Phyllis Curtin

Dean Emerita, College of Fine Arts, 1991.

phylliscurtin_146x101BA, Wellesley College; MusD (hon.), New England Conservatory, Marshall University, Salem College, West Virginia University; Doctor of Humane Letters (hon.), Albertus Magnus College. Town Hall recital debut, 1950; New York City Opera debut, 1953, in U.S. premiere of Von Einem’s The Trial; artist–in–residence, Aspen Music Festival, 1953–57; title role, Susannah (Floyd), world premiere, 1955; title role, Medea (Milhaud), U.S. premiere, 1955; world premiere, Wuthering Heights (Floyd), 1958; leading soprano, Vienna Staatsoper, 1960–62; leading soprano, Metropolitan Opera, 1961–74; world premiere, Passion of Jonathan Wade (Floyd), 1962; U.S. premiere, War Requiem (Britten), Boston Symphony Orchestra, Erich Leinsdorf, cond., 1963; world premiere, La Mère Coupable (Milhaud), 1966 (Geneva); U.S. premiere, Shostakovich, Symphony No. 14, Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy, cond., 1971. Numerous appearances with major orchestras, opera houses, festivals, and in recital throughout the U.S. and abroad; Artist–in–residence, teacher of the Phyllis Curtin Seminar and Vocal Fellows, Berkshire Music Center, 1964–present. Professor of Music, and Director of Opera, Yale Music Division, 1974–83; Master, Branford College, Yale University, 1979–83. Dean, College of Fine Arts, 1983–1991. Present position, 1991.