The New Orleans Opera is partnering with the New Orleans Jazz Market and the Donald W. Wood, Sr. Vocal Competition to present a FREE masterclass with Douglas Sumi, Master Teacher, Vocal Coach, and Voice Chair at Boston University. Mr. Sumi will work with the 2021-2022 Wood Competition winners in a public forum open to students, educators, community members, and any musically curious individuals.
Sunday, March 13, 1:00 PM
New Orleans Jazz Market
1436 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70113
FREE and Open to the Public
What is a masterclass?
A masterclass is an educational tool used in many academic settings that allows an expert or “Master” in a field to share their expertise with students. They are frequently smaller in size than a typical university-level class, which allows for more individualized attention from the instructor. The expert usually brings an outside perspective to the student’s present level of study as they are generally not a member of the faculty at the student’s school or university.
In the field of performing arts, and particularly in opera,
masterclasses are beneficial not only to aspiring singers, but also educators and community members: Singers gain experience with the process of auditioning and benefit from having an expert’s assessment of their skills. Educators, in turn, gain exposure to various teaching styles and techniques and observe their practical application. Because masterclasses are frequently open to the public, the community also gets special insight into the process of becoming a professional opera singer.
About the Instructor
American pianist, Douglas Sumi, is a frequent collaborator with many of today’s artists and opera theaters. He is a versatile artist, comfortable in the capacities of pianist, coach, and conductor, and has a recognized commitment to song and opera. He has assisted conductors such as James Conlon, Plácido Domingo, Patrick Summers, William Lacy, Michele Mariotti, and Emmanuel Villaume. He has worked with many great opera stars: Renée Fleming, Plácido Domingo, Carol Vaness, Sir Thomas Allen, Vladimir Chernov, Bejun Mehta, Linda Watson, Joyce DiDonato, Juan Diego Flórez, Ana María Martinez, Vittorio Grigolo, as well as many of today’s emerging young singers. Most notably, he collaborated with Renée Fleming in recital, after working together in A Streetcar Named Desire. He has performed throughout Europe and North America, including Carnegie Hall and The Kennedy Center for the Arts.
Happy Birthday, Maestro!
Moses Hogan (1957-2003)
New Orleans Opera would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the birth of a great New Orleanian. Maestro Moses George Hogan, a New Orleans, was a pianist, conductor, composer, mentor, and arranger of international renown. A graduate of the inaugural class of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) and Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio, he also studied at New York’s Juilliard School of Music and Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. Hogan had many accomplishments as a concert pianist, winning first place in the prestigious 28th annual Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Competition in New York and serving as Artist In Residence at Loyola University in New Orleans. In 1993, he created the New Orleans-based “Moses Hogan Chorale,” which received international acclaim. Moses Hogan’s piano was donated to the New Orleans Opera Association and resides in the Women’s Opera Guild Home.