BETHANY, OK - Internationally acclaimed bass-baritone Robert Hale will be in concert in Cantrell Music Hall on the campus of Southern Nazarene University at 6729 Northwest 39th Expressway in Bethany, OK. on Tuesday, October 7 at 7:30 p.m.
Winning the National Singer of theYear award during his graduate work at Oklahoma University, he began his career as a concert recitalist, which opened doors for appearances with the world's major orchestras, as well as his debut with the New York City Opera, where he sang leading roles before establishing a European based international career.
He has appeared at the world's most renowned opera houses, including the New York Metropolitan Opera, Berlin Deutsche Opera, Covent Garden Royal Opera House of London, Teatro La Scala,Milan, Vienna State Opera, Grand Liceu Barcelona, Paris Chatelet, Munich State Opera, Hamburg State Opera, San Francisco Opera, Copenhagen Royal Opera, Helsinki Opera, Sydney Opera and the Bolshoi of Moscow.
European festivals appearances include Salzburg Festspiele, Ravenna, Italy, Lausanne, Munich, and Savonlinna, Finland. In addition, appearances at American festivals include Tanglewood, Ravinia, Chautauqua, Cincinnati, and Wolf Trap.
He has made numerous appearances in the leading concert halls of the world including Carnegie Hall, London's Barbican Center and Prince Albert Hall, Vienna's Vereinsaal, Berlin Philharmonie, Sydney, and Tokyo.
He is best known for his role interpretations of Wotan/Wanderer in Wagner's Ring Cycle and The Flying Dutchman, which he has sung in most major opera houses of the world. At the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow in 2005, he received the Golden Mask Award, the most prestigious Russian performance award, for his portrayal of the title role in The Flying Dutchman.
He appears on the Cleveland Orchestra compact disc recording of Das Rheingold and Die Walkuere with Christoph Von Dohnanyi, as well as The Flying Dutchman with Dohnanyi conducting the Vienna Philharmonie. He is also featured in the role of Wotan/Wanderer on the live Munich Ring video recording as well as a live video recording of The Flying Dutchman both with Wolfgang Sawallisch conducting.
Mr. Hale's discography also includes Handel's Messiah with Sir John Elliot Gardiner, Verdi's Requiem and Schumann's Das Paradies und die Peri with Giuseppe Sinopoli. In addition, Mr. Hale appears as Jochanaan in the Chandos 1998 recording of Salome. He also has recorded a compact disc called a Song of Love with Inga Nielsen for EMI Classics, singing love songs from Broadway musicals.
Hale was born in Texas and spent his childhood in Louisiana. His family moved to Oklahoma where he attended high school and Southern Nazarene University, the University of Oklahoma, and later Boston University and New England Conservatory of Music.
The concert is free and open to the public. Call the Southern Nazarene University School of Music at 405-491-6345 to confirm all events.
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