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The Great Baritones: From Lawrence Tibbet to Dmitri Hvorostovsky
Paul Offenkrantz

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Following the enthusiastic response to his lecture series on The Great Tenors, Cantor Offenkrantz returns to go “deeper” into the male vocal range with this new series. We will not only learn to identify and recognize the various sub-categories within the operatic baritone voice, but – through rare archival video footage and audio recordings – experience the thrill of many of the greatest baritones of the last 100 years including: Giuseppe di Luca, Tita Ruffo, Lawrence Tibbett, Gino Bechi, Leonard Warren, Tito Gobbi, Robert Merrill, Ettore Bastianini, Sherrill Milnes, Thomas Hampson, and many more.

1. Baritone...."Shmaritone": What's the Difference between a baryton-Martin and a Verdi Baritone? This session will explain.
2. The Italians: Giuseppe de Luca; Pasquale Amato; Tita Ruffo, Mattia Battistini, Tito Gobbi, Ettore Bastianini
3. The Americans: Lawrence Tibbett; Leonard Warren; Robert Merrill; Cornell MacNeil, Sherrill Milnes, Thomas Hampson
4. Baritones of the Globe: From Germany (Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau) to Finland (Peter Mattei) to Siberia (Dmitri Hvorostovsky)
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Paul Offenkrantz is a graduate of Oberlin College, attended the Yale School of Music and earned a Master of Sacred Music from Hebrew Union College where he was also ordained as a Cantor. In his distinguished career, he has served communities in New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and West Palm Beach. In recognition of his years of service, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Music degree from Hebrew Union College.

Paul began singing professionally on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera at the age of 9 and appeared in over 30 different operas at the MET over the course of five seasons. He has worked with Leonard Bernstein, James Levine, Richard Tucker, Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Jerome Robbins, George Balanchine and many other important artists.

Time: 11:15 am - 1:00 pm
Date: Fridays, January 15, 22, 29; February 5
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: Member advance registration - $37
Door price member/non-member - $55

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