Legendary Tenor and Teacher George Shirley returns to HSOAF in 2016

 It is with the greatest joy that we announce the participation of the legendary tenor and master teacher George Shirley as our featured faculty member at Härnösand Summer Opera Academy and Festival 2016.  Arguably the finest Pélléas on record, the Grammy Award winner (Ferrando--Cosi fan tutte) literally opened the door for men of color on the operatic stage.  The first black tenor to sing lead roles at major opera houses all over the world (La Scala, Covent Garden, Metropolitan Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, etc), paradoxically Maestro George Shirley's artistry transcends race.  He is a colleague beloved by his peers and and a teacher admired by his students, evoking a level of respect  that very few can inspire.

Maestro Shirley will be in residence during the entire period of the Academy and Festival 8-20 August 2015.  He will present master-classes and offer individual lessons.