Noted Operatic Tenor to Present Master Class


American tenor Roy Cornelius Smith will present a vocal master class at the NIU School of Music on Friday, October 7. The master class will be held in the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and is free of charge and open to the public.

Six NIU vocal students will participate in the master class, which is hosted by NIU School of Music faculty member Myron Myers. Mr. Smith and the students will be accompanied by NIU piano professor William Koehler.

Roy Cornelius Smith is fast becoming known for his voice of great natural beauty, his compelling dramatic interpretations, and his outstanding musicianship. He has been heard on some of the world's great operatic stages including the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala Milan, Salzburger Festspiele, Volksoper Wien, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and the New Israeli Opera. He has also appeared with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Orchestra del Teatro Carlo Felice, Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal and with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Roy Cornelius Smith's recent appearances includes his return to Deutsche Oper Berlin to reprise the role of Calaf in Turandot, his debut with New York City Opera as Haman in Esther, Radames in Aida with Opera Birmingham, Erik in Der Fliegende Holländer with New Orleans Opera, and an appearance as the featured soloist in a holiday concert with Signature Symphony. He appeared as soloist in Verdi's Requiem with the Eugene Symphony; as De Grieux in Manon Lescaut with New Orleans Opera, in a program titled "Viva Verdi" for Toledo Opera, and as soloist in Beethoven's Missa Solemnis with the Minnesota Symphony Orchestra as well as Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra.

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