Bienen Ensembles

Russell Thomas Vocal Master Class

Wednesday, March 2, 2022 at 7:00pm

Galvin Recital Hall

Part of the Tichio-Finnie Vocal Master Class Series 

Yasuko Oura, piano

With a “heroically shining tone of exceptional clarity and precision” (Opera Magazine) and “gorgeously burnished power” (New York Times), tenor Russell Thomas uses his signature elegance and intensity to create vivid character portrayals on the world’s most important stages. The 2021-22 season sees his return to some of his most celebrated roles: Florestan in Fidelio at San Francisco Opera, Cavaradossi in Tosca at Lyric Opera of Chicago, Radames in Aida at Los Angeles Opera, and as the title character in Verdi’s Otello at Royal Opera House Covent Garden. He serves as artist in residence at Los Angeles Opera, where he plays a substantial role in planning and casting, hosts and curates the company’s After Hours recital series, and has spearheaded new training programs designed to serve outstanding singers from historically Black colleges and universities and Los Angeles public high school students from underserved communities. In this master class, he coaches Bienen School voice and opera program students.

Giacomo Puccini, "Donde lieta uscì" from La bohème
Ellen Robertson, soprano

Gioachino Rossini, "Deh! ti ferma, ti placa" from Semiramide
Joseph Hack, bass

Gustav Mahler, "Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen" from Rückert Lieder
Norah Wolfe, contralto

Francesco Cilèa, "È la solita storia del pastore" ("Lamento di Federico") from L'Arlesiana
Nathaniel Bear, tenor

Giuseppe Verdi, "Addio, del passato" from La traviata
Helaine Liebman, soprano

Tickets are $10 for the general public and $5 for students with valid ID.

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Mary B. Galvin Recital Hall


70 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208
United States

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Located in the Ryan Center for the Musical Arts, this 400-seat hall features a 40-foot glass wall offering views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline. Undulating walls of Forest Stewardship Council–certified wood, covered with a thin layer of African moabi wood, provide optimal acoustics, and the hall is equipped with state-of-the-art sound and video equipment for recording.