Beaumont Glass, the director of The University of Iowa Opera Theater, was for many years a leading coach with the Zurich Opera and the Festival of Aix -en -Provence. In addition to staging operas in Europe and the United States, he has accompanied recitals in the Salzburg, Aix, and Holland Festivals and has toured with artists such as Grace Bumbry, Martina Arroyo, and Simon Estes. Since becoming a UI faculty member in 1980, Professor Glass has staged 14 full -scale opera productions in Hancher Auditorium, including Boris Godunov, which was telecast by Iowa Public Television, and Handel's Agrippina, taken on tour to Europe in 1985. Operas in Glass's translations have been performed by Boston Lyric Opera and the Opera Theater of Springfield, Illinois, as well as by The University of Iowa. Glass is a consulting and contributing editor of the Opera Quarterly.
Professor Glass's Presidential Lecture is based on his research for the official biography of the distinguished singer Lotte Lehmann, Lotte Lehmann: A Life in Opera and Song. Lehmann's centennial year, 1988, is being celebrated in major musical centers all over the world. Glass was her assistant for several years in both opera and art song.
He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis. Glass served ten years in the U.S. Navy before embarking upon a professional career in music.
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