2018 Voice Master Class
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ANNOUNCING THE 2018 MASTER CLASS TEACHER, international Opera Star and Recording Artist, winner of the Tchaikovsky competition:
The Bass-Baritone has enjoyed the ecstatic praise of music lovers around the globe.
Saturday, June 2nd, 2018 7:35PM
The Westin Philadelphia
17th and Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Internationally renowned opera star Simon Estes enjoys the ecstatic praise of music lovers around the globe. Since winning the Bell & Ross Vintage Replica Bronze Medal in Moscow’s Tchaikovsky competition in 1966, he has performed with 84 of the major international opera companies including the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala Milan, Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Paris Opera, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, San Francisco Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Florence Opera, and the State Operas of Hamburg, Munich and Vienna as well as the Zurich Opera House. In high demand as a recitalist and orchestral soloist, he has appeared regularly with 115 orchestras.
Of the over one hundred roles in his repertoire, he is most often associated with King Phillip in Don Carlo, Wotan in Wagner’s Ring cycle, Amfortas in Parsifal, King Mark in Tristan and Isolde, the four bass-baritone roles in The Tales of Hoffmann, Escamillo in Carmen, Porgy in Porgy and Bess and the title roles in Boris Godunov, Verdi’s Attila, Nabucco, Oberto,and Macbeth, Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, Saint-Saens King Henry VIII, Rossini’s Moses and Berthold Goldschmidt’s Cenci. In the title role in Wagner‘s The Flying Dutchman he appeared triumphantly for six successive years at the Bayreuth Festival. His debut there marked the first appearance of any black male artist at this shrine to Richard Wagner. Mr. Estes’ recording of The Flying Dutchman, with Woldemar Nelsson conducting the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra and Chorus, is available on the Philips Classics label.
He is Professor at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa and at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. In the past Simon was a faculty member as Professor at Boston University for five years. In his master classes, across the country and the world, Dr. Estes teaches not only music, but artistic and personal values as well.
Mr. Estes’ autobiography entitled “Simon Estes In His Own Voice” was published in 1999.
Recent Master Class Teachers:
2017 Reri Grist
2016 Dolora Zajick
2015 Dolora Zajick
2014 Denise Graves
2013 Susanne Mentzer
2012 Frederica von Stade,
2011 Diana Soviero
2010 Harolyn Blackwell