Internationally renowned Opera Duo to appear at Southern Nazarene University


     (BETHANY, OKLA.) --- Internationally renowned bass-baritone and Southern Nazarene University (SNU) alumnus, Robert Hale, and Ms. Julie Davis, a lyric coloratura soprano who is completing her second season with the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California where she has worked closely with Marilyn Horne and Warren Jones, will present a special summer recital of sacred, romantic secular favorites and operatic arias at 7:30 p.m., Friday, August 14, in Cantrell Recital Hall on the SNU campus.

A fixture in the opera houses of Europe, England and the United States, Mr. Hale has long been recognized as one of the leading Wagnerian interpreters of Wotan/Wanderer in Wagner’s The Ring Cycle and The Flying Dutchman. Robert won the Singer of the Year Competition while a graduate student at OU. He began his career as vocal instructor at SNU in the early Sixties, became a recitalist, and later made his debut with the New York City Opera. He is also known for his sacred performances with the late Dean Wilder.

Since those early days he has performed in major opera houses around the world including the Vienna State Opera, London’s Covent Garden Royal Opera, La Scala, Paris Opera, Deutsche Opera Berlin, San Francisco Opera, Copenhagen Royal Opera, the Bolshoi of Moscow, and the Metropolitan Opera in New York with James Levine and Placido Domingo. Robert’s career reached a new level in 2005 while performing at the Bolshoi, when he was awarded the coveted Golden Mask, the most prestigious performance award for his portrayal in the title role in The Flying Dutchman.

Ms. Davis is a graduate of Baylor University and the University of Oklahoma. In 2008, she won the Singer of the Year Competition at the National Association of Teachers of Singing Conference, and was a finalist in the Marilyn Horne Foundation Competition.

Other accolades include 2007 First Place MET Tulsa winner, First Place winner of the Benton-Schmidt Scholarship at the University of Oklahoma, First Place winner of the Naftzger Wichita Symphony Competition, and was chosen to sing at the Marilyn Horne Foundation Festival at Carnegie’s Weill Hall.

In the 2008 season at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California she sang ‘Rita Billingsley’ in A Wedding by William Bolcom under the baton of New York City Opera’s George Manahan, and has performed ‘Lucia’ in the Act II duet with Lord Enrico from Lucia di Lammermoor in the Music Academy scenes program.

Julie enjoys performing concert repertoire and her concert credits include: Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Psalm 115, Handel’s Messiah, Faure’s Requiem, Mozart’s Vesperae de Confessore, and Beethoven’s Choral Fantasia. In September 2009, Ms. Davis is scheduled with the Santa Barbara Opera for the world premiere of Stephen Schwartz’s Séance on a Wet Afternoon.

Assisting these world-class soloists is Ovid Young, long-time friend, conductor, arranger and accomplished concert pianist for Mr. Hale.

Individual tickets may be purchased through the SNU School of Music at $15.00 beginning August 5, by calling 491-6345, or may be purchased at the door. For Patron information, contact J. Michael Crabtree in the SNU Office of University Advancement at 491-6313.

Proceeds will be applied to the Mr. and Mrs. John Hale Memorial Voice Scholarship and the Robert Hale Strings Scholarship supporting the SNU School of Music.