(Norman, Okla.) April 14, 2011— "We'd like to invite the public to observe this gifted performer and teacher. 'The Flying Dutchman' from the world's most acclaimed opera houses is coming home to share his vocal insight and experience with our talented vocal performance students,” says Rich Taylor, Dean of the Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts.


The University of Oklahoma School of Music is pleased to welcome guest artist Robert Hale, world-renowned bass-baritone and University of Oklahoma alumnus for a master class at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 21, in the historic Holmberg Hall located inside the Reynolds Performing Arts Center. This master class is free and open to the public.


Hale is best known for his Wagnerian roles, especially Wotan in “The Ring” cycle and the title role in “The Flying Dutchman,” works that he has recorded with conductors Wolfgang Sawallisch and Christoph von Dohnányi.


An internationally acclaimed bass-baritone, Hale was born in Louisiana, received his early education in Oklahoma and pursued professional musical studies atBoston University and The New England Conservatory of Music.


Please visit http://music.ou.edu/ for a full calendar of events and performances at the School of Music. The University of Oklahoma is an equal opportunity institution. For accommodations on the basis of disability, please call the Box Office at (405) 325-4101.