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JAMES MARTIN SCHAEFER, Instructor in Music

Alvin BrightbillJames Martin Schaefer, baritone
Baritone James Martin Schaefer has an active performing career throughout the United States.  He has received wide acclaim in such operatic roles as Escamillo in Bizet’s Carmen, Masetto in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Belcore in Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love,  Elder Ott in Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah, and as Fiorello in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia.  Other operatic credits for Mr. Schaefer include The Mandarin in Puccini’s Turandot, and The Jailer in Puccini’s Tosca, including Maestro John Mauceri’s final appearance conducting opera as Director of Music of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, and Dottore Grenvil in Verdi’s La Traviata.  He has performed in numerous productions with Los Angeles Opera including Wagner’s Gotterdammerung, Lohengrin, and Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra and he was a member of Opera Pacific’s O.P.E.R.A. artist program.

Mr. Schaefer has appeared as a frequent soloist throughout California and beyond.  Recent appearances include Arnold Schoenberg’s Ode to Napoleon Buonaparte with The Debut Orchestra, Ralph Vaughn Williams’ Five Mystical Songs with the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra, Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem with the Pacific Chorale, Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Long Beach Camarata, Samuel Barber’s Dover Beach with the California Quartet and Igor Stravinsky’s ballet Les Noces, performed with Les Grande Ballet Canadien de Montreal.  He also recently performed Korngold’s song cycle, Fünf Lieder, in concert recital for the Pacific Symphony. 

Mr. Schaefer has appeared as a soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops Esplanade! Orchestra, the Pacific Chorale, the Long Beach Symphony, Les Grande Ballet Canadiens de Montreal, Distinguished Concerts International (New York), The Young Musician’s Fund Debut Orchestra, La Mirada Symphony, The California Quartet, Opera Pacific, Intimate Opera of Pasadena, Center Stage Opera, the Bakersfield Symphony, Santa Maria Philharmonic, the Roswell Symphony Orchestra, and the Long Beach Camerata.

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