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Masterclass: Voice with Gregory Buchalter of the Metropolitan Opera
Start Date: 12/19/2019Start Time: 2:00 PM
End Date: 12/19/2019

Event Description:
Conductor and voice and diction coach Gregory Buchalter of the Metropolitan Opera will give a masterclass in vocal technique to Lehman's voice students.
Location Information:
Lehman College - Music Building
Room: 306 (Recital Hall)
Contact Information:
Name: Music Program
Phone: 718-960-8247
Gregory Buchalter
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    > Voice Masterclass 12/19/19
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Gregory Buchalter is the Artistic Director and conductor of Opera Fairbanks, Opera Las Vegas and Opera Camerata of Washington. In Fairbanks he has conducted “La Boheme,” “Carmen,” “L’elisir d’more,” “Don Giovanni,” “Tosca,” “La Cenerentola,” “L'Italiana in Algeri,” “Hansel and Gretel,” “The Magic Flute,” and concerts featuring Vivica Genaux. During his leadership with these companies, he has brought in many internationally renowned singers including Paul Plishka, Sondra Radvanovsky, Francisco Casanova, and and Alessandra Marc. Maestro Buchalter recently had great success in Fairbanks, Alaska conducting Mahler's “Fourth Symphony” and Bernstein's “West Side Story Symphonic Dances.”

The Maestro conducted “Salomé” at the Savonlinna Opera Festival in Finland with Maria Ewing and Helga Dernesch, “Die Fledermaus” at the Vienna Volksoper, in Austria, and Mozart’s “Die Entführung aus dem Serail” at the Spoleto Festival, in Italy, “Eugene Onegin” with the New Opera World Festival in Moscow, and “Così fan Tutte” with the Mediterranean Opera Festival also in Italy.

Mr. Buchalter conducted the American premiere of Mercadante's “I Due Figaro,” Von Winter's “Das Labyrinth,” and Donizetti's “Olivo e Pasquale” with New York's Amore Opera and received glowing reviews. Gregory Buchalter was the first American conductor with the Kazakhstan State Opera; which included a televised Gala concert for the President of Kazakhstan. Mr. Buchalter has been Chorus Master of Santa Fe Opera in New Mexico, where he received great acclaim for his choral preparation for “Peter Grimes,” “Turandot,” among many other operas. In addition, he was Chorus Master at the Bregenz Festival in Austria, Theater des Westens in Berlin, and the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra.

Mr. Buchalter is currently a cover conductor at the Metropolitan Opera where the position of "Maestro di Banda" was created for him. He has worked extensively with the Metropolitan Opera Chorus and has been Chorus Master at the Met for several productions including the telecast of Franco Zeffirelli’s “Don Giovanni” and Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess.” He has also prepared several world premieres at the Met: John Corigliano’s “The Ghosts of Versailles,” Philip Glass’ “The Voyage,” and John Harbison’s “The Great Gatsby,” in which he created the on-stage part of the jazz band conductor.

Gregory Buchalter founded his own chorus, “Choros Aristos,” and led them in a performance of Rossini’s “Petite Messe Solennelle” at New York’s Merkin Hall in commemoration of the composer’s 200th birthday. He conducted the “Metropolitan Consort,” a group composed of members of the “Metropolitan Opera Orchestra” in a highly successful concert of Baroque music. For many seasons he was a guest conductor with the “New York Symphonic Arts Ensemble” where he has conducted such works as Prokofiev’s “Alexander Nevsky.” As both pianist and conductor, Mr. Buchalter has toured such places as Cairo, Kuwait, Malaysia, Turkey, and Hong Kong. As a lecturer and speaker, he has been invited to hold Master Classes throughout the United States. The Maestro has also concertized in the United States many times with Metropolitan Opera soprano, Osceola Davis.

Maestro Buchalter recently conducted “Cavalleria Rusticana” and “Pagliacci” with the Martha Cardona Opera at New York's Merkin Hall, “Rigoletto” with Opera Las Vegas, “The Magic Flute” with Opera Fairbanks, and “Così fan Tutte” with the Mediterranean Opera Festival. As part of the 2017-18 Metropolitan Opera season, he is cover conductor for “Hansel and Gretel.” The summer of 2018, he conducts “L'enfant et les Sortilèges,” “La Rondine,” and “Street Scene” with the Varna International Festival in Bulgaria.
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