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Opera, piano masterclasses on tap for February

Loyola press release - January 21, 2014

French opera sensation François Le Roux and world-renowned Russian pianist Lilya Zilberstein will present free masterclasses in February at Loyola University New Orleans. These classes afford Loyola students the opportunity to perform and receive professional feedback in preparation for music careers. Both events are free and open to the public.

Le Roux’s opera masterclass is Wednesday, Feb. 5 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Opera Guild Home, located at 2504 Prytania Street in New Orleans. Zilberstein’s class is Saturday, Feb. 8 at 10 a.m. in the Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall, located in the Communications/Music Complex on Loyola’s main campus.

An internationally acclaimed baritone, Le Roux is most renowned for his portrayal of Pelléas in Claude Debussy's “Pelléas et Mélisande,” first singing the role in 1985 and being hailed by critics as “the greatest Pelléas of his generation.” He debuted with the Paris Opera in 1988 and has since performed with all of the major European opera houses. His vast repertoire includes Baroque and contemporary operas, as well as works by Mozart and a variety of Italian composers. Le Roux will sing the role of Pandolfe in the New Orleans Opera Association’s production of Jules Massenet’s “Cinderella” at the Mahalia Jackson Theater Friday, Feb. 14 and Sunday, Feb. 16.

Since winning first prize in the 1987 Busoni International Piano Competition, Zilberstein has established herself as one of the finest pianists in the world. She has performed with the top international orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Pacific Symphony, Belgrade Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony, Moscow Philharmonic, La Scala Orchestra, Taipei Symphony and the Vienna Symphony, among many others. Zilberstein will perform Sergei Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra at the First Baptist Church in Covington, La., Friday, Feb. 7 and the Mahalia Jackson Theatre in New Orleans, Saturday, Feb. 8.

The Zilberstein masterclass is part of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra Masterclass Series at Loyola, which previously featured a wide range of world-renowned musicians, including violinist Karen Gomyo, Italian pianist Benedetto Lupo and LPO Principal Conductor and Music Director Carlos Miguel Prieto. Organist Paul Jacobs and violinist Philippe Quint will present classes later this semester.