Valéry Ryvkin

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Valéry Ryvkin
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Born1960
Died2020
NationalityRussian
CitizenshipRussia
Occupation
  • Operatic Conductor
  • Artistic Director
Known forSinger's Conductor

Valéry Ryvkin (1960-2020) was a Russian-born operatic conductor. He served as the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of Opera Santa Barbara from 1999 to 2008,[1][2] and the Artistic Director of Greensboro Opera from 2005 to 2011.[3][4] Ryvkin was known for being a "singer's conductor."[5] He passed in 2020.[6][7]

Ryvkin conducted the world premiere of Stephen Schwartz (composer) opera Séance on a Wet Afternoon (opera) in 2009 at Opera Santa Barbara.[8][9] Ryvkin also conducted multiple productions for San Diego Opera: Die Fledermaus in 2005,[10] Boris Godunov starring Ferruccio Furlanetto in 2007,[11][12][13][14] and Aida in 2008.[15][16] Ryvkin was a frequent conductor for various regional opera companies and organizations, including Rimrock Opera in Billings, Montana[17] and Palm Springs, frequently conducting the Palm Springs Opera Guild's "Opera in the Park" concerts.[18][19]

Ryvkin served as a coach and assistant conductor for many prominent opera companies. He served on the San Francisco Opera music staff from 1994 to 2004,[7][20] and conducted their Merola Opera Program Schwabacher Summer Concert in 2015. Ryvkin also worked for Los Angeles Opera, serving as the Assistant Conductor for Roméo et Juliette during their 2011-2012 season.[21] He also conducted for Martina Arroyo's Prelude to Performance summer program in 2019.[22][23]

From 2012 to 2019, Valéry Ryvkin was Associate Professor of Voice and Opera at Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance and Artistic Director at the Temple Opera Theater.[24][25] Ryvkin served as a collaborative pianist and vocal coach on the faculty at the Carnegie Mellon School of Music from 2019 to 2020.[3]

From 2012 to 2019, Ryvkin also conducted additional performances for Opera Santa Barbara, including Aida in 2013[26] and Eugene Onegin in 2019.[27][28]

References

  1. "Maestro Valéry Ryvkin, 1960-2020". Opera Santa Barbara. 2020-02-05. Retrieved 2020-11-03.
  2. Feb 22, Charles Donelan Thu; 2007 | 12:00pm (2007-02-22). "Opera Santa Barbara presents Rigoletto at the Verdi Festival". The Santa Barbara Independent. Retrieved 2021-02-01.
  3. 3.0 3.1 University, Carnegie Mellon (February 4, 2020). "Valéry Ryvkin, Vocal Coach and Conductor - College of Fine Arts - Carnegie Mellon University". cms-staging.andrew.cmu.edu. Retrieved 2020-11-03.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. "Accessible opera is no oxymoron". Greensboro News and Record. Retrieved 2021-02-01.
  5. Barth, Lois. "Maestro Valéry Ryvkin : A 'Singer's Conductor' on Orchestrating the Key Elements of Opera". Classical Singer. Retrieved 2021-02-01.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. Fernandez, Dan (February 2020). "Valéry Ryvkin, Vocal Coach and Conductor - College of Fine Arts - Carnegie Mellon University". Carnegie Mellon University College of Fine Arts. Retrieved 2021-02-01.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. 7.0 7.1 "SFOpera - In Memoriam 2020". sfopera.com. Retrieved 2021-02-01.
  8. "Opera review: 'Seance on a Wet Afternoon' at Opera Santa Barbara*". LA Times Blogs - Culture Monster. 2009-09-27. Retrieved 2020-11-03.
  9. Laird, Paul R. (2014). The Musical Theater of Stephen Schwartz: From Godspell to Wicked and Beyond. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. ISBN 0810891913.
  10. Kragen, Pam (2005-02-02). "Lavish 'Die Fledermaus' awash in laughs, star power". San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 2021-02-01.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. "Performance History". San Diego Opera. Retrieved 2021-02-01.
  12. Pasles, Chris (2007-01-29). "'Boris Godunov' a season debut to remember". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2021-02-01.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  13. "2007 San Diego Opera Season to Feature Denyce Graves' Co. Debut, Local Premiere of Wozzeck". www.operanews.com. Retrieved 2021-02-01.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  14. Schweitzer, Vivien (May 2006). "San Diego Opera's 2006-07 Season Features New Production of Wozzeck". Playbill. Retrieved 2021-02-01.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  15. Kragen, Pam (2008-04-16). "OPERA REVIEW: Voices are the most spectacular part of this 'Aida'". San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 2021-02-01.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  16. https://www.uctv.tv, UCTV, University of California Television-. "VIDEO: San Diego Opera Artists' Roundtable: Aida". www.uctv.tv. Retrieved 2021-02-01. {{cite web}}: External link in |last= (help)
  17. Staff, JACI WEBB Of The Gazette. "Take care in the woods: Rimrock Opera stages 'Hansel, Gretel'". The Billings Gazette. Retrieved 2021-02-01.
  18. "Palm Springs Art Culture - Music - Gary Berkson Valery Ryvkin John Bayless". Palm Springs Life. 2010-11-19. Retrieved 2021-02-01.
  19. "More History..." Palm Springs Opera Guild. Retrieved 2021-02-01.
  20. "San Francisco Opera Performance Archive". archive.sfopera.com. Retrieved 2021-02-01.
  21. "LA Opera Tweet".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  22. "Martina Arroyo Foundation's Prelude to Performance Program To Present 'Die Fledermaus'". Opera Wire. 2019-07-01. Retrieved 2021-02-01.
  23. "Recent Highlights From The Martina Arroyo Foundation's Prelude to Performance | Young Artists Showcase". WQXR. Retrieved 2021-02-01.
  24. Kleinberg, Shayna (2013-08-27). "Opera dept. adds artistic director". The Temple News. Retrieved 2020-11-03.
  25. Andy Gotlieb (2020-02-13). "Community Briefs: Opera conductor dies and more". Jewish Exponent. Retrieved 2020-11-03.
  26. Swed, Mark (2013-03-04). "Review: Opera Santa Barbara takes a bold, shaky step with 'Aida'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2021-02-01.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  27. Nockin, Maria. "BWW Review: EUGENE ONEGIN at the Lobero Theatre". BroadwayWorld.com. Retrieved 2021-02-01.
  28. Mar 05, Charles Donelan Tue; 2019 | 6:00am (2019-03-05). "'Eugene Onegin' at the Lobero". The Santa Barbara Independent. Retrieved 2021-02-01.

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