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Acclaimed opera singer presents vocal masterclass at Loyola

October 21, 2011

World-renowned opera singer Gordon Hawkins will present a vocal masterclass at Loyola University New Orleans on Friday, Nov. 4 at 4:30 p.m. in Room 230 of the Communications/Music Complex, on the corner of St. Charles Avenue and Calhoun Street. The event is part of the Montage Fine and Performing Arts Series and is free and open to the public.

Hawkins is critically acclaimed throughout the world for his in-depth interpretations and luxuriant baritone voice. He has been heard on the Live BBC Radio broadcast with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall, as well as “Live from the Metropolitan Opera” broadcasts earlier in his career in “La Bohème” with Placido Domingo and “Un Ballo in Maschera” with Luciano Pavarotti. Hawkins will also perform as Renato in New Orleans Opera’s November production of Giuseppe Verdi’s “A Masked Ball.”

“I look forward to returning to the great city of New Orleans, a city steeped in cultural diversity and historical significance,” said Hawkins. “I am particularly pleased to be working with two of the city's most prestigious institutions, namely the New Orleans Opera and Loyola University New Orleans.”

Hawkins was a winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and the Luciano Pavarotti International Vocal Competition, and has since worked under the baton of such notable conductors as James Levine, Sir Charles Mackerras, Julius Rudel, Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, Lucas Foss, Nello Santi, Marcello Viotti, and Yves Abel.

For more information, contact Jess Brown in Loyola’s Office of Public Affairs at jlbrown@loyno.edu or call 504-861-5882.

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