Documentary Features Met Tenor, Voice Instructor Jon F. West
By Holly Foster 315-859-4068
April 29, 2011
Metropolitan Opera tenor Jon Fredric West, a lecturer in voice at Hamilton, will be the subject of a documentary airing this weekend on WURT, (channel 7 in the Clinton-Utica area). The one-hour special, “From Concert Hall to Classroom,” will air on Saturday, April 30, at 7 p.m., and again on Sunday, May 1, at 10 a.m. Part of the documentary was filmed on Hamilton’s campus and includes student Annie Phillips ’13.
West has earned international acclaim for his portrayals of the heroic tenor roles of composer Richard Wagner and become known for his leading tenor roles as Canio in I Pagliacci, Florestan in Fidelio, Otello and Siegfried in The Ring of the Nibelungen.
He has performed in many of the world’s great opera houses including the Royal Opera Covent Garden, Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Deutsche Oper Berlin, La Scala, Paris Opera and the Vienna Staatsoper. West has worked with such esteemed conductors as James Levine, Zubin Mehta, Sir Simon Rattle, Seiji Ozawa and Michael Tilson Thomas.