EVANGELINE NOËL GLASS – (soprano) studied opera and Lieder with Lotte Lehmann (in Santa Barbara, in Vienna, and in Salzburg) and Dusolina Giannini. Evangeline came to the MAW in January 1958 as one of Lehmann’s students and stayed during the same time as her husband to be, Beau. Then Evangeline studied the Marschallin, Fidelio, and Tatyana with Lotte in Vienna and Salzburg in the summer of 1964.
Her operatic roles range from Musetta to Isolde (in “Autour de Tristan” at the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels), via the Figaro Countess, the Marschallin, Nedda, Santuzza, Marguerite, Thaïs, and Jenny, in the opera houses of Naples (San Carlo), Cologne, Brussels, Geneva, Zurich, Bern, and Koblenz. Sang the role of “Vita Mondana” in the premiere of Rappresentazione di anima e di corpo in the Salzburg Festival.
Evangeline was active as recitalist in the U.S. and Europe and has been a coach every summer since 2000 at the American Institute of Musical Studies (“AIMS”) in Graz, Autstria, together with her husband Beaumont Glass. In January 2007 she assisted Professor Glass in coaching and directing The Crucible for Chamber Opera Chicago, and did the same for Carmen in March 2008. The Glasses maintain a coaching studio in Camden, Maine, and are often asked to give master classes at various universities.
BEAUMONT GLASS (opera coach and stage director) – Began his professional career in opera in 1956 as stage director with the Northwest Grand Opera in Seattle, and has been equally involved in the musical and dramatic sides of opera. At MAW he was a coach beginning in April 1957 (summer 1957 Lehmann added a third weekly masterclass for him to coach and accompany both opera and lieder) to end of spring session 1959 (Lehmann did not do a summer opera or teach master classes that year); then again in summer 1961 for Fidelio (Beau was assistant stage director, chorus master, sang in the chorus, and coached — and staged The Impresario and a scene from Suor Angelica).
Mr. Glass served the Zurich Opera for 19 years, as coach, eventually Studienleiter. He was coach, recital accompanist, etc. for the Festival of Aix-en-Provence. Beau worked as stage director, at the International Opera Center, Zurich. Professor Glass served as Director of Opera at University of Iowa for 18 years. He has staged over 50 different operas in US and Europe, and accompanied Lieder recitals in the Salzburg, Aix-en-Provence, and Holland Festivals for such artists as Grace Bumbry, Martina Arroyo, and Simon Estes.
Beaumont Glass was assistant to Lotte Lehmann for two and a half years, and her official biographer. Glass was also studio accompanist for Maggie Teyte. He has published complete song texts of Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Wolf, and Strauss, with word-for-word translations, IPA pronunciation, and commentary. His latest book, The Memoirs of an Opera Bug, was published in June 2006 by Leyerle Publications.
Most recently he has been stage director of four productions for Maine Grand Opera, 2001-2004 and stage director of The Crucible (January 2007) and Carmen (March 2008) for Chamber Opera Chicago. He is the host of a weekly radio program of opera, Sunday evenings 6 to 7:www.wrfr.org. Professor Glass gives weekly opera lectures at three different towns in Maine and coaches every summer since 2000, together with his wife, Evangeline Noël Glass, at the American Institute of Musical Studies (“AIMS”) in Graz, Austria.