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Mezzo-soprano Helen Tintes-Schuermann to perform

September 21, 2005

Mezzo-soprano Helen Tintes-Schuermann will perform as part of the Guest Artist Series, sponsored by the Department of Music at Abilene Christian University, on Monday, Sept. 26 at 8 p.m. in the Williams Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. The performance is free and open to all.

In addition, a master class sponsored by the Texoma Region of the National Association of Teachers of Singing will be held Friday, Sept. 23 from 6-9 p.m. at the WPAC Recital Hall.  The public is invited to attend and hear young singers from university studios throughout West Texas.

Tintes-Schuermann has performed throughout Europe and America and will be performing songs by Rachmaninoff, Mauel de Falla and Gluck as well as operatic duets by Verdi with Samuel Cook, professor of voice at ACU.  The performance will close with a selection of spiritual and Southern folk songs.  Dale Dundling, internationally acclaimed pianist and vocal coach, will be accompanying Tintes-Schuermann throughout the performance.     

Tickets to all performances are free but must be reserved in advance by calling 325-674 2199 or sending an email to gregory.straughn@acu.edu.

The performance is the second of five in this year's Guest Artist Series.  Other artists that will be featured in the 2005-2006 series include the husband/wife piano duo of Du Huang and Xiao Hu performing Jan. 26, and the So Percussion ensemble performing Feb. 24. Also part of the series is a music department alumni concert on Nov. 7 featuring ACU's alumni musicians.

About Helen Tintes-Schuermann

Tintes-Schuermann joined the University of South Carolina faculty in 2001 where she teaches applied voice to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as Basic Vocal Pedagogy.  She is an active performer and is represented by the Tea Dispeker Agency in New York City. 

The mezzo-soprano made her operatic debut at the Staatstheater Kassel (Germany) in Richard Strauss' Elektra and has performed numerous operatic roles in Europe and the United States.  Favorite roles include the title role of Carmen, Azucena in II Trovatore, the Zia Principessa in Suor Angelica and Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible.  She has appeared at many European Festivals in staged repertoire of the Baroque and Twentieth Century, including Alte Opera (Frakfurt), Fest in Hellbrunn (Salzburg), the Ascona Festival (Switzerland), as well as performing in Elektra with Dame Gwyneth Jones at the Famed Teatro del Gran Liceu in Barcelona, Spain.     

Tintes-Schuermann has sung works of Mozart, Haydn and Vivaldi at the Festival de Printemps in Monte Carlo, St. Stephen's Cathedral (Vienna), the Salzburg Cathedral, and the Festival of Religious Music in Cuenca, Spain and specializes in German and Spanish/Latin American repertoire.  The mezzo-soprano has also appeared in works of music theater, including the role of Madame Giry in Lloyd Weber's The Phantom of the Opera with Theater an de Wien (Vienna), in Kismet with Light Opera Works of Chicago and in Phillip Glass' Akhnaten with Chicago Opera Theatre.

As a busy recitalist, Tintes-Schuermann enjoys performing in concert with her husband, bass Klaus Schuermann, with whom she recently gave a recital/masterclass in German Lied at the College of Charleston.  Their new CD will be released this fall, featuring popular standards with the Dick Goodwin Ensemble.  She holds degrees from the University of Minnesota, the Escuela de Canto (Madrid, Spain), the Hochschule "Mozarteum" (Salzburg, Austria), and the Doctor of Music Degree from Northwestern University.   

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