Westminster College to Welcome Hugo Vera from Metropolitan Opera for Recital, Master Class

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College Department of Music will welcome Hugo Vera, a tenor from the Metropolitan Opera, April 9 from 2-3:30 p.m. in the Wallace Memorial Chapel. Vera will be perform and present a master class. This event is open to the public.

Vera has performed in 34 roles and 20 choral orchestral works with distinguished companies in the U.S. as part of his musical and artistic development of the full lyric and spinto tenor repertoire. In addition to the Metropolitan Opera, he has sung with the New York City Opera, Illinois Symphony and Chorus, Opera Memphis, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Glimmerglass Opera, Aspen Opera Theatre, The Minnesota Opera, and more. Vera has also performed at the Aspen Music Festival and the Tanglewood Music Festival.

In February, Vera made his Carnegie Hall solo debut performing in Funeral Processional. Upcoming performances include as Alfredo in La Traviata with Center City Opera, and as Azael in L'enfant Prodigue with the Charleston Chamber Opera.

Vera earned his undergraduate degree in music from the University of Utah and master of music and Ph.D. in musical arts from the University of Kansas. Dr. Robin Lind, Westminster College associate professor of music and director of choral activities, met Vera while earning her Ph.D. in music education at the University of Utah. They connected again 10 years later when Vera performed at Westminster College 12 years ago with the choir from the University of Kansas, which was directed by Westminster College alumnus Dr. John Paul Johnson.

"I attended the concert and recognized Hugo Vera singing in the choir," Lind said. "It was fun meeting him again. Then last spring, he sang a leading role with Pittsburgh Opera and did an outstanding job. I invited him to come to Westminster to sing and work with the students here. I'm really proud of what he has accomplished and am excited to have him here."

In addition to his performance at Westminster, Vera will also spend that Monday and Tuesday working with students, and attending classes and choral rehearsals.

Contact Lind at (724) 946-7278 or email for additional information.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster is a top-tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 377 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.


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