UKOT Vocal Master Class with Jud Perry
UK Opera Theatre continues its master class series with Jud Perry, countertenor.
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Jud Perry (Univ. of Kentucky School of Music 1997-2001), an American countertenor, has been living in Germany and working throughout Europe since 2005.
Shortly after completion of his master's degree at Rice University in Houston, Texas in 2005, Mr Perry made his Kennedy Center début (Washington D.C.) as part of the Millennium Concert Series. In March 2005, Mr Perry won first place at the Metropolitan Opera Regional Auditions and appeared in New York as a Metropolitan Opera national semi-finalist.
Mr Perry was engaged as lyric tenor by the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden in Germany, where he made an outstanding European début as Tamino in Die Zauberflöte in November 2005. Over the last 15 years he made débuts in Darmstadt, Mainz, Saarbrücken, Köln, Weimar, Nürnberg, Aachen, Chemnitz, Hamburg, Göttingen, Massy, Tours, Montpellier, Nancy, Toulon, Bordeaux, Toulouse, as well as, Turin, Venice, and Milan.
As a tenor, Mr Perry has performed the operatic rôles of Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Arbace in Idomeneo, Atis in Croesus, Remendado in Carmen, Frederick in The Pirates of Penzance, Martin in The Tender Land, Kaspar in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Ernesto in Don Pasquale, Peter Quint in The Turn of the Screw, Jacquino in Fidelio, Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola, Conte di Libenskof in Viaggio a Reims, Alfred in Die Fledermaus, Dr. Siedler in Das Weisse Rössl, Graf Stanislaus in Der Vogelhändler, and Ubaldo in Haydn’s Armida, in a concert performance at the acclaimed Brühler Festspiele. Among his oratorio credits are Händel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, Haydn’s Die Jahreszeiten and Lord Nelson Mass, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, J.S. Bach’s Magnificat and numerous cantatas, Evangelist in Matthaeus Passion in the Thomaskirche in Leipzig, Evangelist and Tenor in Weihnachtsoratorium, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Orff’s Carmina Burana, and Britten’s St. Nicholas. Mr Perry has also appeared in concert at the “Prague Autumn Music Festival” as well as “Musica Mallorca” in the bel canto repertoire.
Mr Perry first participated in the Aspen Music Festival & School in the summers of 2000, 2001, and 2003 in both the Opera Studies Program as well as the highly competitive and intensive Art Song & Vocal Chamber Performance program.
In 2014 Mr. Perry made the unique transition to countertenor. A very quick development lead to first engagements within six months. Orlando in Vivaldi’s Orlando Furioso was his début role with a small theater in Hamburg. Major Händelian roles followed such as Tolomeo in Giulio Cesare at the Teatro Regio in Turin, Medoro in Händel’s Orlando, Arsamene in Xerses, Eustazio and Rinaldo in Rinaldo, and Idelberto in Lotario at the Internation Händel Festival in Göttingen. A great joy has been revisiting well-known and loved oratorio repertoire singing the Alto role! More to this story can be found here.
Mr. Perry has maintained an active teaching career since his university days. Since 2015 he has been active in the Evangelische Singakademie in Wiesbaden as conductor of 5 choral ensembles totaling around 150 children and youth. In 2017 he began his first teaching position at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne, Germany, followed by a second position at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Frankfurt, Germany.
He currently lives in the Rheingau region of Germany with his wife and two daughters.
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