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Jan. 9, 2007

Alumnus Kyle Ketelsen Will Present Vocal Master Class, Demonstration Jan. 18

Kyle Ketelsen, an alumnus of the University of Iowa School of Music whose international operatic singing career has included acclaimed performances at the Metropolitan Opera in New York and Covent Garden in London, will present a master class for UI voice students at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, in Room 1077 (the Choral Room) of the UI Voxman Music Building. The public is welcome to observe, free of charge.


At the beginning of the class, Ketelsen will sing two bass arias, then coach several student singers and answer questions. Ketlesen will sing King Rene's aria from Tchaikovsky's "Iolanta" and an aria from Gounod's "Faust," accompanied by pianist Marian Lee.

"It will be my pleasure to give a little back to the UI," Ketelsen said. "This is definitely a milestone in one's career!"

Ketelsen sings regularly with the world's leading opera companies and orchestras. Following his return to the Royal Opera, Covent Garden as Figaro under Sir Colin Davis, he began the 2006/7 season with the opening night of the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Esa-Pekka Salonen. He toured Europe with Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra in a Mozart anniversary year program. This was followed by his debut with the Cleveland Orchestra and his San Francisco Opera debut as Escamillo in Carmen.

Ketelsen has also earned critical acclaim for performances with the major American theaters. His Metropolian Opera debut was as Angelotti in "Tosca." Other recent performances were at the Lyric Opera of Chicago as Masetto in a new production of "Don Giovanni," appearing alongside Bryn Terfel, Karita Mattila and Susan Graham; Mozart's "Figaro" at the New York City Opera; Leporello in "Don Giovanni" with Glimmerglass Opera and Michigan Opera Theater; Escamillo in "Carmen" with Washington National Opera, Opera Theater of St. Louis, Michigan Opera Theater, the Teatro Real, Madrid and Orlando Opera; and his debut performances as Mephistopheles in Gounod's "Faust" with Michigan Opera Theater.

Writing in Opera News, Jess Anderson observed, "Far and away the most commanding performance was that of bass-baritone Kyle Ketelsen as Leporello. He has a naturally beautiful, superbly trained voice, rich and clear at the low end, smooth and flexible in the middle range and effortless at the top. Good as his sound was, his acting was better. Ketelsen fully realized the role. He was rewarded at the curtain-call by an uninhibited outburst of cheering and a standing ovation."

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