March 4, 2013
NEC Announces Appointment of Steven Goldstein to Opera Faculty
Joshua Major, Director of Opera Studies, Calls Goldstein’s Hire the Completion of Opera “Dream Team”
Actor, director, singer, and acting teacher Steven Goldstein has been appointed to the Opera faculty at New England Conservatory, effective Fall 2013. Goldstein, who has acted on Broadway and in television dramas, directed theatre and opera, and sung opera himself, comes to NEC from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) where he has served as Weinberger Chair of Acting for the Lyric Theatre. At the Conservatory, he will work with both graduate and undergraduate students, teaching classes and directing scenes and productions.
Joshua Major, Director of Opera Studies, called Goldstein’s appointment the completion of the NEC opera “dream team,” which includes Stephen Lord as Artistic Advisor, Luretta Bybee as Chair of Vocal Arts, Karen Holvik as Chair of Voice, and renowned dramatic soprano Jane Eaglen as voice faculty. Bybee echoed Major’s praise: “This is the final piece in a wonderful NEC opera puzzle.”
Goldstein brings impressive stage, film and opera credits, having appeared in productions staged by David Mamet, William H. Macy, and renowned opera director Francesca Zambello. A founding member of the Atlantic Theater Company in New York, his acting performance highlights include Our Town on Broadway with Spalding Gray; the premieres of Boy’s Life, Oh Hell and The Lights at the Lincoln Center Theatre; Romance (premiere), The Vosey Inheritance, The Water Engine and Shaker Heights (premiere) at the Atlantic Theater Company; Romance and Keep Your Pantheon (premiere) at the LA Theater Center; Intimate Apparel (premiere) at Center Stage Baltimore; and Harmony (premiere) at La Jolla Playhouse. His TV appearances include Quarterlife, Law & Order and The Guiding Light. On film, he has acted in The Untouchables, Signs and Wonders, The Spanish Prisoner, The Night We Never Met, Homicide, House of Games and Things Change.
Goldstein’s professional singing performances include engagements with the New York City Opera, Seattle Opera, LA Opera, Vancouver Opera, Cleveland Opera, Israeli Opera and Chicago Opera Theater. In 2011, he made his Metropolitan Opera debut singing in Richard Strauss’ Capriccio starring Renee Fleming.
His directing credits at CCM include the musical theatre productions Spring Awakening, A Little Night Music, Evita, Street Scene, and Hello Again, as well as the operas La Tragedié de Carmen, Dialogues of the Carmelites and Die Fledermaus.
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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.
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