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Vocal master class set with baritone Tom Fox at Coastal

September 12, 2003

Renowned opera baritone Tom Fox will be working with voice students at Coastal Carolina University in a master class on Friday, Sept. 19 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts.

The public is invited to attend the class at no charge. Artists such as Fox who visit the university to perform are frequently willing to work directly with students in sessions known as master classes to help them perfect their craft.

Fox, a native of Cincinnati, was a resident member of the Cincinnati Opera from 1976 to 1980. He was principal guest artist at the Frankfurt Opera where his roles included Amonasro in Aida, Pizarro in Fidelio, Klingsor in Parsifal, Nick Shadow in The Rake's Progress, Escamillo in Carmen, as well as Orest in Elektra and Alberich in Wagner's Ring cycle. He has also sung in many of the world's leading opera houses including the San Francisco Opera, the Metropolitan Opera and with the companies in Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., San Diego, Pittsburgh, Toronto, Munich, Berlin, Paris, Montpellier, Milan (La Scala), Rome, Bologna, Turin and Brussels, among others.

Among the baritone's most recent engagements are Tristan und Isolde in Strasbourg and Buenos Aires; Salome in Buenos Aires; and Parsifal in Munich. Upcoming are Elektra in Baltimore, The Makropulos Case at the Met, and Tosca for Los Angeles Opera. He has also performed at the 1998 Festival of Music and Arts in Pawleys Island.

Fox performs in a "Heroes and Villains" concert on Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m. with pianist Philip Powell. Admission is $10. Call 349-2502 for information or tickets.

For more information on the master class, call Powell, chairman of the Department of Performing Arts at Coastal, at 349-2515.