|Music Alumna and opera soprano Carol Vaness will present a master class on June 8 at 3:30 p.m. in the Music Recital Hall.|
Music Alumna and operatic soprano Carol Vaness will present a master class on Wednesday, June 8, at 3:30 p.m. in the Music Recital Hall. The event is free, but there is limited seating so reservations are recommended. To reserve a space, call (909) 869-3554 or visit www.class.cpp.edu/mu/emailticketrequest.html.
American soprano Vaness's illustrious career has encompassed regular appearances at all the world's major opera houses, collaborations with today's foremost conductors in operatic and symphonic repertoire, a distinguished catalogue of recordings, and frequent television broadcasts in Europe and North America. Her interpretations of Mozart's dramatic heroines have been hailed as definitive, and the scope and range of her voice and dramatic prowess have allowed her to command a repertoire of exceptional breadth and versatility.
Having sung dozens of roles since her 1984 debut with the Metropolitan Opera, the Upland-based singer is perhaps best known for her signature role as Floria Tosca, the lead character in Puccinis opera “Tosca,” which she has performed all over the world.
Vaness earned a bachelor's degree in music from Cal Poly Pomona in 1974.
Booked through 2008 in several major roles for a number of top-tier opera companies, Vaness will be performing the major role of the Marschallin of Werdenberg in Richard Strauss' “Der Rosenkavalier” this summer in Seattle.
Vaness also makes time to teach children the fine art of opera performance.
“Singers careers are getting shorter and shorter these days, and I'm trying to elongate the careers of these kids by getting them started now,” she says, adding that its important for them to learn from someone who's in the thick of daily performances. “The business has changed, and theres a lot of MTV stuff going on, but there are a lot of things that young singers can benefit from through the study of opera.”
Recently, a group of alumni and students met with Vaness for an exclusive pre-opera backstage tour before her performance as the lead in “Vanessa” at the San Diego Opera. The meeting was part of the Cal Poly Pomona Alumni Association's “A Night at the San Diego Opera.”