaro for Arizona Opera in 2006 and, in 2007, he directed Il barbiere di Siviglia for Scottish Opera. In November 2012, he made his Lyric Opera of Chicago directing debut with Donizetti's Don Pasquale, teaming up with NEC's Artistic Advisor of Opera Studies Stephen Lord, who conducted the production.

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.

ABOUT NEW ENGLAND CONSERVATORY

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
617-585-1143
Ellen.pfeifer@necmusic.edu


YOU PLAY BACH YOUR WAY, AND I'LL PLAY HIM HIS WAY. WANDA LANDOWSKA