Vocal Master Classes
Concert Artists International™
Vocal Master Classes
World Renowned Singers and Professors Rick Christman and Ruth Falcon
RICK CHRISTMAN, Acclaimed Tenor and Professor of Voice at Catholic University of America
July 10 & 11, 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm
RUTH FALCON, Acclaimed Soprano and Professor of Voice at Mannes College of Music
July 12, 1:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Venue: The National Opera Center, New York City
This is a great opportunity to be coached by two of the greatest vocal teachers in the country.
Space is limited. For more information and to apply as a performer, please email email@example.com.
Rick Christman . . .. a spectacularly gifted tenor” Zakariasen New York Daily News.
Rick Christman has performed in every venue at New York’s Lincoln Center and his performances have thrilled audiences throughout Switzerland, Germany, and Austria. Of his singing of the murderish role of Arnoldo in Rossini’s “William Tell” the Salzburger Nachtrichten wrote, “Rick Christman’s singing rose to mesmerizing and in the famous final act aria, he blazed forth the numerous high C’s of the cabaletta singing with full, round, and flowing tones.”
Mr. Christman studied under the tutelage of famed tenors Enrico Di Giuseppe, John Alexander, and Franco Corelli. Early engagements included New York’s Bel Canto Opera and the Bronx Opera, before being engaged by the New York City Opera, Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and the Metropolitan Opera. Subsequently he was engaged by the Opernhaus Zurich in Zurich Switzerland to understudy Salvatore Fisichella in the role of Arnoldo in Rossini's “William Tell” . It was in that capacity that he made his European opera debut on one hour’s notice, singing under the baton of conductor Nello Santi, with La Scala artists Maria Chiara and Giorgio Zancanaro in the title role. Due to the success of that performance, he went on to sing Arnoldo in several European opera houses.
Before returning to the United States, the tenor had performed over 50 roles including Romeo, Rodolfo, Caramello, Alphonse, Alfredo, Fenton, Tamino, Almaviva, and had established himself as a concert artist throughout Austria with the Bruckner Orchestra.
He has studied and/or sung under the baton of such conductors as James Levine, Nello Santi, Nikolaus Hanoncourt, Georg Solti, Antonio Pappano, and Ignace Strasfogel. He has worked with many prominent stage directors including Tito Copobianco, Andrew Porter, Frank Corsaro, August Everding, Hal Prince, Peter Sellars, Daniel Schmid, and Franco Zeffirelli and sung with such famous singing artists as as Luciano Pavorotti, Placido Domingo, Alfredo Kraus, Jon Vickers, Carlo Bergonzi, Joan Sutherland, Maria Chiara, Kiri Te Kanawa, Monserrat Caballe, Margaret Price, Michele Crider, Sherrill Milnes, and Giorgio Zancanaro.
Mr. Christman has been recorded by Condor Features singing the role of Arnoldo in “Guglielmo Tell” and can be heard singing in ZDF’s Television Production recording of the world premiere of "Kohlhaas", Vestron Motion Picture’s “China Girl”.
Mr. Christman is in very high demand as a voice teacher and maintains a voice studio in New York City while on the Voice faculty at the Catholic University of America’s Benjamin T. Rome School of Music. His students perform throughout North America and Europe and continue to win major vocal competitions.
Ruth Falcon, a great American operatic soprano, graduated from Loyola University of the South (BM, in 1964) and Tulane University (MFA, in 1971) and appeared with the New Orleans Opera Association as Frasquita in Carmen, in 1968, opposite Norman Treigle as Escamillo. She made her debut with the New York City Opera as Micaëla in that same opera, in 1974. She went on to appear as the Contessa Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro and Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, with the City Opera. She studied with Marinka Gurewich in New York City.
She sang the first of her eleven appearances with the Metropolitan Opera in 1989, as the Empress in Die Frau ohne Schatten. In 1992, the soprano portrayed Chrysothemis in Elektra (conducted by James Levine), and, in 1996, sang the title role in Turandot (with Angela Gheorghiu as Liù). In the Met's 1996-97 season, she made her final operatic appearances, as Gertrud in Hänsel und Gretel (with Jennifer Larmore and Dawn Upshaw, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis), a performance that was broadcast.
Falcon has also appeared at Covent Garden, Paris Opéra, Wiener Staatsoper, Bayerische Staatsoper, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Teatro la Fenice, Teatro Colón, Opéra de Monte-Carlo, and Aix-en-Provence Festival.
Her discography includes a recording of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, conducted by Lord Menuhin (1990). Falcon has become a highly successful pedagogue, and, as of 2011, is on the faculty of The New School's Mannes School of Music. Among her celebrated students are Ainhoa Arteta, Danielle de Niese, Sondra Radvanovsky, and Deborah Voigt.
Ruth Falcon is a professor at Mannes College of Music and has trained some of the best singers in the world.