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Donald George, tenor, is a Professor of Vocal Music at the Crane School of Music - SUNY Potsdam, and an Honored Professor at Shenyang Conservatory in China. He has also taught at the Bavarian Theater Academy, Hochschüle für Theater und Musik in Munich, Germany and presented Master Classes at colleges, universities and festivals throughout the US and abroad, including Schloß Laubach Opera Festival, (Laubach Castle) Germany, TOPOpera in Austria, Scuola Italia for Opera in Sant'Angelo, University of Virginia and the Hochschule für Musik in Hannover, Germany (among others). He received his Bachelor's Degree from Southeastern Louisiana University and his Master's from Louisiana State University and was recently honored as the 2010 Distinguished Alumni from SLU, and received the President's Award 2014 at SUNY Potsdam for Creativity, and an Award from the Potsdam Center for Student Research.
As an established lyric tenor in the opera houses and concert halls of Europe, Donald George has performed at La Scala, the Paris Opera Bastille and Thé âtre du Châtelet, Royal Opera of Brussels, San Carlo Naples, Fenice Venice, or the State Operas of Berlin, Hamburg, Copenhagen and Vienna, among many others with such prominent stage directors as John Dew, Harry Kupfer, Mario Martone, Yannis Kokkos and William Kenntridge. He has also performed at the Festivals of Salzburg, Buenos Aires, Jerusalem, Istanbul, Perth (Australia) and Blossom USA, and sung with such conductors as Leonard Bernstein, Kurt Masur, Zubin Mehta, Yehudi Menuhin, Jeffry Tate, Vladimir Jurowski, Simone Young, Martin Haselböck, Larry Rachleff or Helmuth Rilling.
Donald George has recorded for Sony, Naxos, Phillips Classic, Teldec, Discover International, and Bavarian Radio, among others, including Elijah, Verdi's Requiem, and Rossini's Aurelieano in Palmira and Le Nozze di Teti e Peleo (the world premiere recording). His recording of Schubert's Die Scöhne Müllerin was described as "An absolute must"(Music Mosaic). His latest recording from Delos, Love is Everywhere: Selected Songs of Margaret Ruthven Lang, Volume 1 with pianist Lucy Mauro was released in January 2011 and selected as the Vocal CD Pick of the Week for WETA in Washington, D.C. and featured on iTunes in their New and Noteworthy and in the Naxos Newsletter for February 2011. The CD was also nominated (along with Volume II, for a Grammy in the first round) Reviews of the CD include: "Donald George is in great form here and Lang's pieces suit his voice. He sings them with obvious enjoyment and great expression, as if narrating a story in song. His tone is very warm and his diction crystal clear, which enriches the whole experience, as one can distinctly perceive each sound, each vowel, each word and its meaning within the context of the full lyrics." (MusicWeb International) and "George sings beautifully and easily at full cry, yet sounds equally compelling when singing more gently and lyrically. Also impressive is his exceptionally clear diction, which he achieves without compromising the legato line that is at the heart of almost all these songs."(Journal of Singing).
Other reviews of Donald George speak of his "Pleasing tenor sound, vocally reliable in all challenges" (Verdi Requiem-Metropolitan Opera News); "A success for La Scala all possess a superb technique, and are consummate actors...including Donald George" (Peter Grimes-Corriere della Sera); and "Donald George provides Candide with a supple, beautiful toned lyricism-His Lament is one of the highlights of the performance" (Candide-Münchner Merkur - Munich, Germany).
Donald George is active in CMS, NATS, Opera America, National Opera Association, Tonkunst in Germany and MTNA, and frequently presents at regional and national conferences, including the 2008 MTNA National Conference in Denver (voted a "highlight" in American Music Teacher) and the 2009 CMS National Conference in Portland, 2009 MTNA National Conference in Atlanta, WVMTA State Conference where he was a conference artist, and NYSMTA state conferences in 2010 and 2011, among many others. Three students of Donald George were also invited to present a poster session on their contributions to the "Du bist wie eine Blume" research at the regional CMS Convention at the University of Vermont in March 2010. Donald George was also organizer of the CMS regional conference held at Crane in 2014. He organized the first student CMS at Crane along with the first student NATS.
His publications include recent articles for Die Tonkunst, American Music Teacher, Society of American Music Bulletin, NOA Opera Journal and Classical Singer. His book with Oxford University Press, Master Singers: Advice from the Stage, containing interviews with stars of the opera stage (such as DiDonato, Blythe, Hampson, Calleja, Goerke etc), will appear world wide December 2014. Plácido Domingo and Mirella Freni have written outstanding recommendations for the book.
Donald George was awarded an individual Title III Strengthening Institutions Grant from the U.S. Department of Education for his proposal to incorporate undergraduate research into an existing course design and also, for the second time, an Individual Development Grant from SUNY for his work with the Shenyang Conservatory of Music in Shenyang, China. With his research projects he has been awarded to present with his student researchers at three National Conference on Undergraduate Research: at Ithaca, Weber State University (Utah) and University of Wisconsin.
Recent concerts for Donald George include the War Requiem with the Crane Choir and Orchestra under Christof Perick, Carmina Burana under Larry Racleff (which he will repeat in 2015 with the Rhode Island Philharmonic) a New Year's Concert with the Nuremberg Philharmonic, a tour of Carmina Burana with the Symphony Heilbrunn and Recitals and Liederabend in the US and Germany.