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Gary Bachlund (b. 1947)

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***YRM no longer publishes music composed by Gary Bachlund. Please visit his website at www.bachlund.org for information on how to acquire his excellent choral and solo vocal works.***

A part time resident of both southern California and Berlin, Bachlund has been a guest artist at Frankfurt Oper (in Frankfurt and on tour to Israel), Oper Kˆln (in both Kˆln and on tour in Japan), Oper Braunschweig, Pfalztheater, Staatstheater Kassel, Teatro Filharmonico (Arena di Verona), Teatro Regio, Oper Graz and principal guest artist the Metropolitan Opera, since his Carnegie Hall debut in 1986, as well as with LA Opera, Florentine Opera, Tulsa Opera, Minnesota Opera, Dallas Opera, Arizona Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Hawaii Opera Theater, Washington Opera, Royal Opera (de la Monnaie), Royal Opera (Antwerpen), Royal Opera de Wallonie (LiËge), Opera de Paris (Bastille), Opera de Nancy et de Lorainne, Opera de Montpellier, Teatro Real (Madrid), and Teatro Municipal (Santiago), Welsh National Opera, Scottish National Opera, Edmonton Opera, L'Opera de Montreal, and Opera New Zealand.

Roles include the title roles of Wagner's Tristan und Isolde, Tannh‰user, and Parsifal, as well as Siegmund (Die Walk¸re), Erik (Der fliegende Holl‰nder), Loge and Froh (Das Rheingold); Strauss' Bacchus (Ariadne auf Naxos) and Aegisth (Elektra); Florestan (Fidelio), the title role in Der Kˆnig Kandaules, Don JosÈ (Carmen), EnÈe (Les Troyens), Jimmy (Rise and Fall of the City Mahagonny), Dimitrij (Boris Godunow in the original edition), Le Chevalier de la Force (Dialogues of the Carmelites), Agrippa (The Fiery Angel), Rudolph Valentino (The Dream of Valentino), Enzo (La Gioconda. His vocal study was with Dorothy Fries at Immaculate Heart College (BA, 1968). Coaching with Jack Metz, Martial Singher (Music Academy of the West) and Walter Taussig (Metropolitan Opera). Vocal awards have included the Debut Award and First Prize from the Young Musicians Foundation, and the Frank Sinatra Auditions First Prize as classical vocalist.

A native of Los Angeles, Bachlund has also studied composition, theory, aesthetics and music education in parallel with his performing career, and served as composer-in-residence at All Saints Church, Pasadena, since 1992, and created many choral works, almost all with ecumenical themes drawn from biblical sources; he has written liturgical music for the synagogue as well, also serving several synagogues as well as churches as Cantor.

Earning his Masters Degree (1991) and Ph.D. (1993) in composition from University of California, Los Angeles, he composed both poetic texts and the musical setting for an ecumenical Requiem for the Victims of AIDS (1991) which has been performed from Los Angeles to New York, and a large scale organ symphony titled The Jerusalem Windows (1993) on Jewish and art themes found in Marc Chagall's stained glass of the same name (the stained glass may be seen in the Hadassah Synagogue in Jerusalem). These works were debuted at All Saints Church by Timothy Howard and James Walker, as well as a double Concerto grosso in B major for harpsichord, organ and chamber orchestra (1997) which was debuted by them jointly for the American Guild of Organists and is dedicated to them both.

He has written over 400 art songs in many languages, as well as other choral and chamber works. Bachlund has studied theory and composition privately with Eugene Zador, as well as with Dorrance Stalvey at Immaculate Heart College and at UCLA with Roger Bourland, Roy Travis, Ian Krouse, Elaine Barkin, and Paul Reale, and music education and aesthetics with Abraham Schwadron and Maurice Gerow. He has taught at the Musical Theater Workshop of the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera and the American Center for Musical Theater in Los Angeles, as well as master classes as guest faculty internationally.


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