Trio of Juilliard Vocal Arts Live, Streamed Master Classes To Begin With Mezzo-Soprano Joyce DiDonato and Juilliard Singers on Friday, October 4 at Juilliard


Soprano and Juilliard Alumna Renee Fleming Works With Juilliard Singers on Thursday, February 13, 2014; Master Class With Bass-Baritone Eric Owens Takes Place on Thursday, May 1, 2014; WWW.JUILLIARD.EDU/LIVE Will Host The Streams; All Three Take Place 4-6 PM

Start Date

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Press Release Images

Joyce DiDonato (Photo by Sheila Rock)
Joyce DiDonato (Photo by Sheila Rock)
Soprano Deanna Breiwick with Joyce DiDonato (Photo by Nan Melville)
Soprano Deanna Breiwick with Joyce DiDonato (Photo by Nan Melville)


The Juilliard School will host a trio of master classes with three of today’s outstanding operatic performers working with singers from The Juilliard School, to be streamed online live to audiences around the world. Mezzo-Soprano Joyce DiDonato begins the series with a master class on Friday, October 4; soprano and Juilliard alumna Renée Fleming’s master class with Juilliard singers takes place on Thursday, February 4, 2014; bass-baritone Eric Owens and the Juilliard singers will be streamed on Thursday, May 1, 2014.

     All three streamed classes take place between 4 – 6pm, and will be hosted on the Juilliard website’s streaming channel at www.juilliard.edu/live.

The October 4 master class by Joyce DiDonato will be her second such live-streamed event at Juilliard. Her first well-received class took place last January, with four Juilliard singers, followed by a frank and lively Q&A session that incorporated questions and comments from a small invited audience, as well as those submitted online (see excerpt). Her only other New York appearance this Fall will be with James Levine and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra performing Rossini and Mozart at Carnegie Hall, on Sunday, October 13. Four Juilliard singers have been selected to participate in this season’s October 4 master class. They are mezzo-sopranos Avery Amereau and Lacey Jo Benter, and baritones Szymon Komasa and Emmett O’Hanlon. Repertoire will be announced later. Ms. DiDonato will again conclude the afternoon with a period for questions and answers.

Juilliard Patrons comprise the invited audience for these master classes in an intimate setting. If you would like information about becoming a Juilliard Patron, please visit Juilliard’s website at Juilliard Membership.

About Mezzo-Soprano Joyce DiDonato

Winner of the 2012 Grammy Award for Best Classical Vocal Solo, Kansas-born Joyce DiDonato entrances audiences and critics alike across the globe, soaring to international prominence in operas by Rossini, Handel and Mozart, and as a fierce arts advocate. 

     Ms. DiDonato’s acclaimed discography includes Grammy-Award-winning Diva Divo, Drama Queens, and ReJoyce! – a retrospective of her first ten years of recordings, released last month (Erato/Warner Classics).  Other prizes include a Gramophone Award (Artist of the Year), a place in the Gramophone Hall of Fame, and a German Echo Klassik Award (Female Singer of the Year).

     Recent engagements include the Last Night of the Proms 2013 (Royal Albert Hall) with the BBC Symphony Orchestra led by Juilliard alumna Marin Alsop (see excerpt), the title role of Maria Stuarda (Metropolitan Opera), Elena La donna del lago (Covent Garden/Santa Fe), and Romeo I Capuleti e i Montecchi (San Francisco/Munich).  Highlights this season include I Capuleti e i Montecchi (Kansas City), Cendrillon (Barcelona), La Clemenza di Tito (Chicago), Angelina in La Cenerentola (Metropolitan Opera), and the title role of Maria Stuarda (Covent Garden). 


About the Juilliard Singers –

Mezzo-Soprano Avery Amereau is in her first year of Juilliard’s master of music degree program, studying with Edith Wiens. Originally from Jupiter, Florida, she attended the Dreyfoos School of the Arts before attending Mannes College, The New School for Music for her undergraduate degree. Ms. Amereau has worked with many prominent artists in both concert repertoire and master classes, and is the recipient of the Anna Case Mackay, Philo Higley, and Salvatore Chiantia Scholarships. 

Mezzo-Soprano Lacey Jo Benter is completing studies at Juilliard in the Artist Diploma program in Opera Studies at Juilliard, where she works with Marlena Malas. Ms. Benter received her master of music degree from Juilliard in 2011, and attended Lawrence University as an undergraduate. She was seen last season in the Juilliard Opera production of Riders to the Sea by Vaughan Williams, and previously in Copland’s The Tender Land, Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites and Les mamelles de Tirésias, and Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi. In 2011, she appeared with the New York Philharmonic as the Woodpecker in their concert-opera production of Janáček's The Cunning Little Vixen, and also has sung at Virginia’s Castleton Festival and Central City Opera in Colorado. At Juilliard, Ms. Benter is a recipient of the Regina Sarfaty Rickless and Miriam Sarfaty Babin Voice Scholarship, the Michael L. Brunetti Memorial Scholarship in Voice, the Alice Tully Scholarship, and an award from the Hardesty & Beverley Peck Johnson Fund.

Baritone Szymon Komasa is a student of Edith Wiens in the first year of Juilliard’s Artist Diploma program in Opera Studies. He is originally from Poznań, near Warsaw, Poland and studied at the Academy of Music in Łódź, where he graduated with honors in 2009 in both cello and vocal studies. He continued his studies at the Guildhall School in London before entering Juilliard, where he is a recipient of support from the Juilliard Scholarship Fund. Mr. Komasa has performed in concert and on the opera stage in the U.K., Italy, Germany, and Poland, and has won first prize at both the Puccini International Singing Competition in Verona and the Halina Halska-Fijałkowska Vocal Competition in Wrocław. He also has been heard in the 2011 animated drama, Sala samobójców  (Suicide Room), written and directed by Mr. Komasa’s brother, Jan Komasa.

New York City native, Baritone Emmett O’Hanlon is completing the second year of his master of music degree program studying with Dr. Robert C. White, Jr., and recently took part in the Juilliard in Paris project, sponsored by the Edmond de Rothschild Foundation. He was seen last season in both productions of Juilliard Opera’s double bill, Britten’s Curlew River and Riders to the Sea by Vaughan Williams, and is scheduled to perform in the Metropolitan Opera’s workshop production of The Sorrows of Frederick later this season. Mr. O’Hanlon received his bachelor of music degree from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, and has been a soloist with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. He also has been an apprentice in the Bel Canto Young Artist Mentoring Program at Caramoor.


2013-14 Master Class Schedule on www.juilliard.edu/live

Up to four singers from the Ellen and James S. Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts at Juilliard will work with each of these artists, followed by a Q&A from the audience as time allows.


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4, 4 – 6pm                          


Mezzo-Soprano Joyce DiDonato works with mezzo-sopranos Avery Amereau and Lacey Jo Benter; baritones Szymon Komasa and Emmett O’Hanlon.


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2014, 4 – 6pm    

Soprano and Juilliard Alumna Renée Fleming works with

Juilliard singers to be announced


THURSDAY, MAY 1, 2014, 4 – 6pm 

Bass-Baritone Eric Owens works with Juilliard singers to be announced