Guest Recital featuring Peterson & Massey

The SNU School of Music will host husband-wife duo Susan Peterson, soprano, and George Massey, baritone, in a guest recital Sunday, March 7 at 3:00 p.m. in Cantrell Music Hall. Accompaniment is provided by pianist Marian Searle.

The concert program features a combination of solo and duet reportiere, including “Ov’e la voce la magica” by Vicenzo Bellini, “Mandoline” by Gabriel Faure, “Weg der Liebe” by Johannes Brahms, “It is enough” by Felix Mendelssohn, “ You’re the Top” by Cole Porter, and selections from Leonard Bernstein’s Arias and Barcarolles.

Internationally recognized as a professional opera singer, Susan Peterson, soprano, has combined dramatic and comic abilities, singing roles as diverse as Marguerite in Gounod’s FAUST and Ernestine in Offenbach’s MONSIEUR CHOUFLEURI. Highlights of her operatic career include leading roles in THE GRAND DUCHESS OF GEROLSTEIN with the New York City Opera, THE TURN OF THE SCREW and THE RAKE’S PROGRESS with the Washington Opera, L’EGISTO and L’HEURE ESPAGNOL with the Santa Fe Opera, and LES MAMELLES DE TIRESIAS with the St. Louis Opera. Peterson has appeared with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic in Berlioz’s NUITS D’ETE for the world premiere by Ballet Oklahoma, in addition to numerous U.S. and world premieres.

Peterson, a native Oklahoman, received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Oklahoma City University, where she studied voice with Inez Silberg. During post-graduate study at the Juilliard School, Peterson studied with such well-known vocal coaches as Peter Herman Adler, Madeleine Marshall, and Thomas Grubb.

As a teacher, Peterson has served as the Artistic Advisor and Vocal Coach for the Opera Department at Temple University in Philadelphia. Peterson is currently Associate Professor of Voice at Oklahoma City University where she teaches students majoring in Vocal Performance, Opera, and Musical Theater. Peterson is also a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and Pi Kappa Lambda music honor society.

George Massey, baritone, has appeared in more than four hundred performances of fifty-eight roles throughout America and Europe, including lead performances with many of America’s opera companies. Massey has appeared as soloist with such conductors as James Levine, Robert Shaw and Julius Rudel, and worked with famed directors Jean Pierre Ponnelle, Gian Carlo Menotti and Hal Prince. Massey has also shared the operatic stage with such names as Beverly Sills, Placido Domingo and Martina Arroyo. Upon a personal invitation from Gian-Carlo Menotti, Massey made his European debut in 1981 at Italy’s Spoleto Festival in a nationally telecast performance of Mendelssohn’s DIE ERSTE WALPURGISNACHT.

Massey received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Jacksonville University and his Master of Music degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Massey studied conducting with John Canarina, an Associate Conductor with the New York Philharmonic under Leonard Berstein.

Massey has served on the faculties of Wright State University, the University of Cincinnati and Temple University. Massey is currently Associate Professor of Voice at Oklahoma City University and Director of Music at Crown Heights United Methodist Church.

Admission is free. For further concert information, contact Rhonda Spear in the SNU School of Music at 405.491.6345 or e-mail rspear@snu.edu.