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  • Ron Brendel

    B.M.E., Evangel College
    M.M., D.M.A. Temple University

    Email: rbrendel@leeuniversity.edu

    Associate Professor of Music

    The performances of tenor Ron Brendel have been heralded as “effortlessly professional… strongly lyric…[and] memorable” in opera, oratorio and recital. As an opera singer, Brendel shines brightest in the Mozart tenor roles of Cosi fan tutte, Die Zauberflöte, and Der Shauspieldirektor. He is equally at home in the contemporary operas of Britten, most notably The Turn of the Screw and Owen Wingrave. Other roles include Tamino, Goro, Ferrando, Alfred, Ernesto, Frederic, Nanki-Poo, and Cajus. He has appeared with the Treasure Coast Opera, Peach State Opera, South Florida Opera, Asheville Lyric, Natchez Festival, Springfield Regional Opera, Opera in the Ozarks, and others.

    He debuted at Carnegie Hall in 2006 as tenor soloist in Mozart’s Coronation Mass. In oratorio, he sings Handel, Bach, Mozart and Haydn, and others. He has appeared with the Vero Beach Choral Society, the Pensacola Choral Society, the Imperial Symphony Orchestra (Lakeland, Florida) and the Central Florida Bach Festival, among others. He and his wife, soprano Chery Brendel, performed a recital of Schumann Lieder at the Schumann Konservatorium in Zwickau, Germany.

    As an academician, Brendel currently is associate professor of music at Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn., where he teaches voice and graduate vocal pedagogy. He has presented papers and lecture-recitals on various aspects of Britten’s music at the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, the College Music Society, and the Britten in Context conference in Liverpool, England, among others. He is widely performed in opera and oratorio, and presents a unique program of Britten song in 4 languages.

    With his wife, coloratura soprano and voice teacher Chery Brendel, he founded and is the general co-director of the Schumann Liederfest, an annual summer song program in Zwickau, Germany.

    He holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Evangel University (Springfield, Mo.), and the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from Temple University (Philadelphia, Pa.), where he was awarded a full scholarship for doctoral study. His specialization is the vocal music of Benjamin Britten.
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