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Vocal Masterclass with Baritone James Westman

Oct 26, 2012, 1:30pm-4:30pm

Equally at home in art song, concert and operatic repertoire, Canadian baritone James Westman has performed widely with leading orchestras in North America and Europe.
He has sung Handel’s Messiah with the Toronto, San Francisco, Vancouver, Baltimore and Detroit Symphonies, the National Arts Orchestra in Ottawa, and the Kitchener-Waterloo Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra. He performed Carmina Burana with the Cleveland Orchestra; Berlioz’ Romeo and Juliette with the Edmonton and Toronto Symphony Ochestras, and Mendlessohn’s Elijah and Bach’s Mass in B Minor with the Vancouver Symphony. As soloist, he has appeared in concert galas with the Boston, San Francisco, Baltimore and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestras, the Thirteen Strings, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra.
In opera, Westman's credits include lead roles in works by Verdi, Puccini, Massenet, Donizetti, Yanacek, Bizet, Britten and Mozart for many major companies including  Houston Grand Opera, Santa Fe, Chicago, Vancouver, English National Opera, Los Angeles, Boston Lyric Opera, New York, Detroit, Dallas, Canadian Opera Company, Wexford Festival Ireland, Graz/Austria, Cologne/Germany and many more. Most recently, he created the leading role of Sandy Keith in Bramwell Tovey's new opera The Inventor for Calgary Opera.
Current and upcoming appearances include Enrico in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor for Minnesota Opera; Alfred in Die Fledermaus for the Canadian Opera Company; and Last Night of the Proms with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra; as well as recordings of The Inventor (CBC Records) and a CD of English, American and Canadian songs for Sony BMG/England with Stuart Bedford. 
Westman studied with such renowned artists as Dame Joan Sutherland, Richard Bonynge, Lois Marshall, Patricia Kern, Régine Crespin, Warren Jones, Martin Katz, Virginia Zeani, Marlena Malas and Marilyn Horne.

 

Masterclass participants are students in the classical vocal performance program in the Department of Music.
Observers are welcome, but please use discretion when entering and exiting the hall. Admission is free.


Location:Tribute Communities Recital Hall, Accolade East Building, York University, 4700 Keele St.
Sponsor:Department of Music, Faculty of Fine Arts
Posted by:Judy Karacs
Web Sitehttp://music.finearts.yorku.ca/news-events/events/
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