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Nov. 1, 2006

Michele Crider, UI Alumna And Opera Star, Will Teach Master Class Nov. 15

Michele Crider, an alumna of the University of Iowa School of Music who has forged a stunning international operatic career for more than 10 years, will present a master class for current UI voice students at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, in Harper Hall of the UI Voxman Music Building.

The class, featuring UI graduate voice students Sarah Snydacker, Allison Holmes, Melinda Benson and Bryce Weber, will be free and open to the public.

Crider's visit to the UI campus is part of the School of Music's Centennial Celebration. In addition to presenting the master class, Crider will be one of four alumni soloists in a performance of Verdi's Requiem by the University of Iowa Symphony and Choruses, at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29, in Hancher Auditorium.

Other Verdi soloists, all currently enjoying active professional singing careers, will be Katharine Goeldner, mezzo-soprano; William Gabbard, tenor; and Kimm Julian, baritone. Timothy Stalter, UI director of choral activities, will conduct the performance.

Since 1991 Crider has been singing major roles for dramatic soprano in the world's great opera houses, including the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, San Francisco Opera, Los Angeles Opera, the Staatsoper Berlin, the state opera houses in Vienna, Munich, Berlin and Hamburg, the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the Arena di Verona, Rome, Zurich, Barcelona and Madrid.

She is also a successful concert artist, having appeared with orchestras including the London Symphony, the London Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, National Orchestra of Paris, Berlin Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic and Israel Philharmonic. She has performed with renowned conductors including Riccardo Muti, Daniel Barenboim, Zubin Mehta, James Levine, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Seiji Ozawa, Riccardo Chailly and Colin Davis.

Crider got her start in opera at the UI, where her very first operatic role, as Madame Butterfly, made an indelible impression on the audience. While a student at the UI she twice won the District Metropolitan Opera Auditions, and in 1988 she was the finalist of the Luciano Pavarotti competition. After appearing in leading roles in European opera houses, including the Vienna State Opera and the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, Crider made her American debut in 1996 in her signature role as Aida at the San Diego Opera.

Her Metropolitan Opera debut in February 1999, as Leonora in Verdi's "Il Trovatore," was the first of many performances she has given at the nation's top operatic venue. For details of Crider's professional career, photos and other information, visit her Web page at

Tickets for the Nov. 29 performance of Verdi's Requiem are available at the Hancher Auditorium box office.

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. You may visit the UI School of Music web site at

Established in 1906, the UI School of Music will celebrate its centennial throughout the 2006-07 academic year. The celebration will feature a series of concerts throughout the 2006-07 academic year, many of them presenting new compositions that were commissioned from UI alumni for the occasion. The concerts, including performances by UI faculty and many of the major ensembles of the School of Music, are listed on the Web at

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Peter Alexander, 319-384-0072; cell: 319-541-2846; PROGRAM CONTACT: Susan Sondrol Jones, 319-335-1654;

PHOTOS of Michele Crider are available at