Five time Grammy-nominated and three time Grammy winner, Maestro Sherrill Milnes, who is internationally recognized as the leading Verdi Baritone of his time, will offer free classes at Butte College's main campus, 3536 Butte Campus Drive on May 1 and 2 from 2:15-5 p.m. Milnes will direct two days of free master classes inside the Arts building room 113. He will also offer private voice lessons.
He has performed at all of the great opera capitals of the world: the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; La Scala, Milan; Berlin's Deutsche Oper; the Paris Opera; Buenos Aires' Teatro Colon; the Liceu in Barcelona; the Bavarian State Opera in Munich; the Salzburg Festival; the Hamburg Opera, and Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre. He has also performed with the San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and the opera companies of Pittsburgh, San Diego, Miami, and Denver, among others in the United States. At the Metropolitan Opera, Milnes sang more than 650 performances over a 32-year span and has been honored with 16 new productions, seven opening nights, and 10 national telecasts. Milnes has appeared on the world's major recital stages and with the great orchestras of North America and Europe and has performed for every United States President since Gerald Ford.
Milnes has led master classes at Juilliard and Manhattan Schools in New York, at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, along with most major universities throughout the country. He has also taught at the Yale University School of Music, Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, the Northern Royal College of Music in Manchester, England (where he is a fellow), the Israel Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv, Montreal, Puerto Rico, and the International Institute of Vocal Arts in Italy.
A distinguished professor of music emeritus from Northwestern University, Milnes now teaches master classes and workshops for universities and programs internationally. This event is free to the community and is sponsored by Butte College and the Hughes Family, however donations will gladly be accepted at the door.