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About Jeffrey Gall

Jeffrey Gall

Jeffrey Gall is Professor of Voice and Director of Opera in the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University (NJ), where he has directed opera repertory ranging from Handel’s Saul to the world premiere of Ermiasova/Duarte-Lopez’ Bodas de Sangre.

An active concert artist and interpreter of contemporary, Romantic and Baroque repertory, he has won international recognition for his expressive vocalism and theatrical skills, first as a countertenor and more recently as a baritone.

A pioneer of the American countertenor sound, Gall made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in 1988, marking the first appearance of a countertenor on that stage. His international opera credits include principal roles at La Scala, San Carlo, La Fenice, the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, the Brussels Monnaie, the Netherlands Opera, the Canadian Opera, the Cologne and Frankfurt Operas, and the Deutsche Oper/Berlin. In the US, he has sung principal roles at the Chicago Lyric, San Francisco, Santa Fe, Los Angeles, Dallas and Boston Opera companies, and has frequently appeared in concert at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall in New York, as well as at the Kennedy Center in Washington.

The New York Times hailed Mr. Gall’s New York debut as a baritone in December 2007. He has recorded for CBS, Harmonia Mundi, Erato, Centaur, Nonesuch, Smithsonian, Symphonia, Arts, and London Decca. In addition to teaching and singing, he is in demand as an authority on the performance of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century vocal repertory and is an active scholar and lecturer on the music of Handel and his contemporaries.

Mr. Gall was recently awarded a Fulbright scholarship to teach Baroque performance practice at the Institute of the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is currently writing a book outlining paradigms for improvising vocal ornamentation in Italian vocal music of the Baroque era.

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