Broadway’s Judith Blazer Teaches Master Class in Vocal Performance
A veteran of both Broadway and opera, Judith Blazer will teach a master class on vocal performance. Hosted by the Department of Theatre and Dance, the class is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 8 beginning at 11 am in Wright Hall’s Lab B. Space is limited.
Blazer will focus on three specific areas.
The Study of a Role: Working specifically on one role, either in preparation for a performance or run of a show, or simply to have in one’s repertoire. In all aspects we explore the entire range of the character’s technical and inner mechanisms from a practical as well as emotional standpoint.
Vocal Interpretation: Working on musical elements of a piece, text, diction, characterization, sometimes even movement in communicating the total performance. This is for auditions as well as concert and cabaret performances or recitals.
Vocal Work: Exploring aspects of various vocal techniques, exercises, and warm ups, ranging from a more classical approach to pop, to rock, to crossing over between these styles in a healthful way. We also work to correct pitch and registration problems.
Judith Blazer has appeared on Broadway in leading roles in Me and My Girl, A Change in the Heir, Titanic the Musical, LoveMusik, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. At New York City Opera, she appeared in Candide and Sweeney Todd. Off-Broadway: Hello Again, (Drama Desk nomination), The House of Bernarda Alba (both at Lincoln Center), Hurrah at Last (Roundabout Theater). She has sung at the Metropolitan Opera as a soloist in Twyla Tharp’s Everlast with the American Ballet Theater. She has starred as Bessie Thomashefsky in Michael Tilson Thomas’s touring concert documentary The Thomashefskys, which has been performed with the all the major symphony orchestras in the U.S. She has sung as a featured artist on the recordings by singer/actor Mandy Patinkin, violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and over 20 other recordings. She has done song and voice characterizations for the several animated films and on television and has appeared Law and Order, As the World Turns, Guiding Light, and as a featured artist on three PBS specials: Leonard Bernstein’s New York, In Performance at the White House, Great Performances: The Thomashefskys. She is a dialect coach, fluent in Italian and wrote the Italian lyrics for The Light in the Piazza.
For more information about the UC Davis Department of Theatre and Dance, visit their website at http://arts.ucdavis.edu/theatre-and-dance.