|Dale Duesing (a 1967 graduate of
the Lawrence Conservatory of Music) is recognized as one of the leading baritones
on the international music scene, having scored musical triumphs at major
opera houses throughout the world. He has performed at New York's Metropolitan
Opera (in major roles including Billy Budd, Papageno, Figaro, Pelléas,
Malatesta, etc.), San Francisco Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, La Scala, Vienna
State Opera, Covent Garden, Paris Opera, Hamburg Opera, The Netherlands Opera
Amsterdam, Munich State Opera, Berlin Opera, and the Liceo Barcelona among
many others. He has been a regular performer at the leading music festivals
of the world, including Salzburg, Edinburgh, Glyndebourne, Santa Fe, and
Blossom. He has appeared as soloist with the leading orchestras of the world,
including the Cleveland Orchestra, the Boston Symphony, the Chicago Symphony,
the New York Philharmonic, the Vienna Philharmonic, the London Philharmonic,
the London Symphony, the BBC Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Orchestra
of Paris, the Concertgebouw, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Santa Cecilia Orchestra
of Rome, and the Suisse Romande Orchestra. The long list of distinguished
conductors with whom he has collaborated includes Böhm, Bernstein, Levine, Giulini,
Haitink, de Waart,
von Karajan, and Ozawa.
Mr. Duesing received a Grammy in 1993, was designated Singer of the Year by Opernwelt magazine in 1994, and was described by Le Monde de la Musique 1998 as "a singer who changed opera in the 20th century. His performances of Wozzeck were a triumph." He has most recently received the award for Best Male Performance in 2000 by the Amsterdam based Friends of the Opera for his performance of Beckmesser in Wagner's Die Meistersinger. Mr. Duesing's repertoire has always included both old familiar roles and unfamiliar new roles, and his most recent and current activities clearly continue this tradition: Johann Strauss' Die Fledermaus at both the Salzburg Festival and the Semper Opera in Dresden; Beckmesser with both The Netherlands Opera Amsterdam and the Frankfurt Opera; Zemlinsky's Der Zwerg at the Paris Opera; the world premiere of Wintermärchen by Phillipe Boesmans with the Royal Opera Brussels, and later again at the Liceo Barcelona; Janáček's The Makropoulos Case at the Netherlands Opera; and the world premiere of Nicolas Maw's Sophie's Choice at Covent Garden.
-- From the website of Lawrence Conservatory of Music
-- Names on this webpage which are links refer to my Interviews elsewhere on my website. BD
© 1991 Bruce Duffie
This conversation was recorded in Chicago on October 28, 1991.
Portions were broadcast on WNIB in 1995 and 2000. The sections on French
Opera were published in The Massenet Newsletter
in January, 1992. The transcription was completed and re-edited, and
posted on this website early in 2017.
To see a full list (with links) of interviews which have been transcribed and posted on this website, click here.
winning broadcaster Bruce Duffie was with WNIB, Classical 97 in Chicago
from 1975 until its final moment as a classical station in February of 2001.
His interviews have also appeared in various magazines and journals since
1980, and he now continues his broadcast series on WNUR-FM, as well
as on Contemporary Classical Internet Radio.