Master Classes

Opera Grand Rapids offers master classes with prominent and entertaining opera scholars, performers, and directors.

2016-17 Season Master Classes


October 7  |  2:00 PM  |  Western Michigan University

Ricardo Herrera

Ricardo Herrera, bass-baritone, performer, teacher, stage director, was featured as soloist with Distinguished Concerts International in Jenkin’s Mass for Peace at Carnegie Hall where he also stepped in for Walter Cronkite to deliver excerpts of the “I have a dream” speech in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  He sang the role of Escamillo in Bizet’s Carmen with Glacier Symphony Orchestra and with Oldenburgisches Staatstheater in Germany; was a soloist with the South Eastern Festival of Song in Dallas, TX and in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Lake Forest Symphony.  Most recently he performed the role of Diego Rivera in Michigan Opera Theater’s production of Frida by Rodriguez, Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro, Ferrando in Il Trovatore with El Paso Opera and Dr. Bartolo in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Bel Canto at Caramoor for which he received rave reviews including one from the New York Times which stated “As Bartolo…the bass-baritone Ricardo Herrera nearly stopped the show with his hearty singing of the showpiece aria…capped by rapid-fire patter.”


January 20  |  2:00 PM  |  Betty Van Andel Opera Center

Nils Neubert

Tenor Nils Neubert performs in opera, oratorio, and recital, and is a frequent guest with international music festivals and concert series. Current and recent projects include appearances with Bach Vespers, Trinity Wall Street, TENET, Voices of Ascension, Musica Sacra, Sacred Music in a Sacred Space, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Berkshire Choral Festival, Musica Angelica, Sonoma Bach, Brooklyn Art Song Society, Polydora Ensemble, Ampersand, Locrian Chamber Players, Musical Oratory, Russian Chamber Art Society, American Landmark Festivals, 4×4 Baroque Music Festival, Early Music Festival: NYC, Cello Plus Chamber Music Festival, Summit Music Festival, International Academy of Music, Burgos International Music Festival, and the Beethoven Institute at Mannes. He holds degrees from the Juilliard School and Columbia University, and is a doctoral candidate at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center. He also trained at the Internationale Sommerakademie Mozarteum in Salzburg, Caramoor, and at the Festival de Musica Clasica de Puigcerda. Born and raised in Hamburg, Germany, he resides in New York City together with his wife, pianist Yuri Kim.


Students from Opera Grand Rapids Collegiate Consortium are welcome to participate in Opera Grand Rapids 2016-17 Season Master Classes. To participate in an Opera Grand Rapids Master Class, please fill out the Master Class Application Form and contact your vocal teacher.