Acclaimed Opera Performer Martina Arroyo to Instruct Master Class at Boston University

Contact: Erin Whipple, 617-358-1688 | ewhipple@bu.edu

Boston – Martina Arroyo, a prominent operatic soprano who has appeared in prestigious opera houses around the world, will lead a public master class at Boston University on Thursday, January 24 at 7:00 PM. Staged at the Tsai Performance Center (685 Commonwealth Avenue), the master class is free to the public and to the Boston University community, but tickets are required. To reserve tickets, contact the Tsai Center Box Office at 617-353-8725.

The archive of Martina Arroyo is a recent addition to the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University. An exhibition profiling her distinguished career will be on view at the Tsai Performance Center in conjunction with her appearance.

Arroyo’s visit is part of BU’s series of public master classes in opera. Presented by the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, in collaboration with the Opera Institute and the Voice Department in the School of Music within BU’s College of Fine Arts, the series provides a public demonstration of talented BU Opera Institute and vocal performance students experiencing performance instruction by renowned opera stars.

One of the first performers to challenge color barriers in the opera world, Arroyo has opened New York’s Metropolitan Opera three times, including two consecutive seasons. Additionally, she has appeared at the Paris Opera, London’s Covent Garden, Milan’s La Scala, the Vienna State Opera and the Buenos Aires Teatro Colon, along with numerous concert halls in the United States and internationally.

While Arroyo is celebrated for her performances of Verdi, Puccini, Strauss and Mozart, she is also distinguished for her presentation of contemporary music, including the world premiere of Samuel Barber’s Andromache’s Farewell and Karl-Heinz Stockhausen’s Momente, works she has since recorded and introduced throughout the United States and Europe. She also performed and recorded the new African Oratorio conducted by its composer Carlo Franci. In total, Arroyo has made more than 50 recordings.

In addition to her success in opera, Arroyo was appointed as a member of the National Endowment of the Arts by President Ford, where she served for six years. Currently, she is a member of the Board of Trustees of Carnegie Hall, a Trustee emeritus of the Hunter College Foundation, and a Distinguished Professor of Music at the prestigious School of Music of Indiana University. Previously, she taught at the University of California in Los Angeles, Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Wilberforce University in Ohio, among others. In 2003, she founded the Martina Arroyo Foundation, with the goal of helping young singers prepare for opera performance, as well as the challenges of careers in classical vocal music.

The Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University seeks to capture and document history by collecting the manuscripts from individuals who play significant roles in the fields of journalism, poetry, literature and criticism, dance, music, theater, film, television, and political and religious movements. The Center strives to preserve the documents and make them readily available to researchers while administering all legal copyrights and restrictions. The Center also presents extensive exhibitions, seminars and tours for students, parents, alumni, various visiting groups and members of the public. For more information, visit www.bu.edu/archives.

The Opera Institute is a non-degree professional training program for the advanced singer preparing for an operatic career. Chosen by international search and audition, twelve emerging professional singers are given free tuition and stipends for an innovative two-year residency that provides the crucial transition between student training and the profession. The curriculum is performance-based, and includes Voice lessons, repertoire coaching, diction and Italian Conversation, Ballet, Stage Combat, Period Movement and Styles, Alexander Technique, and Acting for the Theater and for the Operatic Stage. Along with many performing opportunities in a variety of venues and styles, it also offers “hands-on” experience with distinguished guest professionals for Master Classes and Professional classes, and also as Stage Directors and Conductors. For more information, visit http://www.bu.edu/cfa/music/opera/.