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Jeffrey Gall (Counter-tenor)

Born: September 19, 1950 - Cleveland, Ohio, USA

The American counter-tenor, Jeffrey Gall, studied with Arthur Burrows and at the Yale School of Music with Blake Stern. he holds degrees in Slavic languages from Princeton and Yale Universities.

Jeffrey Gall began his career in the mid 1970’s in the early music ensembles Waverly Consort and Pomerium Musices. Gall soon moved to solo roles in Baroque and contemporary opera. In 1979 he made his operatic debut in Erismena at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and in Benjamin Britten's Death in Venice at the San Francisco Opera, took place in close succession. He has subsequently sung roles by B. Britten, Antonio Cesti, Peter Maxwell Davies, George Frideric Handel, John Harbison, Jommelli, Lully, Monteverdi, Mozart, Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Purcell, Alessandro Scarlatti, Tippett and Antonio Vivaldi. He has won international acclaim for his unique combination of brilliant vocalism, theatrical gifts, and mastery of early-music styles.

Jeffrey Gall's opera credits outside the USA include principal roles at La Scala, Teatro San Carlo (Naples) and La Fenice in Italy; the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and the Salle Garnier in France; the Monnaie in Brussels; the Netherlands Opera; the Cologne and Frankfurt Operas in Germany; the Canadian Opera, as well as the Spoleto, Edinburgh, Innsbruck, Halle, Schwetzingen, and Bordeaux Festivals. In the USA he has sung at the San Francisco, Chicago Lyric, Santa Fe, Los Angeles, Dallas, Philadelphia, and Boston Operas, and has made many concert appearances at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall in New York, as well as at the Kennedy Center in Washington. Appearances throughout Europe and the USA preceded his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in 1988 as Ptolemy in G.F. Handel's Giulio Cesare; he was the first counter-tenor to sing a substantial role there. In 1994 returned to the Met for B. Britten's Death in Venice. Other G.F. Handel roles include Polinesso and Flavio, which he has recorded.

Jeffrey Gall has recorded for CBS, Harmonia Mundi, Erato, Nonesuch, Titanic, and Smithsonian Records, and appears in the title role on the London video of Peter Sellars' celebrated production of Handel's Giulio Cesare.

Jeffrey Gall, coordinator of MSU's vocal program, is a seasoned teacher of studio voice, having taught previously at Harvard University and at the Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University. He has conducted clinics and master classes in both standard repertory and early-music techniques at music schools across the USA. In addition, he is a founding member of the Italian vocal ensemble Il Terzo Suono, which is dedicated to the performance of Italian vocal literature of the classical period; the ensemble has new releases on the Arts and Symphonia labels.

Source: Grove Music Website; Faculty of Music - Monclair Website
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