Master Class with David Aronson, opera conductor and pianist, and Sylvia Greenberg, soprano

February 14, 2014 @ 5:00 PM
Clarke Recital Hall in the Weeks Center for Recording and Performance

A Master Class hosted by the department of vocal performance featuring David Aronson, opera conductor and pianist, and Sylvia Greenberg, soprano

Free and open to the public

About the Artists:
Conductor and pianist David Aronson, a native of New York, holds degrees from the Crane School of Music in Potsdam and Manhattan School of Music. His career in Europe began in Zurich, where he rapidly rose from coach at the International Opera Studio to assistant chorus-master and conductor at the Zurich Opera House. In 1982, Aronson began a nine-year appointment as Kapellmeister of the Municipal Theater of Lucerne. In addition to appearing as guest conductor in Darmstadt and Stuttgart, he assisted Herbert von Karajan in his Salzburg Festival production of Carmen. Aronson joined the music staff of the Vienna State Opera in 1991 and served as guest conductor of the Vienna Schönbrunner Schlossorchester. In November 2000, he made his conducting debut with the Vienna State Opera. A renowned opera coach, Aronson has worked with many of the world’s leading singers, including Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, Bryn Terfel, Renee Fleming, Elina Garanca and Anna Netrebko.  David Aronson teaches opera coaching and conducting at the Vienna Conservatory Private University. An accompanist of international stature, Aronson has performed numerous recitals and held master classes throughout Europe, Israel, the United States and Australia.

Sylvia Greenberg made her vocal debut in concert with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under Zubin Mehta. During the years as a member of the Zurich Opera House and of the Deutsche Oper Berlin she sang many coloratura roles, such as Zerbinetta, Blonde, Oscar and Sophie. However, Mozart’s Queen of the Night became the artist’s hallmark at virtually all of the major European opera houses. Guest engagements have led her to the festivals in Salzburg, Bayreuth and Aix en Provence as well to the Teatro alla Scala in Milan where she sang the title role in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor. She appeared in world premieres of operas by Manzoni and Berio in Milan and in Salzburg. Sylvia Greenberg can be heard on numerous recordings which include Mozart’s Abduction, Haydn’s Creation and L’anima del filosofo, Gluck’s Paride ed Elena, sacred music by Poulenc and Bizet as well as Orff’s Carmina burana and Berio’s Un re in ascolto. The artist’s most recent releases are concerning Mahler’s 8th Symphony under Kent Nagano singing the 1st soprano as well as the newly rediscovered cantata “Crudel tiranno amor” by George Friedrich Haendel (recorded 2006). Her schedule includes frequent recitals, and she is also highly respected as a teacher, holding classes primarily in Munich and Vienna.

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