New Book: Master Singers: Advice from the Stage

 Oxford University Press (the world’s largest university press, known for “excellence, tradition and innovation”) has asked me to do a book of interviews with well-known and celebrated opera singers on the art of singing.  This book, Master Singers: Advice from the Stage, is an exciting opportunity to provide singers with invaluable insights from great artists. The book will be co-written with Lucy Mauro. The book will be published  December 2014 and appear both in print and on line.

 

OPERA

 

Operatic and concert lyric tenor Donald George has performed at the famous La Scala, in Milan, Italy, the Opéra Bastille, Théâtre Champs Élysée and Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, Royal Opéra of Brussels, Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the State Operas of Berlin, Hamburg and Vienna, the Liceu in Barcelona, the Fenice in Venice, the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, and the Festivals of Salzburg, Donesk (Ukraine), Santa Fe (USA), Jerusalem (Israel), Istanbul, Perth (Australia), and Blossom USA.   He has sung with conductors Leonard Bernstein, Kurt Masur, Yehudi Menuhin, Jeffry Tate, Vladimir Jurowski, and Simone Young. He has worked, for example, with prominent stage directors such as Oscar winner John Schlesinger, Festival de Cannes participant Mario Martone, Kyoto Prize winner William Kenntridge, John Dew, Bayreuth Ring director Harry Kupfer or Laurence Olivier Prize winner Yannis Kokkos.   Reviews of Donald George speak of his “pleasing tenor sound, vocally reliable in all challenges” (Verdi Requiem-Metropolitan Opera News), “A success for La Scala all possess a superb technique, and are consummate actors…including Donald George” (Peter Grimes-Corriere della Sera), "Donald George provides Candide with a supple, beautiful toned lyricism-His Lament is one of the highlights of the performance" (Candide-Münchner Merkur – Munich, Germany a DVD was made from this performance of Candide) Donald George is also part of the performance group DuoDrama (DuoDrama.net) with pianist Lucy Mauro. They perform concerts, multi-media Liederabend, lecture recitals and Masterclasses in addition to recording, receiving reviews such as: “the performances were stellar” (Unfeigned Coffee Fiend, Bill Boone), “A wonderful ensemble and totally engaging” (MTNA National Conference).

 

 

RECORDINGS

 

Donald George has recorded for Sony, Delos, Naxos, Phillips Classic, Teldec, Discover International, and Bavarain Radio, among others, including Mendelssohn's Elijah, Verdi's Requiem and Rossini's Aureliano in Palmira and Le Nozze di Teti e Peleo (the world premiere recording).  His recording of Schubert's Die Schoene Muellerin was described as "An absolute must." (Music Mosaic).   The latest CDs of Donald and Lucy are a two-volume set of the songs of the forgotten American composer Margaret Ruthven Lang. Donald has researched this once prominent composer and presents 50 of her most beautiful songs. The CD, LOVE IS EVERYWHERE was released by Delos in January 2011 and includes a companion CD-R of the scores and  informative material, making these songs available for the first time since their original publication.  This CD was selected for the second round of Grammy nominations and also selected as Recording of the Year 2011 by MusicWeb International.  Volume II NEW LOVE MUST RISE appeared to much acclaim in February 2012.  Other CD projects of DuoDrama with Lucy Mauro and Delos International are the songs of Mathilde von Kralik, the music of Irish composer Mary McAuliffe with various choral and vocal works,  and the collected choral works of Margaret Ruthven Lang entitled From the Heart of Me being recorded at The Crane School of Music. 

 

ACADEMIA

Donald George is a full Professor of Vocal Music at The Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, was Guest Artist in Residence at West Virginia University, Morgantown  and named Honored Professor at Shenyang Conservatory in China. He has also taught at the Bayerische Theaterakademie (Bavarian Theater Academy) in Munich, Germany, and the Hochschule in Hanover. 

 

Donald George has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards including an individual Title III Strengthening Institutions Grant from the U.S. Department of Education for his proposal to incorporate undergraduate research into an existing course design. He also received various Individual Development Grants from SUNY for his work with the Shenyang Conservatory of Music in Shenyang, China and other projects. His research projects with students have won Potsdam Kilmer Awards and national awards for presentation at the NCUR National Conferences:  The Music of the Esterházy Palace and Family, Patrons of the Arts: Rediscovering the Songs and Arias of Joseph Weigl; Humor in Music: Finding the Jokes in the Notes, a Study of Music and Humor through 200 Years of Styles and Cultures, Heinrich Heine, "Du bist wie eine Blume": Transcending Borders, Cultures and Time, and the current Teresa e Gianfaldoni of Donizetti: Recreating an Opera for the Twenty-first Century in LaCrosse, University of Wisconsin.

 

Donald George is active in the College Music Society where he is a board member for performance with the Northeastern Chapter and has recently founded the first CMS Student Chapter in the North East Chapter. He will also host the regional conference at Crane in 2014. He frequently presents workshops, lecture-recitals and other programs at other universities nationally and internationally and at regional and national conferences; including the 2008 MTNA National Conference in Denver (voted a "highlight" in American Music Teacher) and the 2009 CMS National Conference in Portland, 2009 MTNA Atlanta National Conference, WVMTA (Virginia) State Conference where he was a conference artist, and NYSMTA state conferences in 2010 and 2011, among many others.  His publications include recent articles for Die Tonkunst (Germany), American Music Teacher, Society of American Music Bulletin, NOA Opera Journal, Symposium (CMS) and Classical SingerNew Book: Master Singers: Advice from the Stage Oxford University Press has contracted Donald George to do a book of interviews with well-known and celebrated opera singers on the art of singing.  This book, Master Singers: Advice from the Stage, is an exciting opportunity to provide singers with invaluable insights from great artists. The book will appear in January of 2014.

 

 

PERFORMANCES

 

Highlights of the 2012-2013 performance seasons for Donald include Handel’s Messiah and Beethoven 9 with the Orchestra of North New York, Bach Cantata Number 172 in Bad Wiessee, Germany; a New Year's concert with the Nuremberg Philharmonic, a tour of Carmina Burana with the Symphony Heilbrunn, Verdi's Requiem in Ingolstadt, Germany for the 50th Anniversary of the Mottetenchor, a recital at the Esterházy Festival lin Eisenstadt, Austria and Bangkok, Thailand as well as throughout the US, among others.

 

Donald is married to the former  Evelyn Edwards from Hammond, Louisiaina, who is a music director of the Munich International School in Germany. Her choirs have performed with Celine Dion, Cher, and David Hasselhof and recorded with other prominent musicians.  They have two daughters, Kelly and Meggie George, who is also a singer and song writer.

 

 

 

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