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September 15th, 2010
De Lancie gives opera master class at Texas State


Actor and opera director John de Lancie is presenting an opera master class at Texas State this week.


Actor-turned-opera-director John de Lancie is presenting an opera master class at Texas State this week.

An informal workshop presented by the participating students will be held in room 216 of the Music Building Sunday at 6 p.m. The presentation will be free and open to the public. The master classes are taking place through Friday for select students.

De Lancie’s work is probably most familiar to the public as “Q” in the Star Trek series and for his role in the Emmy Award winning Breaking Bad.

The master class focuses on acting as it relates to roles in opera.

“It is an opera-intensive class,” said Sam Mungo, director of opera studies at Texas State. “He came to me with the idea of offering a class on acting as it relates to opera, and I invited him to come to Texas State. This is the inaugural presentation of his class.”

Growing up in a household with a father who was a world famous principal oboist for the Philadelphia Orchestra, de Lancie is certainly familiar with classical music. He has written ten “symphonic plays,” which utilize orchestra and performance and have been presented by orchestras around the country. He has worked with many symphonies including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic and Philadelphia Orchestra.

De Lancie made his directorial debut in opera with the Atlanta Opera’s performance of Puccini’s Tosca in 2006. He opened San Antonio’s opera season directing “Madama Butterfly,” another popular Puccini opera, in 2009.

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